Highlights of the 61st anniversary season

The four-week festival includes over 30 concerts each summer, presented by a wide variety of performers playing a spectacular array of instrumental repertoire. Whether you want to enjoy a small chamber ensemble comprised of artist faculty or one of the 100 plus student orchestras, you’ll hear top flight music making for the whole family. And yes, all concerts are free to children under 18 accompanied by an adult.

We’d like to suggest some particular highlights presented to celebrate our 61st summer.  All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

 SSMF square iconStudent Orchestra Concert Series (ticket required)

Sunday Afternoons, June 25, and July 2, 9, & 16
Guerry Auditorium 

Sunday afternoons feature two orchestral performances by the Cumberland Orchestra (at 2:30 p.m.) and the Sewanee Symphony (3:30 p.m.). These family-friendly concerts are approximately one hour in length.   

Faculty Chamber Music Series (ticket required)

Saturdays, June 17 & 24, July 1, 8, & 15, and Wednesdays June 28 and July 5

Guerry Auditorium

Distinguished artist-faculty present world-class performances.

SSMF Brass

Thursday, June 29, 5:30 p.m.
Angel Park, Downtown Sewanee

The SSMF brass will perform concert of favorites for the whole family.  Plan to shop and enjoy some of the local restaurants before or after the concert.

Student Chamber Music Concert at the Sewanee Inn

Thurs., June 29, 7:30 p.m.
The Sewanee Inn

Beautiful music provided by chamber ensembles of the SSMF in the elegant setting of the Sewanee Inn.  Delicious food and drink will be available for you to order and enjoy during the performance.

Saturdays, June 24 and July 8, 3 p.m.
Convocation Hall

A new addition to the Festival’s concerts.Two concerts created by our students, under the guidance of their faculty-artist studio teacher, that will introduce young listeners to instruments of the orchestra. The harp and percussion will each be featured in a concert that concludes with the opportunity to play the instrument. Ice cream, too! These concerts are presented in honor of Martha McCrory by Pam and Greg Maloof.


 July flags and truck4th of July, Tuesday

Fourth of July weekend is a high point in a Sewanee summer. The village hosts a crafts fair, children's activities, and parade in which the SSMF participates with a strolling orchestra.  At 7 p.m., SSMF performs a patriotic concert which is followed by fireworks. The holiday weekend will include the regularly scheduled Sunday afternoon orchestra concerts and on Saturday, a new offering, SSMF for Kids (see above).  

NOTE: Parade time 2 p.m.; Concert time is 7 p.m.


Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition Concert
Thursday, July 14, 7:30 p.m.
Guerry Auditorium

The Jacqueline Avent Summer Music Festival Scholarship Prize was established in 2007 by Walter E. Nance C’54 & Mayna Avent Nance of Sewanee, Tenn., in memory of Jacqueline Avent.  SSMF students play through the first rounds of the competition during the opening week of the festival.  Five finalists are selected and they perform in the concert this evening. First, second and third place scholarship winners of the concerto competition are awarded at the conclusion of the concert.

Tickets available at the door and on-line.

Festival Brass Concert
Saturday, July 15, 7:30 p.m.
All Saints’ Chapel

Strol down University Avenue about 9:30 Saturday evening, and the luminaria will guide you to All Saints Chapel where the Festival brass present a concert of popular repertoire.  A favorite tradition held on the last night of the Festival so make sure you arrive early to get a seat!

Our thanks to Woody's Bicycles, Concert Benefactor!

NOTE: This concert is at 10 p.m.