Click on “choral or SSMF application” on the left or below depending on which program you want to apply for
- Application Form, including repertoire list and résumé.
- Two letters of recommendation, including one from private teacher
- Application Fee
- Recorded or live audition
- online: mp3 format
Students should submit a high-quality recording, audio only, containing a minimum of two contrasting works. One work may be an etude. A movement of a standard concerto or similar work is recommended. Orchestral excerpts are not required but may be submitted in addition to two other works.
Percussion applicants should submit a solo for snare drum, timpani and marimba ( four mallets) in addition, you may submit (2-3) of orchestral excerpts on snare drum, xylophone, and timpani. Excerpts are recommended, but not required
Your submission of your application is your assurance that you are the performer in the recording, and that the recording is unedited.
No paper applications, forms, or cd audition tapes will be accepted. Do not mail anything to the SSMF Office.
Applications are only considered when all materials, including application fee, are submitted via the Musiccas online application portal.
Returning students do not need to submit letters of recommendation or audition files.
Feb. 1, 2014
Deadline for $15 reduced application fee through Musiccas (you must have completed your application to take advantage of the reduced fee)
Deadline for guaranteed consideration for wind players
Mar. 15, 2014
Regular admission deadline. Deadline for guaranteed consideration.
The number of students accepted for each instrument is limited to those needed for the two orchestras. This ensures maximum benefit for each participant. Wind instrument places in particular are very limited and often fill before the March 15 deadline. Applicants are encouraged to apply early for full consideration. Those who wish to apply after the deadline should contact the SSMF office for information on place availability in their instrument.
Applicants will be notified of the status of their application within three weeks of receipt of all application materials. A non-refundable deposit of $250 is due within two weeks (14 days) of the dated acceptance notification in order to reserve a place in the Festival.
Live auditions will be held in Sewanee on Sunday, March 1, 2014. Live auditions in other locations may be held by special arrangement. Contact the SSMF office for further information.
The all-inclusive $3,750 fee includes tuition, weekly lessons, daily chamber music coaching, room, meals, recreation, and University student service fees for the full session. Accepted students must submit a non-refundable deposit of $250 within two weeks (14 days) of the dated acceptance letter in order to reserve a place in the Festival. There is also a $100 fully refundable deposit to be held by the SSMF until the end of the festival for costs incurred by the student. Full payment of all fees is required by May 15, 2014. If payment is not received by this date, the student may forfeit his/her place to a student on the waiting list. Students withdrawing from the Festival after May 7 but before June 9, 2014, will receive a refund of 50% of the total fee. No refunds will be made after June 1, 2014.
Financial Aid and Scholarship
Summer music program scholarships: Generous endowment support allows us to offer assistance to students based on merit and financial need. All students wishing to receive assistance must submit a fully completed Financial Aid Application by March 15, 2014. Copies of 2012 or 2013 household income tax forms are required to verify income.
All students wishing to be considered for assistance must submit a completed Financial Aid Application (at the same time as their Admission Application) by March 15, 2014. STIPULATION FOR ALUMNI & PRE-ACCEPTANCE STUDENTS: IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID, YOU MUST SUBMIT AN AUDIO RECORDING TO ESTABLISH MERIT. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY SUBMITTED THE MUSICCAS APPLICATION, SEND YOUR AUDITION FILE TO SSMF@SEWANEE.EDU (via www.wetransfer.com if your file is too large for e mail) AND IT WILL BE ATTACHED TO YOUR ACCOUNT.
Financial aid and scholarship awards are limited. Students wishing consideration for aid are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Students are also encouraged to explore funding sources in their own communities through various organizations, corporations, foundations, and businesses. Ex: school music organizations, music education organizations, youth orchestras and bands, music clubs, service clubs (Rotary, Chambers of Commerce, etc), churches, and foundations. search for summer music program scholarships -http://www.nfmc-music.org/
The Sewanee Summer Music Festival reserves the right to photograph and/or video students participating in camp classes, activities, concerts and performances. Photographs/video may be used for promotional purposes in press releases, brochures, on the SSMF/Rider web site, Facebook Fan Pages and in other publicity related or informational materials for Sewanee Summer Music Festival summer camp programs.
Your enrollment and participation in the programs mentioned above constitutes permission granted for the use of likeness in the above mentioned manner.