2021 Festival Costs
Festival costs listed here apply to to all four-week Festival programs: Instrumental Program, OperaFest Sewanee, Conducting Institute, Composition Program. Supplemental programming costs are listed on the program pages.
Tuition: $3,000—This includes ensembles, lessons, music, coaching, chamber music, master classes, etc.
Housing: $1,875—This includes the use of all residence spaces and three meals per day in the McClurg Dining Hall.
Single Room Fee: $350—Single rooms are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Should the Festival need to pivot to virtual learning due to worsening COVID-19 conditions, students will have two options regarding festival costs:
- A full refund of all paid tuition and fees, except for the application fee
- A full refund of housing costs and a partial tuition refund with the opportunity to participate in a virtual Festival
Further details about a virtual program, including tuition and fees, will be made available to all participants prior to any potential pivot.
At this point, we anticipate an in-person program.
February 15th, 2021: Deadline for 2020 Deposited Students to let us know if they would like their deposit and scholarship honored from 2020.
February 15th, 2021: Priority Scholarship Application Deadline
$35 application fee
scholarship available for all studios
March 15th, 2021: Final Application Deadline
$75 application fee
scholarship available for some studios
Applications submitted after March 15th will be considered on a case by case basis. Some studios may be full by this point. Limited scholarship may be available.
Payment plans are available for tuition and fees associated with the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. Please check back for more information.
Over 60% of our festival participants receive some kind of financial aid to attend Sewanee.
Generous endowment support allows us to offer assistance to students based on merit and financial need. All students wishing to be considered for assistance must submit a completed financial aid application (part of the Admission Application). Financial aid and scholarship awards are limited. Students wishing consideration for aid are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Students are also encouraged to explore funding sources in their own communities and through various organizations, corporations, foundations, and businesses. For more information and a complete listing of currently available SSMF scholarships, visit our scholarships page.
Scholarship & Work Study 2021
The financial aid application is included in the Festival Application. Award amounts range based upon merit and financial need. SSMF awards two types of aid on the bases of merit and need, funded by our generous endowment benefactors and Festival supporters.
If you do not request need-based financial aid in your application, you will only be considered for merit-based aid.
All students will be considered for merit based scholarship support based on the quality of your application and the needs of the festival. Merit based awards are made early, so if you are interested in a merit award, we suggest you complete your application ASAP. Merit awards are not based on student or family financial need.
To be considered for need based work study, you must complete the financial aid portion of the online application. Work study students will be expected to complete a set number of hours each week in a variety of tasks based on their experience and skills. These positions could include work in the office, front of house, library or production/stage crew.
Students can receive both merit-based scholarship and work study aid to attend Sewanee.