Sewanee Academy

Sewanee Academy Programs

The Sewanee Academy are dynamic residential programs for middle and high school musicians that run concurrently with the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. Participants are offered in-depth study of their instrument in comprehensive and supportive environment that encourages growth and personal development. Participants will focus on technique, musicality, audition preparation, chamber music and effective practice habits.  Academy participants will also have access to the full resources of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, including composition and conducting workshops, special master classes and free access to all festival performances.

During the Summer 2020 season, Sewanee will offer Academy programs in flute, clarinet and strings.

Academy FAQ


Q: Does the tuition cost include housing and meals?

A: Yes, the tuition includes room and board for the duration of your stay.

Q: Does the tuition cost include access to all performances?

A: Yes, all performances are open to Academy participants.

Q: When will I find out if I have been admitted?

A: Typically within 1—2 weeks of submitting your application. Admission to Academy Programs is rolling and will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis on qualification. Submit your application soon to ensure your spot in the Academy Program of your choice.

Q: Can I come late or leave early?

A: We prefer for Academy participants to attend the full session. If you have to come late or leave early, tuition will not be pro-rated.

Q: Is there a waiting list for Academy Programs?

A: Yes, students who apply once the program is full will be placed on the waiting list and admitted on a case-by-case basis as openings become available.

Q: Can I request a special diet in the dining hall?

A: McClurg Dining Hall has a range of diet options, from carnivore or pescetarian to vegan or vegetarian. When you complete your admitted student form, you will have the opportunity to share any dietary restrictions with us.

Managing Director Hilary Dow Ward on our Academy Programs