Our faculty come from leading orchestras, chamber ensembles, conservatories and university programs. They come to Sewanee each summer to perform, teach and inspire the next generation.


Lin He / Violin

Jonathan Magness / Violin

Philippe Chao / Viola

Jason Calloway / Cello

Tim Pearson / Bass

Gregory Lee / Violin

Eva Cappelletti Chao / Violin

Hillary Herndon / Viola

Natasha Farny / Cello

Sam Suggs / Bass

Brittany MacWilliams / Violin

Mari-Liis Pakk / Violin

Sheldon Person / Viola

Meghan Berindean / Strings Chamber Music Coordinator


Donna Shin / Flute

Carl Rath / Bassoon

Robert Stephenson / Oboe

Gabriel Beavers / Bassoon

Chad Burrow / Clarinet

Rebecca Van de Ven / Wind Chamber Music Coordinator


Peter Bond / Trumpet

Eric Bubacz / Tuba

Jason Allison / Horn

Joshua Bynum / Trombone


Jonathan Ovalle / Percussion

Phillip O’Banion / Percussion

John Tafoya / Percussion

Svetoslav Stoyanov / Percussion


Amy I-lin Cheng

Steve Beck


Paula Bressman

Rachel Miller


Jorge Variego

In Loving Memory

Hunter Thomas (1956-2018)

Hunter Thomas was a tremendous contributor to the life and breath of the festival. He spent over a decade on our faculty and added to the life of virtually every corner of activity within the festival.

He leaves a lasting impact on students from across the world. His loss is also deeply felt by his featival colleagues and entire Sewanee community. A scholarship has been established in his name to support the bassoon studio students during SSMF 2019.

Hunter Thomas, Principal Bassoon, Personnel Manager, and Librarian, performed with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra for more than forty years after winning an audition in 1971, while still a student in high school.