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Sewanee Summer Music Festival

Sewanee Summer Music Festival 2020

June 20-July 19, 2020

A Note from the Sewanee Summer Music Festival:

At this time, the 2020 Sewanee Summer Music Festival is proceeding as scheduled. SSMF administration is closely monitoring the situation in collaboration with The University of the South, state health officials, and the CDC.

  • In the event that SSMF is canceled due to COVID-19 all deposit and tuition fees will be refunded.

  • For information on reimbursement of air or ground travel, contact your chosen carrier.

  • Application fees cannot be refunded, as they serve to support our admissions system.

  • The deposit deadline has been moved to April 17th, and our tuition deadline is now June 10th

  • Our application remains open until AT LEAST March 30th, for all areas. Adjustments to audition requirements can be made if you are unable to access instruments or recording spaces due to school closures or other COVID-19 related issues. For questions about the application process, please email Admissions

  • All participating students will receive updates on the status of SSMF 2020 via email as they become available. Information will also be published on our social media and website.

Finally, keep in mind the festival office is currently closed with all staff working from home. Email communication remains the best way to reach us.
We know this is a challenging time. The festival, our faculty, and staff are here for you. We hope you are safe, healthy and in a place where you can continue to make music. Our new deposit and application deadlines are below.  For the latest information, including our new virtual concert hall, please follow us on Facebook.
We hope you are all healthy and safe during this unprecedented time.
New Deposit Deadline
April 17, 2020

New Tuition Deadline
June 10, 2020


Our faculty come from leading orchestras, chamber ensembles, conservatories and university programs. They come to Sewanee each summer to perform, teach and inspire the next generation.


Each summer, Sewanee assembles leading conductors from across the world who are passionate about music and educating the next generation of musical leaders.


During the 2019 season, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival explored the beauty of our natural world and the intimate connection between music and nature. Programming reflected a broad range of music that is inspired the beauty of our natural surrounding.

“The day I left Sewanee was the first day I wanted to go back.”

Paul Bryan
Dean, Curtis Institute of Music