Scholarships & Competitions

SSMF Tuition Scholarships

Deadline: March 1st, 2018 (part of the admissions application). Applications submitted after this date may be considered if funding is available.

Award amount: Award amount ranges based on merit and financial need

SSMF tuition scholarships, funded by our generous endowment benefactors and Festival supporters, are awarded on the basis of merit and need. Students must submit financial aid information with admissions and audition materials to establish need. Awards offers are made along with admission decisions. Merit scholarships are very limited. All scholarship recipients are expected to contribute work hours during their stay at SSMF. The number of scholarship work hours are based on amount awarded and duties are assigned according to the student’s interest and skills.

Leadership Scholarships for Advanced Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass. Students Deadline: February 15, 2018 (part of the admissions application) Twelve full scholarships will be awarded in 2018. Additional significant partial scholarships are possible.

This scholarship program targets experienced, high level horn and string students to hold leadership positions in orchestra, chamber music and other activities during the 2018 Festival.

Although there is no minimum age requirement to be considered, applicants should display maturity, a high degree of playing ability and experience leading others in musical settings. In addition to occupying lead positions in the Sewanee Symphony, these scholarship students will perform high level chamber music and assist in coaching younger students.

The Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition

Deadline: May 25, 2018. Award amount: Opportunity for full or partial scholarship to 2019 SSMF

All SSMF students of orchestral instruments or piano are invited to enter the Concerto Competition, held in the first week of the Festival. Competition winners are featured with the Festival Orchestra during the final week and are eligible for the Jacqueline Avent Music Scholarship awards for the following summer.

Read more: Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition

External Scholarships & Competitions

To assist students in discovering external scholarships and financial aid, we have compiled a short list of potential funding resources. Local and regional libraries are often another rich source of resources.



If you or your organizations are interested in developing a scholarship program with SSMF, or if you would like to provide matching funds, please contact us at If you would like to make a direct contribution to Sewanee Summer Music Festival, you may do so here.