June 16—July 14, 2024

Tuition & Fees

Tuition includes all lessons, coachings, masterclasses, rehearsals, practice and performance space fees,  and tickets to all concerts.




4 week ROOM & BOARD: $2,050
2 week ROOM & BOARD (OperaFest): $1,075
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.

This fee covers any lost or damaged music, lost keys or access cards, damage to your room, etc. Participants will receive the fee back after the conclusion of the festival minus any incurred fees for the aforementioned infractions.

Payment Plans

Payment plans are available for tuition and fees associated with the Sewanee Summer Music Festival through our Acceptd portal. 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, 2024.

Students who withdraw from the festival before the May 19 deadline will receive a 50% tuition refund, excluding the non-refundable deposit. Refunds will not be granted for any reason if the inquiry is communicated to our office past May 19, 2024.

Reach out to ssmfadmissions@sewanee.edu with any questions.

Financial Aid

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: Work-Study Aid based on need and Merit-based Scholarship.
Students can receive both merit-based scholarship and work study aid to attend Sewanee.

If you do not request work-study 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.
Work Study Aid

Our Work Study program is based on demonstrated financial need. To be considered for our work study program, 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.

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 responsibilities 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.

Application Deadlines

October 14th, 2023
  • All Applications Open !
  • $50.00 application fee
February 5, 2024
  • OperaFest Application Deadline
February 16th, 2024
  • Early Bird Application deadline for composition and instrumental programs
March 22nd, 2024
  • Final Application Deadline for ALL programs
  • $80.00 application fee Feb. 16 — Mar. 22
After March 22nd, 2024
  • Applications after March 22nd may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Some studios will be full.

Application Process

The Sewanee Summer Music Festival is pleased to work with www.getacceptd.com 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.

2 pieces of the applicant’s choice, about 10 minutes in length.
Suggested repertoire is a movement of a violin concerto, a showpiece, a movement of a solo Bach Partita or Sonata, or a movement of a violin sonata.
These 2 selections will act as your required excerpts.
Students will be asked to play orchestral excerpts and sight reading at their seating auditions at the beginning of the festival.

Precollege applicants:
Respighi: Pines of Rome, Mvt I, 8 mm before Reh [3]—8mm after Reh [3], AND Reh [4]—[5]

College applicants:
Brahms Symphony 4, Mvt IV:  Rehearsal B to D

5-7 minutes of a solo of the applicant’s choosing and:

Pre-College Applicants:
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Mvt II: beginning to downbeat in 1 mm before Reh [A]

College Applicants:
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben: beginning to 5mm after #2

Solo of the applicant’s choosing and select TWO of the excerpts below:

  • Beethoven Symphony 5, mvt 3, mm. 1-100 AND mm. 141-218
    Beethoven 5
  • Mozart Symphony 40, mvt 1, pickup to m 115 – m. 138
    Mozart 40
  • Wagner Prelude to Die Meistersinger rehearsal J to rehearsal M
    Wagner Prelude to Die Meistersinger
  • Brahms Symphony no. 1, mvt 1, mm 161-189
  • Mahler symphony no. 1, mvt 3, solo

5-7 minutes of a solo of the applicant’s choosing AND:

Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf 2-4

Ravel Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2: 3 mm. after #176 to 2 mm, after #179
Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf 2-4

Solo of the applicant’s choosing and two of the following escerpts (one from the first group and one from the second group):

Choose 1 of the Following:

  • Brahms Vln Cto, II. Adagio, from beginning to measure 32
  • Don Juan  from Rehearsal L to 2 bars after Rehearsal N
Choose 1 of the following:
  • Mendelssohn Symphony No  3, II. Vivace non troppo, from Rehearsal A to 13 after Rehearsal C
  • La Scala di Seta, from pick up to Rehearsal number 2 until 2 measures after Rehearsal number 3

Solo of the applicants’s choosing and the designated excerpts below:


  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol, Mvt. I, mm 14-67
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol, Mvt. III, mm 11 after rehearsal [k] to the end


  • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Reh 30—Reh 32
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Mvt 2, Reh D to 2 mm before E

Optional for E-Flat Clarinet:
Ravel: Bolero, 3 mm after Reh 3—Reh 4

Optional for Bass Clarinet:
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s lustige Streiche Reh [29]—Reh [32]

One movement of a solo work of applicant’s choice and the following:

Pre-College Applicants:
Schuman: New England Triptych, Mvt 2
Schuman Bassoon Excerpt PDF
College Applicants:
  • Ravel: Bolero 3m after Reh 2 to Reh 3
  • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Mvt IV, measures 47-62 (first bassoon)

5-7 minutes of a solo of the applicant’s choice AND


  • Mussorgsky: Opening to Pictures at an Exhibition
  • Respighi: Pines of Rome, mvt 2 offstage solo in C


  • Mussorgsky: Opening to Pictures at an Exhibition
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Mvt I, [18]-[20]

Solo Requirement:
One movement from the standard horn solo repertoire.

Pre-College Applicants
Chose 1 excerpt from below:

  • 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

College applicants
Chose 2 excerpts from below:

  • Shostakovich: Symphony No 5, Mvt 1, Horn 1 — 3 after 17 through the first bar of 21
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5, Mvt 2, Horn 1 — 8 before A through 13 after A
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Mvt 3, Horn 1 — 50 after A through 79 after A

5-7 minutes of a solo of the applicant’s choice and select 2 of the following (all excerpts are Trombone 2):

  • W.A. Mozart – Requiem, K. 626, Tuba Mirum, measure 1 to measure 18
  • Gustav Mahler – Symphony No.5. Movement I: 8 measures after [11] to 4 measures before [12] AND Movement II: 8 measures after [24] to [25]
  • Rimsky Korsakov – Russian Easter Overture, Rehearsal [M] through 14th bar of [M]
  • Rimsky Korsakov – Scheherazade, Movement II: 5 measures after [D] through [E]
  • Hector Berlioz – The Damnation of Faust, Hungarian March, 1 bar before [4] through 2 bars after [5]
  • Richard Strauss – Ein Heldenleben, 3rd bar of [60] through 6 bars after [65]

5-7 minutes of a solo of the applicant’s choice and select 2 of the following:

  • Hector Berlioz, The Damnation of Faust, Hungarian March, 6 bars before rehearsal [4] through two bars after rehearsal [6]
  • Joseph Haydn – The Creation, No. 26, beginning through 19th bar of rehearsal [B]
  • Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 7, Movement I, 3 bars before rehearsal [43] through [44]
  • Ottorino Respighi – Pines of Rome, Catacombs, 7 bars before rehearsal [11] through 3 bars after rehearsal [12]
  • Richard Strauss – Ein Heldenleben, rehearsal [55] through 1st measure of rehearsal [66]

5-7 minutes of a solo of the applicant’s choosing AND

  • Berlioz – Hungarian March – Reh. J-L
    Hungarian March
  • Prokofiev – Symphony #5, 1st mvt., Reh 3—6
  • Wagner – Meistersinger Overture J – L
    Wagner & Prokofiev
All applicants 
  • Four mallet marimba solo of the applicants choosing
  • Snare drum solo of the applicants choosing
Pre-college applicants: 
  • Snare drum: Scherazade 4th movement p-r
  • Xylophone: one excerpt of the applicants choosing
  • Timpani(suggested, but not required): Tchaikovsky 4th symphony first movement 2 before T to letter U
College applicants (students who have completed one year of undergraduate):
  • Snare Drum: Lt. Keji suite, opening solo
  • Xylophone: Gershwin – Porgy and Bess, opening solo
  • Glock: Dukas sorcerers apprentice 17-3 after 19
  • Timpani: Beethoven 9, coda of the first movement
Optional but Recommended:
  • One excerpt of the applicant’s choosing on either tambourine, triangle or cymbals

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.

Two contrasting arias

Photo by David Andrews