Support the Festival

Giving at Sewanee

The Sewanee Summer Music Festival changes lives through music, and we cannot do it without your help. Online giving to SSMF is easy!  Visit our unique online giving page to support scholarships that honor Bruce Dinkins, Martha McCrory, Mayna Nance/Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition, or general festival programming. Your support allows the SSMF to attract some of the most talented young musicians from across the country and around the world – THANK YOU!

Explore all the options to give to SSMF below. For questions, please contact our Development & Community Relations Coordinator Jesse-Katharine Owens at jnowens@sewanee.edu.

When you give to SSMF, you are supporting:

  • Healthcare for international students
  • Visa fees for international students
  • Free tickets to elementary students in Grundy and Franklin county
  • Our continued collaboration with the Mountain T.O.P program
  • Community engagement performances and family concerts
  • General scholarship support for SSMF students
  • Instrument repair and maintenance during the festival, including new bows, rehairing, reeds, etc…
  • Music rental/instrument rental for the Sewanee Symphony and Cumberland Orchestra

Monthly Giving

By committing to a monthly gift, you join our treasured community of monthly donors. It is the safest, simplest, and most effective way to support the Sewanee Summer Music Festival as we adapt to ever-changing circumstances and look to the future. At this time when everything feels uncertain, all of us at SSMF find comfort in knowing that you care about our mission. Because of your generosity, the impact of SSMF will continue to resonate in concert halls and teaching studios across the world.

How to Join:

Visit our Giving Page and be sure to make your gift recurring – For as little as $10 a month, you can join our community.

Festival Endowments

The Sewanee Summer Music Festival is the fortunate beneficiary of endowed funds make possible through the gifts of dedicated and loyal members of the festival community.  Endowments offer the festival vital scholarship and guest artist support. To learn more about how SSMF changes lives, view a previous Annual Report.

Existing Endowments

The Jacqueline Avent SSMF Scholarship Prize Fund established by Walter E. Nance, M.D. and Mayna Avent Nance

Blaffer SSMF Endowment funded by the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation

Albert Bonholzer Endowment for the SSMF established by Herman and Mary Baggenstoss and friends

Martha Clark Dugan SSMF Artist-in-Residence Fund established by the family of Martha Clark Dugan to bring world class artists to the Sewanee Summer Music Festival

Dudley Fort SSMF Scholarship Fund established by Dr. Dudley Fort, Jr.

Kathlyn B. Hays SSMF Scholarship Fund established through a bequest by Kathlyn Hays

Elmer and Katherine Ingram SSMF Scholarship Fund established through a bequest by Mr. and Mrs. Ingram

George and Mamie Neville SSMF Scholarship Fund established by Holton C. Rush in memory of George and Mamie Neville

David and Lorraine Schlatter SSMF Fund established by Mr. and Mrs. Schlatter

Dortha Skelton Violin Scholarship Fund established by a bequest of Dortha Skelton

The Frederick Hailey Croom, Jr. Cello Scholarship established by a gift of Dr. Henrietta Brown Croom in honor of her son

The Martha McCrory Scholarship Fund for the Sewanee Summer Music Festival given by the family of Martha McCrory to honor her life and legacy with the Music Center.

To learn more about setting up an Endowment for SSMF please contact Jesse-Katharine Owens at jnowens@sewanee.edu.

Sponsorships & Advertising

Sponsorships are a great way to support individual students and sections in the Sewanee Symphony or Cumberland Orchestra. Chair sponsorships go directly to support student scholarships, enabling talented young musicians to attend Sewanee. There are a number of naming opportunities for individuals or businesses who wish to connect with the audiences, participants, and families of the music festival, as well as our greater community.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jesse-Katharine Owens.


“Sewanee is a special place where, not only do you get to play fantastic literature with some of the best people in your field, but you also get to do that with people you will remember and continue to cherish for the rest of your life…It’s hard to explain why, but I would encourage any young or experienced musician to try Sewanee and I do quite often. It just has to be experienced.”

-Trevor B. Class of 2016-17