String Academy

2020 String Academy Dates:

Session I                                 Session II

July 5—12                              July 12—19

Students can choose to participate for one week or stay for both weeks of the program.


About the Program

The Sewanee Summer String Academy is a unique two-week program for rising 7th-9th* grade violinists, violists, cellists and basses that runs concurrently with the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.

Under the direction of Dr. Angela Ammerman, assisted by a dedicated faculty and dynamic group of resident advisors, the Sewanee String Academy is designed to with an emphasis on fundamental performance techniques. Centered around small group learning, students will engage in chamber music, master classes, small group lessons and string ensemble performance practice  They will also have theory and aural skills classes, eurythmics training and panel discussions with college students and professors on audition techniques, careers and opportunities in music. Academy participants will also have ample opportunity to engage with SSMF activities on our main campus, including free tickets to all faculty and student performances of the festival, as well as master classes and seminars that happen during the academy.

Students enrolled in the String Academy will have ample opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the mountain. Generous recreation time will be built into each day, allowing for a full summer experience.

*please contact the festival office ( for questions related to age requirements for the Academy program

If you have other questions regarding the String Academy, check the Student Handbook. You may find answers there!


2020:     To be announced

2019:     $1,350 — this includes housing, meals, and all instruction.

$300 deposit due 14 days after acceptance into the program.


*Scholarships available for qualified students*


Prospective academy participants need to submit an application. You do not need to upload a video audition. The 2020 application will open in the fall.

Please upload a document that outlines your participation in:

  • District, regional, or all-state ensembles
  • Solo and or/ensemble festival, including the piece(s) you performed, and the rating you received
  • Ensembles you regularly perform with (youth orchestras and wind ensembles, school ensembles, etc.)
  • Non-musical honors or awards — honor society, Boy/Girl Scout awards, etc.

Anything else you would like us to know about your musical or academic accomplishments

A recommendation letter from your private teacher, ensembles director or other people familiar with your playing will also be required.

Dr. Angela Ammerman

Program Director

String Academy FAQ

If you have questions, please see if the Student Handbook answers them.

Q: What ages are appropriate for this program/who should apply?

A: Students should be rising 7th grade—rising 9th grade, with at least two years of experience in group lessons, school ensemble, or private instruction.

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 dietaryrestrictions with us.