Scholarships & Competitions

Our goal is ensure that financial barriers do not prevent talented young musicians from attending Sewanee Summer Music Festival. We encourage students needing assistance to seek out other sources of tuition support in addition to the scholarship awards from the SSMF.


SSMF Tuition Scholarships

Deadline: March 1, 2018 (part of the admissions application). Applications submitted after this date may be considered if funding is available.

Award amount: Award amount ranges based on merit and financial need

SSMF tuition scholarships, funded by our generous endowment benefactors and Festival supporters, are awarded on the basis of merit and need. Students must submit financial aid information with admissions and audition materials to establish need. Awards offers are made along with admission decisions. Merit scholarships are very limited. All scholarship recipients are expected to contribute work hours during their stay at SSMF. The number of scholarship work hours are based on amount awarded and duties are assigned according to the student’s interest and skills.


The Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition

 Deadline: May 25, 2018. Award amount: Opportunity for full or partial scholarship to 2019 SSMF

 All SSMF students of orchestral instruments or piano are invited to enter the Concerto Competition, held in the first week of the Festival. Competition winners are featured with the Festival Orchestra during the final week and are eligible for the Jacqueline Avent Music Scholarship awards for the following summer.

Read more: Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition


Sewanee Summer Music Festival
Orchestral Fellowship Program

Exceptional orchestral musicians across all instrumental areas (age 21-28) invited to apply for the Sewanee Summer Music Festival Orchestra Fellowship program. Orchestral fellows will perform as principal players of the Sewanee Symphony, and work together in various chamber ensembles throughout the summer.  These chamber groups will perform in a range of concerts and events including community concerts, student composer readings and traditional chamber music performances.

In addition, Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops, seminars and professional development sessions geared towards the development of both orchestral and chamber music careers i the 21st century. The orchestral fellowship cohort will meet regularly with selected guest conductors as well as participating in programs with our faculty and festival administration.

Candidates for the Orchestral Fellowship program will receive full tuition and housing support for the 2018 Sewanee Summer Music Festival.

Orchestral Fellowship Strings
Up to fourteen Orchestral String Fellowships are available for young professionals—violinists, violists, cellists and double basses—between the ages of 21-28. Fellowships will cover full tuition and housing costs for the 2018 Sewanee summer music festival.

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Perform as a principal player of the Sewanee symphony
  • Perform in chamber ensembles as assigned by the faculty. These ensembles will perform on the regular student chamber concerts and participate in community engagement performances during the festival
  • Assist with sectionals and participate in chamber music coachings for other ensembles
  • Other studio support as needed

Orchestral Fellowship, Winds and Brass
Up to twelve orchestral fellowships in wind and brass instruments will be available for the 2018 Sewanee summer music festival. These fellowships will cover full tuition and housing costs for the 2018 Sewanee summer music festival.

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Perform as a principal player of the Sewanee symphony
  • Perform in chamber ensembles as assigned by the faculty. These ensembles will perform on the regular student chamber concerts and participate in community engagement performances during the festival
  • Assist with sectionals for the orchestras and various chamber ensembles
  • Other studio support as needed, including light administrative work

Orchestral Fellowship Percussion
One percussion fellowship will be awarded for the 2018 SSMF.
In addition to playing principal (either principal percussion or timpani, depending on selected candidate's interest and needs of the ensemble) percussion fellows will be expected to:

  • Arrive on Thursday June 21 to assist with equipment set up and inventory
  • Stay until Tuesday July 23 to assist with equipment breakdown and storage
  • Manage and maintain inventory 
  • Assist as a sectional and chamber music coach for both orchestras.


Orchestral Fellowship Piano
Two fellowships in piano will be awarded for the 2018 SSMF
Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Performing orchestral keyboard parts in the Sewanee Symphony
  • Chamber music assignments
  • Assisting with younger piano students
  • Assisting the piano faculty in organizing piano studio recitals
  • Other duties as assigned

Application requirements for all fellowship positions

In addition to submitting a standard festival application, students interested in this fellowship program should include answers to the following questions:

  1. Briefly describe your overall career goals and why you think this fellowship will best help you get where you want to be in the future.
  2. Briefly describe your background and experience performing in educational outreach concerts.
  3. What role do you think modern orchestras and chamber ensembles play in 21st century culture? How can we work to enhance and expand that role?

Please submit your standard festival application on Embark, and send your answers to these questions to ssmfdirector@gmail.com

Embark application and questions are due no later than March 1, 2018.


External Scholarships & Competitions

To assist students in discovering external scholarships and financial aid, we have compiled a short list of potential funding resources. Local and regional libraries are often another rich source of resources.

Scholarships: 

Competitions:

  • Tennessee ASTA – Competition Resource Page: tnasta.com

If you or your organizations are interested in developing a scholarship program with SSMF, or if you would like to provide matching funds, please contact us at ssmf@sewanee.edu. If you would like to make a direct contribution to Sewanee Summer Music Festival, you may do so here.