String Academy

June 24—July 7

About the Program

The Sewanee Summer String Academy is a unique two-week program for middle school violinists, violists, and cellists that runs concurrently with the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, in residence at nearby St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School.


$1,700 — this includes housing, meals, and all instruction.

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


Prospective academy participants need to submit an application via You do not need to upload a video audition.

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


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

A: Students should be rising 5th grade—rising 8th 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.