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.


Eva Cappelletti Chao / Violin

Jessica Dan Fan / Violin

Lin He / Violin

Gregory Lee / Violin

Brittany MacWilliams / Violin

Mari-Liis Pakk / Violin

Philippe Chao / Viola

Hillary Herndon / Viola

Sheldon Person / Viola

Jason Calloway / Cello

Natasha Farny / Cello

Meghan Berindean / Strings Chamber Music Coordinator

Tim Pearson / Bass

Sam Suggs / Bass

Jonathan Magness / Violin
Sabbatical Summer 2020


Gabriel Beavers / Bassoon

Chad Burrow / Clarinet

Carl Rath / Bassoon

Donna Shin / Flute

Robert Stephenson / Oboe

Rebecca Van de Ven / Wind Chamber Music Coordinator


Peter Bond / Trumpet

Eric Bubacz / Tuba

Jason Allison / Horn

Joshua Bynum / Trombone


Timothy K. Adams, Jr.

Week 4

Phillip O’Banion / Percussion

Week 1 and 2

She-e Wu, percussion

Week 3


Steve Beck

Amy I-lin Cheng


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.