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Summary:Chamber Call and Summer Festival
Deadline: 15 February 2018
Date Posted: 26 October 2017
Details: Each year the nnSF Call for Scores invites submissions of contemporary scores for chamber ensemble that are performed by Performance Fellows at the annual Nief-Norf Summer Festival. Composers of selected compositions will be invited to attend the festival and coach festival students and faculty in the preparation of the work.

The 2018 nnSF Call for Scores invites submissions of contemporary scores related to the research conference theme of New Asia. The call is open to all composers without restriction, and the connection to the theme may pertain to the music, the instrumentation, the subject matter, or the identity of the composer, and is open to creative interpretation.

We invite submissions of works for chamber ensemble (3-12 players) for any of the following instruments:
guitar (acoustic or electric)
double bass
flute (all family)
clarinet (all family)
saxophone (all family)

Composer-performers using instruments not on this list, especially non-Western instruments, may also submit works that include themselves as a performer.

We welcome any of the following: scores requiring two or more of the same instrument (such as percussion ensemble or string quartet); works including improvisation, electronics, indeterminate notation or instrumentation; works that have been performed, recorded or published. All interested composers, at any point in their career are eligible to apply.

Submission fee: $15 for the first composition, $10 for each additional work (up to five).

Submission deadline: January 15, 2018
Details: Selections will be made in part based on the instruments of enrolled fellows in the Performance Workshop. If your score is selected, you will be invited and expected to attend the nnSF 2018, during a three-day period determined by the rehearsal and performance schedule. Composers will be given the opportunity to work directly with the fellows in preparation for a performance of their pieces. Selected composers will not be required to pay registration or tuition and will be offered accommodations for two nights and meals for three days. However, travel will not be covered or reimbursed.


Applicants should submit:

1) Completed Call for Scores Competition Submission Form including submission fee (when you submit the form, you will be provided a PayPal link to pay the submission fee).

2) Email to containing the following items:

PDF of the submission(s)
PDF of Program Notes and Performance History for the submission(s)
A brief explanation of the connection of your submission to the conference theme New Asia (see the Research Page for more details). Submissions without this explanation will not be considered.
Audio ( .mp3) recordings of the work(s), or links to on-line recordings, if available (not required, MIDI versions accepted). Video files will not be accepted. If you have a video, post it on-line with a service such as Youtube and send us a link.
A brief bio
Please scan any hand-written materials. For large files, please use a file-sharing service such as Dropbox or Google Drive.

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The nnSF Performance, Composition, and Music Technology Workshops invite applications from all instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers over the age of 18 (including undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and professionals).

Click or continue scrolling to learn how to apply to the 2018 festival.

DECEMBER 15, 2017
Apply to either the Performance, Composition, or Music Technology workshops 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.

FEBRUARY 15, 2018
Apply by this 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 will be offered to select applicants following successful acceptance to the festival. Scholarships will be awarded based on talent, instrumental need, 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.