Clarinet Academy

Session 1                                                         Session 2

June 16-22, 2019                                            June 23-29, 2019

The Sewanee Summer Clarinet Academy is a unique one-week residential program for middle and high school clarinetists that runs concurrently with the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.

Under the dynamic leadership of nationally recognized pedagogue Kristen Sheridan, Academy participants will learn:

  • How to develop solid fundamentals in tone, technique and sound production
  • How to select and prepare etudes, solos and orchestral excerpts
  • Cutting-edge concepts to help you master district, regional and college entrance auditions
  • How the proper equipment, carefully selected, can help you sound your best!

In addition, a major portion of each day will be devoted to performance, including opportunities in single and mixed instrument chamber groups, clarinet choir, performance class and master class with music festival faculty Chad Burrow, Rebecca Van de Ven, and other special guest artists.

Academy participants will be featured in a grand finale performance at the Guerry Garth on Saturday at 11AM, part of the Festival student chamber music series. These final concerts are free and open to the public.


If you have any questions please check the Student Handbook and our FAQ section at the bottom of this page.


Session I: Sunday, June 16th: 8 am — 12 pm.

Session II: Sunday, June 23rd: 8 am — 12 pm.


Session I: Saturday, June 22nd following 11:00 am chamber concert

Session II: Saturday, June 29th following 11:00 am chamber concert


$875.00 includes housing, meals and all instruction

Scholarships are available.


Prospective academy participants need to submit an application via Applicants need to submit a 5-7 minute video of their best performance of an etude, study, solo, district, regional or all state audition etude. You do not need a pianist or a professional recording. Complete application information can be found on our Acceptd site. In addition, you will be asked to outline your ensemble participation, honors or awards for the last two years, as well as provide the name and contact information for your band director and private teacher.


Kristen Sheridan – Program Director

Chad Burrow – SSMF faculty.  Prof. Burrow will present a clinic and master class for academy students


Kristen Sheridan

Program Director

Chad Burrow

Clarinet Academy FAQ

Please check the Student Handbook to see if it answers your questions.


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.

Q: How old can students be?

A: 13-18

Q: Can my 12-year-old come? He/she’s really good!

A: 12-year-olds can apply and submit a video. Admission is at the discretion of the Director based on the performance and experience of the applicant.

Q: How good with the students be? Do I have to be the first chair in my band to get in?

A: We expect to have a range of previous musical experience and ability at the Academy, from intermediate to very advanced. You don’t need to be the best in your area to get in. You should be:

  • well past beginner level
  • a dedicated home “practicer”
  • on a scale of 1 (beginner) to 6 (very advanced), be able to read and enjoy playing at least grade 3-level music.

Q: Do I HAVE to prepare a video?

A: Yes! We want to make sure you’ll get as much out of your time at Sewanee. To do that, we need to program music and classes based on YOUR strengths and weaknesses.

Q: What should I prepare for the video?

A: We want to hear what you’re good at. Acceptable audition repertoire could include:

  • Any solo you’ve prepared
  • Any etude or study you’re working on (ex: Rose 32 studies, Hite Melodious & Progressive Studies, etc)
  • Orchestral excerpts
  • District/Region/All-State audition piece
  • Scales WITH your other pieces. Do not submit ONLY scales.


Recording tips:

  • If you’re using your phone or tablet to record, make sure you’re in a well-lit room and your face and fingers are visible.
  • Please do not put the phone on your stand and record during a rehearsal.
  • You do NOT need an accompanist, but accompanied performances are most welcome if you’d like.