Flute Academy
2020 Flute Academy Dates:

Session I                                                   Session II*

June 20th—27th                                          June 28th—July 5th

Students can choose to participate for one week or register for both weeks of the Academy.

*Session II participants will perform in the July 4th band and should plan on checking out on July 5th.


New this year, the Sewanee Flute Academy is a comprehensive and immersive summer program for pre-college flutists. The goal of the academy is to expose students to new topics in music as well as to refine their performing skills. Learning takes place in small groups and includes hands-on projects, creative learning, and interdisciplinary studies in the arts. Nationally recognized flute pedagogue, Dr. Katherine Emeneth, will work with the flute academy students daily.

Participants are housed on campus and attend various events hosted by the Sewanee Music Festival. Throughout the week, students attend classes on a variety of topics including:
· Fundamentals – tone, technique, breathing
· Solo performance – learning the skills to craft a compelling performance and how to prepare and practice most effectively
· Music theory and history
· Music from around the world
· Mastering auditions – honor bands to college entrance auditions
· Beatboxing 101 and extended techniques

Students will participate in several ensembles including flute choir, small flute ensembles, and mixed ensembles with other instruments. Master classes will also take place featuring coaching by SSMF and University of Washington artist-faculty Donna Shin.

Flute Academy students will perform on the Grand Finale Concert at the close of the program. This concert is 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.

Tuition and Housing

$925 – includes room, board, and all program experiences

Limited scholarships are available – for maximum scholarship consideration, we highly recommend you submit your application by March 15, 2020.


Prospective academy participants need to submit an application online once it opens in the fall. 

All Applicants:

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.

If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please include a short video of your most recent performance of a district, regional or all state audition etude, solo and ensemble etude, or any other work that represents your current player.  NOTE – this is only required for students wishing to be considered for scholarship.

The 2020 application will open in the fall.


Dr. Katherine Isbill Emeneth – Program Director

Donna Shin – SSMF faculty.  Professor Shin will present a clinic and master class for academy students

Additional 2020 faculty TBA

Sample Schedule

7:30-8:30 Breakfast
9:15-10:15 Group Warm-Up
10:30-11:30 Technique Class or Rehearsal Visit
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:30-2:30 Master Class or Topic Discussion
2:30-3:30 Chamber Music
3:30-4:30 Special Topics in Music (Theory, Composition, Conducting)
4:30-5:30 Private Lessons or Individual Practice
5:30-7:30 Free Time and Dinner

7:30 – Evening Activity, including concerts, recitals and performances

Frequently Asked Questions – Flute Academy

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. 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: Only if you want to be considered for scholarship. A video is not required for standard admission to the academy program

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.

Dr. Katherine Isbill Emeneth, Program Director 

Donna Shin, SSMF Faculty Artist  – For more about Donna Shin, please visit our SSMF faculty page!

Dr. Katherine Emeneth is an enthusiastic performer, collaborator, clinician, pedagogue, and teacher with a passion for education.

Katherine Emeneth’s expertise and enthusiasm for rigorous flute pedagogy balances with a style that is engaging and encompassing the whole person. She is the owner of the Georgia Flute Academy where she specializes in pre-college flute education in northeast Georgia. In her studio, she creates individualized curriculum, organizes studio events that range from guest artist masterclasses to student recitals at local retirement homes, prepares students for local and national flute competitions, designs unique project-based learning for music history, theory, and listening, and provides learning enrichment through other various activities including field trips and a summer camp. She is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and speaker at various middle, high schools, and colleges throughout the southeast and beyond.

Additionally, Katherine Emeneth is the creator of the first ever online course for private studio music teachers called the Music Teacher’s Playbook. In an effort to educate musicians about creating a sustainable career in the arts by teaching privately, she shares her business knowledge, pedagogical ideas, and digital media expertise in this class specifically designed to help music educators forge a unique and successful career.

Katherine Emeneth’s professional performances include both solo and ensemble appearances with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Washington-Idaho Symphony Orchestra, Gwinnett Ballet Orchestra, Puget Sound Symphony, University of Washington Baroque Orchestra, Conservatorio d’Alessandria Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, and the Bay View Music Festival Orchestra. In 2015 she competed in the Gheorghe Dima International Music Competition in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.  As one of two Americans selected for the finals of this competition, she competed with some of the world’s top flutists. She has also been a finalist or prize winner in the Atlanta Flute Club’s Young Artist Competition, the Philadelphia Flute Society’s Young Artist Competition, the Byron Hester Young Artist Competition, and the Domey/Gillespie Young Artist Competition.

As an avid chamber musician, Katherine Emeneth is a co-founder of a chamber ensemble called The Kitchen Sync. This ensemble focuses on the hybrid arts and cross-discipline collaborations, specifically chamber music and storytelling, science, world cultures, and technology. The ensemble presents concerts capturing a variety of musical styles from Bach to Hip Hop and incorporates local storytellers, digital artists, opera singers, and scientists.  A strong emphasis of the Kitchen Sync’s mission is to bring unique musical and educational performances to the community.

In addition to being the Program Director of the SSMF Flute Academy, Katherine Emeneth is a co-founder of the Flutissimo! Summer Flute Workshop at the University of Georgia. Katherine has presented workshops at the National Flute Association, Kentucky Flute Festival, Seattle Flute Society, and at colleges and universities. Her workshops on the “The Entrepreneurial Flutist” are the most sought after. She currently serves at the Membership Committee Chair of the National Flute Association and was recently elected as the Assistant Secretary of the Executive Committee.

Katherine Emeneth has served on the faculty of the University of Washington. She currently teaches at Georgia Gwinnett College where she was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Teaching Award. Katherine Emeneth holds degrees from the University of Georgia and the University of Washington. She lives in Sugar Hill, Georgia with her husband and Old English Sheepdog, Barney. www.katherineemeneth.com