Orchestral Studies

The orchestral studies are a vital aspect of the Sewanee Festival experience. SSMF maintains two full orchestras that  rehearse daily and perform significant orchestral repertoire every week in public concerts for our community. Each orchestra maintains the highest standards of performance excellence, and is lead by a distinguished array of internationally renowned guest conductors.  Recent guest conductors at the festival include – Robert Moody, Memphis Symphony; Carl St. Clair, Pacific Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica; JoAnn Falletta, Buffalo Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony; Andrew Grams, Elgin Symphony; Karina Canellakis, Dallas Symphony; Gene Moon, California Baptist University; Oriol Sans, The University of Michigan.

During the 2019 season, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival will explore the beauty of our natural world and the initiate connection between music and nature. Orchestral literature and chamber music programming will reflect a broad range of music that is inspired the beauty of our natural surrounding.

Orchestra Repertoire
2019 Season

Cumberland Orchestra

Gene Moon, Conductor / Week One

Copland Fanfare for the Common Man (with combined festival brass)
Jorge Variego: New Work—World Premiere
Antonin Dvorak Symphony No. 9, Finale

Janna Hymes, Conductor / Week Two

Kodaly Dances of Galanta
Bizet Carmen Fantasy
Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien, Op. 45

Gene Moon, Conductor / Week Three

Gershwin Cuban Overture
Grøndahl Trombone Concerto, Dr. Joshua Bynum, soloist
Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol

Gene Moon, Conductor / Week Four

Glinka Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla
Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition

Sewanee Symphony

Oriol Sans, Conductor / Week One

Thomas Ades Suite from Powder Her Face
Sergei Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

JoAnn Falletta, Conductor / Week Two

Tchaikovsky 5th Symphony
Additional works, TBA

Gemma New, Conductor / Week Three

Salina Fisher Rainphase
Bedrich Smetana The Moldau
Claude Debussy La Mer

Jacomo Bairos, Conductor / Week Four

De Falla Three-Cornered Hat
Rogerson Of Mountains
Respighi Pines of Rome

Cumberland Orchestra

Fundamental to the Sewanee experience, The Cumberland Orchestra serves offers students a broad range of literature, much of which they have not experienced before. Lead by gifted educators and supported by our dedicated faculty, the Cumberland Orchestra offers our pre-college and college participants the opportunity to study, learn and grow as orchestral performers. The Cumberland Orchestra performs weekly, Sunday afternoons at 2:30PM.

Sewanee Symphony

The Sewanee Symphony, for our most advanced students, is a pre-professional ensemble introducing students to the real world of orchestra life. Students will study core literature, explore contemporary works, and collaborate with faculty soloists. Festival faculty guide weekly sectionals and attend rehearsals to reinforce fundamentals of orchestral performance. The Sewanee Symphony performs weekly, Sunday afternoons at 3:30PM.