Tuition & Fees

Festival costs listed here apply to our four-week instrumental program.

OperaFest Sewanee, Conducting Institute, Composition Program, and supplemental programming costs are listed on the program pages.

—This includes ensembles, lessons, music, coaching, chamber music, master classes, etc.

—This includes a double occupancy room, three meals per day in the McClurg Dining Hall, and use of campus facilities including the Fowler Athletic Center and duPont Library.

—Single rooms are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Payment Plans

Payment plans are available for tuition and fees associated with the Sewanee Summer Music Festival through our Acceptd. Once you are moved to the tuition phase, you may pay any amount at any time toward your balance until the balance is $0. The full balance is due by June 1, 2022.

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Financial Aid

Over 60% of our festival participants receive some kind of financial aid to attend the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.

Generous endowment support allows us to offer assistance to students based on merit and financial need. Students wishing consideration for merit-based or need-based awards 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.

The financial aid application is included in the Festival Application. Award amounts range based upon merit and financial need. There are two types of financial support participants can receive from the Sewanee Summer Music Festival: Need-based Financial Aid and Merit-based Scholarship.
Students can receive both merit-based scholarship and need-based / work study aid to attend Sewanee.

If you do not request need-based financial aid in your application, you will only be considered for merit-based aid.

Merit-Based Scholarships

Are awarded to any highly qualified participant, based on the quality of your performance application, previous performance experiences, and references. All students are considered for merit-based scholarships. Merit awards are not based on student or family financial need.

We encourage you to complete your application EARLY to be considered for maximum funding.
Need-Based Financial Aid / Work Study

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 and will not interfere with rehearsals, lessons, performances, masterclasses, or any other scheduled event.

Alumni tuition credit

All summer festival alumni who are successfully readmitted to SSC for the 2022 season will be automatically awarded a $750 tuition credit, in addition to any other types of scholarship or work-study you are awarded. 

Orchestral Fellowship Program

Orchestral fellows of the Sewanee summer music festival will serve leading roles performing in chamber groups and in the Sewanee Symphony. Additional responsibility’s may include running sectionals, coaching younger chamber groups, coordinating with the orchestra library, and serving as a mentor for our younger musicians at the festival

Fellows will also be asked to engage with our patrons and supporters.

While there is no set age limit for fellows, the ideal fellowship candidate will be nearing the end of their undergraduate training, or in a graduate program. They will have strong chamber music and orchestral experience and understand what is means to lead a section, communicate with orchestral administration, conductors and the sections they will lead.

OperaFest Fellowship Program

Fellow Artists are advanced artists who are predominantly early in their career, current graduate students, or exceptional young artists pursuing professional training opportunities. OperaFest provides Fellow Artists with hands-on career development experiences, including coaching and performing of aria packages, opera scenes, and chamber music, as well as aria performances with orchestra and professional industry auditions. Fellow Artists will receive additional training in audition techniques and classes in language/diction, acting, and professional development classes.

Up to five Fellows will be on partial or full scholarship and will be asked to engage with our patrons and supporters.

Application Deadlines

October 15, 2021
  • Application Opens!
  • $35.00 application fee
Feb 18th, 2022
  • $35.00 application fee Oct. 15 — Feb. 18
  • Priority application deadline
  • Scholarship available for all studios
March 25th, 2022
  • $75.00 application fee Feb. 19 — Mar. 25
  • Final application deadline
  • Scholarship available for some studios
After March 25th, 2022
  • Applications after March 25th will be accepted on a case by case basis with limited scholarship availability. Some studios will be full.

Application Process

The Sewanee Summer Music Festival is pleased to work with for our application process. Audition recordings will be submitted through this portal as part of the application process.

Video Guidelines

All applications should be submitted using a video – audio-only applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Your videos should be of recent performances, no more than one year old.

Please upload the solo video and excerpt video(s) as different files, in accordance with the requirements listed below. Excerpts can be one video, with pauses in between, or separate videos.

Audition Requirements


In addition to the selected excerpts, please upload a solo or selection of solos from a sonata, concerto or other work that amount to 5-7 minutes, demonstrating your current performance ability. These may be performed with or without piano accompaniment.

  • Mozart: Symphony no.39, 1st violin, IV. Finale mm.1-41 (downbeat of 41)
    SSMF 2022 Violin Excerpt

  • Precollege applicants:
    Mozart Symphony No. 35, Mvmt IV, m. 134-181
    SSMF 2022 Pre-College Viola Audition Excerpt

    College applicants:
    Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, m.19-88
    Tchaikovsky 6

  • Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Scherzo, N – O

    Brahms Symphony No. 2, mvt 2, Beginning – A

    SSMF 2022 Cello Audition Excerpts

  • Select ONE of the 3 excerpts below. You do not have to prepare all three, just either #1, or #2, or #3

    1. Beethoven Symphony 5, mvt 3, mm. 1-200 AND mm. 141-218
    Beethoven 5
    2. Mozart Symphony 40, mvt 1, pickup to m 115 – m. 138
    Mozart 40
    3. Wagner Prelude to Die Meistersinger rehearsal J to rehearsal N
    Wagner Prelude to Die Meistersinger

  • Beethoven—Lenore Overture No. 3, m.328-360

    Brahms—Symphony No. 4, Mvmt 4, m.89-105


  • Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Mvt 2: 180-248
    Beethoven #9

    Rimsky Korsakov Scheherazade Mvt 3: 4 before K—7 after K

  • Select TWO of the excerpts below:

    Beethoven, Symphony 8, movement 3, Trio only
    Beethoven 8

    Brahms, Symphony 3, movement 2, measures 1-22
    Brahms 3

    Kodaly, Galanta Dances, measures 31-65

    Mendelssohn, Scherzo, measures 1-48 from a Midsummer Nights Dream
    Mendelssohn Scherzo

    Rachmaninov, Symphony no. 2, beginning through tied C at 47

  • One movement of a solo work of your choice and the following:

    Exposition of Mozart Bassoon concerto (measure 35 through 71)
    Mozart Bassoon Concerto

    Rimsky Korsakov Scheherazade 1st bassoon
    2nd movement solo and cadenzas
    Scheherazade Mvt2
    Scheherazade Cadenza

    Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique 1st bassoon
    Fourth Movement: 11 before rehearsal 50 to rehearsal 53
    Symphonie Fantastique Mvt. 4

  • Solo Requirement:
    Choose either a movement of a standard solo work or an etude of your choosing.

    Orchestral Excerpts:
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Mvt 3, Horn 1 — 50 after A through 79 after A
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5, Mvt 2, Horn 1 — 8 before A through 13 after A

    For college applicants only (optional for pre-college students):
    Shostakovich: Symphony No 5, Mvt 1, Horn 1 — 3 after 17 through the first bar of 21

  • JL Small Etudes 1 & 2
    Small Etudes 1-2

    Rimsky Korsakov Scheherazade:
    Trumpet 1 in B-flat: Mvt III, G—H
    Trumpet 2 in A: Mvt IV, 9 before Q—R
    Scheherazade Trumpet 1
    Scheherazade Trumpet 2

    Copland Appalachian Spring (finale) rehearsal 62-64, 65-67
    Trumpet Appalachian Spring Excerpt

  • David – Concertino (beginning through 20 after letter C)

    Mozart – Tuba Mirum (solo)

    Berlioz – Roman Carnival Overture (7th bar of rehearsal 19 to the end)

    Copland – Symphony No. 3, m. 1 (rehearsal 7 through 12)

    2022 SSMF – Tenor Trombone Audition Packet

  • Bach – Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 5 (no repeats)

    Mozart – Kyrie (beginning through m. 21)

    Strauss – Till Eulenspiegel (rehearsal 36 through 16th measure of rehearsal 37)

    Wagner – Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla (final 15 measures)

    2022 SSMF – Bass Trombone Audition Packet

  • Berlioz – Hungarian March – Reh. J-L
    Hungarian March

    Prokofiev – Symphony #5, 1st mvt., Reh 3—6

    Wagner – Meistersinger Overture J – L

    Wagner & Prokofiev

  • Solo: one solo on each snare drum ( Delecluse, Peters, Cirone etc…), timpani ( Deleclude, Hochrainer, Carter etc…),  and marimba ( bach, or contemporary solo).

    If the solo work is over 10 minutes, or multi-movement, selections or a single movement – example:  Druckman, Reflections on the Nature of Water, 1st and 2nd movement only would suffice.

    Snare drum
    Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade, mvt. III – letter D to E
    Scheherazade Mvt III
    Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade, mvt. IV – letter P to R
    Scheherazade Mvt IV

    Orchestral Roll
    20 seconds, pp to ff to pp

    Gershwin Porgy and Bess — opening
    Porgy & Bess

    Respighi: Pines of Rome, mvt. I – 12 bars before Vivace to the end
    Pines of Rome

    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, 1st movement – 2 bars before Letter T to U
    Tchaik 4 Timpani

    Dvorak: Carnival Overture, letter T to the end
    Carnival Overture

  • Solo: one solo of applicant’s choice no longer than 10 minutes in length

    Rimsky Korsakov—Capriccio Espagnol:  cadenza
    Tchaikovsky—Nutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers

  • Two contrasting solo works that represent both lyrical and technical ability. Additional collaborative work may be included.

  • Composition applicants should submit scores of PDF ’s two contrasting works written for solo, chamber or large ensemble (orchestra, chamber orchestra or wind band). Recordings or midi realizations are not required but encouraged. In addition, it is required one letter of recommendation or the contact information for two professional references in the field of music.

  • A video audition is required. Videos must be in the orchestra’s POV and give focus upon the conductor. The video must include at least two contrasting works and not exceed 15 minutes. Videos should show applicants conducting a full orchestra, wind ensemble or chamber ensemble. Applicants may also submit videos with piano, but an ensemble of at least six musicians is preferred.

  • Two contrasting arias

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