Residence Life

Student Housing and Meals

Students are housed in university residence halls and arranged by age and gender. Residence halls are supervised by a team of residence life counselors lead by two Co-Directors of residence life.

Female participants under 18 years will be in Johnson Hall, female participants 18 years and older will be in Tuckaway Hall, male participants under 18 will be in Cannon Hall, and male students 18 years and older will be in Elliott Hall.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided by the University’s state of the Art McClurg Dining Hall.  Students also have access to Stirling’s coffee house on campus, and a number of dining options in the village of Sewanee.

For information on what to pack, please refer to our 2019 Student Handbook.

SSMF 2019 Student Handbook

Health Insurance and Medical Care

All students must be covered by health insurance. International students may make health insurance arrangements through their airline provider.

In addition to a hospital on campus, there is a range of medical facilities available to students during their stay in Sewanee. Specific medical care and medication-related questions can be answered after the admission process is completed.

A note about the Residence Life Team

The residence life team of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival is here to help ensure a safe environment for our students so they may focus on their studies at the festival. They are here to ensure that medical emergencies are addressed, and issues related to the overall health and wellbeing of festival participants are handled in a reasonable and timely way. Participants are responsible for maintaining their own daily schedules, as well as bringing medical needs to the attention of the residence life team. 


Several special recreational outings are arranged each summer and include hiking, swimming, and caving. The Fowler Sports and Fitness center is a state-of-the-art athletic facility that houses a swimming pool, weight room, and courts for basketball, volleyball, handball, racquetball, and squash. Outdoor facilities include an all-weather track, 10 tennis courts, golf course, an equestrian center, and several fields for recreational sports.

Residence Life FAQ

Many questions will be answered by the SSMF 2019 Student Handbook

Q: Do pre-college students have a curfew?

A: Yes, all pre-college students have a curfew during the duration of the festival. This will be established in residence life meetings at the start of SSMF.

Q: Will I get to select my roommate?

A: Every accommodation will be made to match roommate requests.  Both parties need to request to room with the other, and parents must approve as well for participants under the age of 18.

Q: Are pre-college and college students housed in the same dorms?

A: No, students under 18 are in a different residence hall from students 18 and above.

Q: Are pre-college and college students allowed to socialize together?  

A: During normal operating hours of the festival, pre-college and college students will interact.  However, pre-college students are not allowed into the residence halls of college students, and college students are not allowed into the residence halls of pre-college students, at any time, for any reason during the duration of SSMF.

Q: What are the Alcohol and Drug policies of the University?

A: Rules Governing Alcohol – The University prohibits the unlawful use, possession, and distribution of alcoholic beverages. Under Tennessee law, it is unlawful for any person under the age of 21 to buy, possess, transport, or consume alcoholic beverages, including beer and wine. It is also unlawful for a person over 21 to buy or furnish alcoholic beverages for anyone under 21. Any student who violates state law or the University’s alcohol policies is subject both to the jurisdiction of local law enforcement officials and the discipline system of the University.

Please review the University’s drug policy HERE

Q: Will the residence life staff wake me up in the morning?

A: No, participants are responsible for waking themselves up and being on time to rehearsals. 

Q: Will the residence life staff make sure I eat breakfast and lunch?

A: No, you need to do that on your own. Meal times are built into your daily schedule. 

Q: Will the residence life staff walk me to my dorm at night?

A: Every reasonable effort will be made to ensure your safety at all times. If you feel that you need someone on the team to escort you back to your residence hall, please feel free to ask.  

Q: I am having trouble with my roommate, who should I talk to?

A: You should bring the issue to the attention of your proctor, then one of the co-directors of residence life. Address problems quickly, don’t let them linger. Most situations can be dealt with easily with just a little communication.

Q: Is Sewanee a camp or a festival?  

A: Sewanee is a long-running internationally renowned summer music festival for serious young musicians. Participants come here, primarily, to study their instruments in the context of orchestral and chamber music. There will also be ample time for rest, relaxation and fun – but this is not a summer camp. We look forward to welcoming you to our campus this summer!