Audition Requirements

Application process

The Sewanee Summer Music Festival is pleased to work with for our application process.  Audition recordings will be submitted through this portal as part of the application process.

Video Guidelines

All applications should be submitted using a video – audio-only applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Your videos should be of recent performances, no more than 6 months old.

Please upload the solo video and excerpt video(s) as different files, in accordance with the requirements listed below. Excerpts can be one video, with pauses in between, or separate videos.

Application Fees

Application fees and deadlines will be posted in Fall 2020.

Audition Requirements


In addition to the selected excerpts, please upload a solo or selection of solos from a sonata, concerto or other work that amount to 5-7 minutes, demonstrating your current performance ability. These may be performed with or without piano accompaniment.

  • Mendelssohn: Midsummer’s Night Dream – Scherzo – 1st violin:
    8 measures before “A” to 7 measures after D

  • Precollege applicants:

    Glinka: Ruslan & Ludmilla – opening to letter “C”

    College applicants:

    Brahms Haydn Variations #5

Application FAQ

I attended SSMF in a prior summer, do I need to submit an application again?

Yes, all new and returning students need to submit an application

I was a participant in the Sewanee Academy last year, and would like to apply for the festival this year, do I have to submit an application? 

Yes, please!

I applied and was admitted in the past, but did not attend, do I need to submit an application again?

Yes. Thanks!

I want to audition with something different than the requirements, is that ok?

No, please review the audition requirements carefully.  We have given you the opportunity to choose something of your own, along with the pre-set excerpts for 2020.  Please send the materials requested.

Can you waive the application fee?

We are unable to waive the application fee, as this fee supports our online audition portal.

What is the age range for SSMF?

While we do not have a specific age limit, we do feel that students will most benefit from the Sewanee experience if they are somewhere between 15-25

How good do I have to be to get into SSMF?

SSMF hears students from across the world and is a competitive program.  We encourage you to do your best in the application and make sure you have strong recommendation letters.  We also believe that students both in high school and in college will benefit from the Sewanee experience, so we encourage students from age 15-25 to apply

When will I hear from Sewanee regarding my application?

A: Notification can occur anytime after our faculty reviews your application, usually 2-3 weeks after submitting the application. Calling or emailing the office will not accelerate the process!

What happens if I am waitlisted?

If you are waitlisted, you should confirm your spot on the waitlist by replying to the admissions team that you wish to be considered for the waiting list.  Some students are admitted right away, others are denied acceptance, and many are placed on the wait list. Calling or emailing the office will not increase your chances of being selected from the waitlist.