Support the Festival

Existing Festival endowments

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, Mayna Nance/Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition, 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, concert, concert series, faculty or guest conductor

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. There are a number of naming opportunities for individuals or businesses who wish to connect with the audiences, participants, and families of the music festival, as well as our greater community. To discuss various sponsorship programs, please contact Festival Director John Kilkenny at

Planned and Estate Giving, employee matching gifts

As a program of the University of the South, SSMF has a number of ways for our supports to help the festival, including planned and estate giving, matching gifts, gifts of stock, and university payroll deductions. Please visit to learn more. Remember to designate the Sewanee Summer Music Festival!

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 2021 program book, please contact Hilary Dow Ward