The Sewanee Symphony and Cumberland Orchestra provide an amazing learning opportunity for our students

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, Stephen F. Austin State University, Oriol Sans, The University of Michigan, Cesar Leal, The University of the South


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
2018 Season

Cumberland Orchestra

Gene Moon, Conductor / Week One

Weber Overture to Der Freischutz
Sibelius Karelia Suite
Moncayo Huapango

Gene Moon, Conductor / Week Two

Bernstein/Press Overture to West Side Story
Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, 1st movement
Lin He and Hillary Herndon, Faculty Soloists
Tchaikovsky Symphony #2, Little Russian

Cesar Leal, Conductor / Week Three

Copland An Outdoor Overture
Debussy La Cathedral Engloutie
Dvorak Slavonic Dances Op.46 1-4 and 8
Bermúdez Tolú

Daniel Boothe, Conductor / Week Four

Offenbach La belle Helene Overture
Camphouse Resolutions
Beethoven 9th Symphony scherzo
Ginastera Estancia Suite

Sewanee Symphony

Christopher Cicconi, Conductor / Week One

Bernstein Profanation from the Jeremiah Symphony
Mahler Adagietto 5th symphony
Mackey Redline Tango
Copland Appalachian Spring

Oriol Sans, Conductor / Week Two

Puts Hymn to the Sun
Bernstein Divertimento
Sibelius Symphony #5

Jacomo Bairos, Conductor / Week Three

Chris Rogerson Luminosity
Gershwin Cat Fish Row, from Porgy and Bess
Ravel Daphnis and Chloe
Ravel  La Valse

Robert Moody, Conductor / Week Four

Bernstein West Side Story
Engina Variations

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.  

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.