Sewanee Summer Music FestivalApplication materials


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  • Application Form, including repertoire list and résumé.
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from a private teacher.
  • Application Fee.
  • Recorded or live audition.



Audition requirements

Students should submit a high-quality mp3 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.

Sewanee Summer Music Festival is open to high school and college students. Applicants must be 12 years of age as of June 01, 2014.

Completed applications

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. A resume, repertoire list and application fee must still be submitted.

Applying as part of a Chamber Ensemble:

The Chamber Ensemble application process is separate from the individual SSMF application process. For your ensemble application (not your individual application), choose “Chamber Music” as your Festival discipline.

If you are applying as part of a Chamber Ensemble, members of the Ensemble must ALSO apply as individuals to SSMF in their specific discipline, and they must submit application and audition materials accordingly.

Even if your Chamber Ensemble is a returning Ensemble applicant, you WILL need to submit letters of recommendation and audition files that pertain to the Chamber Ensemble as a whole.

Application & Admission schedule

January 31, 2014
Deadline for early application ($15) – application completed through Musiccas.
Deadline for guaranteed consideration for wind players.

March 14, 2014
Regular admission deadline ($60) – application completed through Musiccas..
Deadline for guaranteed consideration for non-wind player.

Deadline – Extended
Admissions have been extended for all string sections, harp, piano, and brass. We also have a limited number of high school woodwinds spots. Seats will remain open until filled.


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. 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 (3) 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

Live auditions will be held in Sewanee on Sunday, March 01, 2014. Live auditions in other locations may be held by special arrangement. Contact the SSMF office for further information.

Dates & Tuition

Sewanee Summer Music Festival: June 21 – July 20 ($3,950)
Pre-Collegiate Piano Program: June 29 – July 12 ($1,950)
Advanced Piano Program: June 21 – July 20 ($3,950)

The all-inclusive tuition 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. Full payment of all fees is required by May 09, 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 09 but before June 06, 2014, will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be made after June 06, 2014.

Financial Aid and Scholarship

The Scholarship Application can be filled out in Step 2 of the Musiccas application process.

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 Scholarship Application by March 14, 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 Scholarship Application (at the same time as their Admission Application) by March 14, 2014.

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. The National Federation of Music Clubs is a good place to start ( - search for summer music program scholarships).

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Photography Release

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.


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