Piano Program

The piano program at SSMF believes in a holistic, comprehensive approach to the training of a 21st-century pianist.  Extensive experiences in solo, collaborative, and concerto literature will offer selected students the opportunity to develop a range of skills to prepare for a life in music.

Faculty Artist
Program Coordinator

Steve Beck

Faculty Artist
Program Coordinator

Amy I-lin Cheng
Program highlights include:
  • Weekly individual lessons with faculty artists
  • Regular chamber music coachings
  • Weekly chamber music performance opportunities
  • Studio recitals
  • Studio class
  • Repertoire class
  • Orchestral performance in the Sewanee Symphony, Cumberland Orchestra and Festival Orchestra
  • Contemporary music performance practice

For the summer of 2020, there is one piano fellowship available.  Additional scholarships are available based on the quality of student applications.  Tuition information is available on our tuition/financial aid page. Enrollment to the piano studio will be limited to ensure ample one-on-one instruction.

Secondary study in piano

Festival participants may elect to take supplemental lessons on piano during the festival.  Supplemental lessons are offered in 30-minute slots, once a week. While no additional audition is required, we do expect that students who register for secondary piano lessons will possess basic skills and have at least one year of prior private instruction.


$350 tuition includes four lessons (30 minutes each).