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nief-norf Summer Festival 2018 Composition Workshop

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15 February 2018

nief-norf Summer Festival Composition Workshop

The Nief-Norf Summer Festival (nnSF) is an interdisciplinary summer music festival, bringing together dozens of performers, composers, and scholars to collaborate on the performance, creation, and discussion of contemporary music. The nnSF Composition Workshop offers an intensive experience in chamber music composition, and currently invites applications from composers age 18 and over (including undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and professionals). Offered concurrently with the Performance Workshop, Music Technology Workshop, and Research Summit, the Composition Workshop provides fellows extensive interaction with the faculty, guest composers, and artists, as well as opportunities for hands-on exploration of the large variety of percussion instruments available during the festival.

Composition fellows will compose one work for 2-6 musicians under the mentorship of composition faculty Christopher Adler and 2018 guest composition faculty Sidney Marquez Boquiren, and will work with the performance fellows and faculty on the preparation of their work for performance during the festival. Composers will write for chamber ensemble, percussion ensemble or percussion in combination with other instruments, based on availability. Close interaction with performers will be invaluable for those seeking to gain experience in writing for specific instruments, while more experienced composers will benefit from the relationships built with dedicated performers of contemporary music. The workshop will admit up to ten composition fellows who will be present for the entire festival.

The tuition for the 2018 Nief-Norf Summer Festival is two thousand four hundred dollars ($2400 USD), which includes room & board for facilities on campus. A non-refundable downpayment of six hundred dollars ($600 USD) is due two weeks following formal acceptance to the festival. All participants are responsible for transportation to and from Knoxville, TN. Commuter plans are available to participants who wish to stay off-campus, and will reduce tuition by $450 USD. Participants may opt out of the on-campus cafeteria dining plan, reducing tuition by $250 USD. Full payment of tuition is due by April 01, 2018.

Apply to Composition workshop by the Priority Deadline (December 15, 2017) to receive:
$100 tuition discount for all applications submitted by the Priority Deadline!
Eligibility for $250 alumni tuition discount.
Eligibility for travel assistance.
Eligibility for scholarships.
Priority consideration for festival admission.
Decision by January 01, 2018.

Apply by the Regular Deadline (February 15, 2018) date to receive:
Eligibility for festival admission dependent on remaining availability following the Priority Deadline (December 15, 2017).
Decision by February 22, 2018.

Please note: Applications submitted after the December 15th Priority Deadline are not eligible for scholarships and travel assistance. Discounts cannot be combined with one another; only one discount per application (this does not include scholarships and travel assistance). All discounts will be documented through the application process and applied to the final tuition payment.
Scholarships may be offered to select applicants following successful acceptance to the festival. Scholarships will be awarded based on talent and financial need.
Travel assistance may be available for fellows with over $600 in travel expenses for those who apply by the priority deadline.
Alumni fellows in good standing from previous nnSF attendance will enjoy a $250 discount for return enrollment.

To apply, fill out the Composition Workshop Application found at http://www.niefnorf.org/apply. In addition to your educational background, you will need to upload the following when prompted:
- A current headshot for use in website and promotional media.
- A brief video statement introducing yourself and describing your experience with contemporary music up to this point, why you have chosen to apply to the Nief-Norf Summer Festival, and what you hope to gain from the experience. Statements should be uploaded using a streaming service such as YouTube or Vimeo, and not exceed three minutes in length.
- Two scores (PDFs) and recordings (optional) representing what you feel is your strongest work. 
- A statement of interest describing the piece you would like to compose for the festival, including some ideas for instrumentation. The final instrumentation will be determined by the Composition Workshop Director based on availability. 
- A bio or CV surveying your experience in composition.
A non-refundable fifty dollar ($50 USD) application fee is required to finalize the submission. Please scan any hand-written materials, and host your audio files through an online streaming service (YouTube, Soundcloud, etc.), providing the URL when prompted in the application.

For complete information, please visit http://www.niefnorf.org/composition
If you have questions, please contact Composition Program Director Christopher Adler at composition@niefnorf.org

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