Support the Festival
For over 60 years, the Sewanee summer music festival has trained the next generation of orchestral and chamber musicians.  The impact of Sewanee is felt on the stages of concert halls, across university campuses and in teaching studios around the world.    Your gift allows for the festival to continue to important work of not just teaching an instrument, but changing lives through the transformative power of music. Thank you for your continued support of The Sewanee Summer Music Festival – we hope to see you on the mountain this year!
John Kilkenny – Executive and Artistic Director
Hilary Dow Ward – Managing Director




Sewanee Summer Music Festival Endowment

The Sewanee Summer Music Festival is the fortunate beneficiary of endowed funds make possible through the gifts of dedicated and loyal members of the festival community.  Endowments offer the festival vital scholarship and guest artist support.

To learn more about our endowment opportunities, please contact John Kilkenny –

The Jacqueline Avent SSMF Scholarship Prize Fund established by Walter E. Nance, M.D. and Mayna Avent Nance

Blaffer SSMF Endowment funded by the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation

Albert Bonholzer Endowment for the SSMF established by Herman and Mary Baggenstoss and friends

Martha Clark Dugan SSMF Artist-in-Residence Fund established by the family of Martha Clark Dugan to bring world class artists to the Sewanee Summer Music Festival

Dudley Fort SSMF Scholarship Fund established by Dr. Dudley Fort, Jr.

Kathlyn B. Hays SSMF Scholarship Fund established through a bequest by Kathlyn Hays

Elmer and Katherine Ingram SSMF Scholarship Fund established through a bequest by Mr. and Mrs. Ingram

George and Mamie Neville SSMF Scholarship Fund established by Holton C. Rush in memory of George and Mamie Neville

David and Lorraine Schlatter SSMF Fund established by Mr. and Mrs. Schlatter

Dortha Skelton Violin Scholarship Fund established by a bequest of Dortha Skelton

The Frederick Hailey Croom, Jr. Cello Scholarship established by a gift of Dr. Henrietta Brown Croom in honor of her son

The Martha McCrory Scholarship Fund for the Sewanee Summer Music Festival given by the family of Martha McCrory to honor her life and legacy with the Music Center.



Give Online

Online giving to SSMF is easy!  Visit our unique online giving page to support scholarships that honor Bruce Dinkins, Martha McCrory, or general festival programming. Your support allows the SSMF to attract some of the most talented young musicians from across the country and around the world – THANK YOU!

Sponsoring a chair in our orchestras

Chair sponsorships are a great way to support individual students and sections in the Sewanee Symphony or Cumberland Orchestra. Chair sponsorships go directly to support student scholarships, enabling talented young musicians to attend Sewanee. For more information, please contact John Kilkenny –

Sponsoring a concert, concert series, faculty or guest conductor

There are a number of naming opportunities for indiviuals or business who wish to connect with the audiences, participants and families of the music festival, as well as our greater community.  If you are interested in an individual sponsorship, contact John Kilkenny

Planned and Estate Giving

The Sewanee Summer Music Festival is a program of the University of the South, and as such supporters can support the Festival in their estate planning.  To learn more about estate planning and how you can help secure our legacy, visit

Program book

Our program book appears both in a print and a digital edition. Over 200 festival participants, their parents, community members and families view our program book each season. If you wish to advertise in the 2020 program book, please contact Hilary Dow Ward

Volunteer – Friends of the Festival

This  group of dedicated supporters provides a range of opportunities to participate in the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. From sponsoring student scholarships, endowing a chair in the Sewanee Symphony or Cumberland orchestra, to hosting student dinners or volunteering at events, our friends of the festival members are vital to the success of SSMF. For more information about the Friends group or how you can participate, please complete the online information form below.
Friends of the Festival