Audition Requirements

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.

Application Deadlines

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
$35 application fee
scholarship available for some studios


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.

  • Mendelssohn: Midsummer’s Night Dream – Scherzo – 1st violin:
    8 measures before “A” to 7 measures after D

  • Precollege applicants:
    Glinka: Ruslan & Ludmilla – opening to letter “C”

    College applicants:
    Brahms Haydn Variations #5

  • Beethoven’s 5th symphony
    Movement II: Pickups to mm. 1-10
    Movement II: mm. 49-59
    Movement II: mm. 98-106

  • 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 no.5, mvt 3: Scherzo (mm. 1-78) AND Trio (pickup to m. 141 to 178) with no repeat
    2. Wagner Die Miestersinger Prelude: rehearsal J to rehearsal N
    3. Mozart’s Symphony no. 40 mvt. 1, pickup to m. 115 to m. 138

  • Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Scherzo: 2 bars before letter P until the end
    Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe: 176 until 2 bars after 179

  • Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphoses 1st mvmt.
    Shostakovich 1st symphony, 3rd movement

  • Select TWO of the excerpts below:

    Beethoven, Symphony 8, movement 3, Trio only
    Brahms, Symphony 3, movement 2, measures 1-22
    Kodaly, Galanta Dances, measures 31-65
    Mendelssohn, Scherzo, measures 1-48 from a Midsummer Nights Dream
    Rachmaninov, Symphony no. 2, beginning through tied C at 47

  • Mozart Marriage of Figaro overture
    1st bassoon – mm. 139 to 171

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

  • All applicants ( pre-college and college):
    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):
    4 — Shostakovich: Symphony No 5, Mvt 1, Horn 1 — 3 after 17 through the first bar of 21

  • Mussorgsky/Ravel, Pictures at an Exhibition
    Beginning to rehearsal 2

    Mahler 5th symphony
    Beginning to 5 after reh. 1
    1 before reh. 13 to reh. 14

  • Tenor Trombone
    Select ONE of the two solo’s listed below:
    Grondahl – Concerto, mvt. 1
    David – Concertino, mvt. 1


    Select TWO of the excerpts listed below:
    Tomasi – Fanfares Liturgiques, mvt. 2 (Evangile – solo)
    Strauss – Ein Heldenleben (Battle Scene – trombone 2)
    Mozart – Tuba Mirum
    Hindemith – Symphonic Metamorphosis (March)

    Bass Trombone
    Select ONE of the solos listed below:
    Lebedev – Concerto in One Movement
    Bozza – New Orleans


    Select TWO of the excerpts listed below:
    Haydn – The Creation (Achieved is the Glorious Works)
    Respighi – Fountains of Rome
    Wagner – Das Rheingold (Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla)
    Berlioz – Hungarian March

  • Berlioz – Hungarian March – Reh. 4 to 4 measures after Reh. 5
    Prokofiev – Symphony #5, 1st mvt., Reh 3 to the end of the passage
    Wagner – Meistersinger Overture J – L

  • 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 be enough.

    Snare drum – Rimsky Korsakov Scheherazade 4th movement letter P-R

    Xylophone – Gershwin Porgy and Bess, opening as it appears in the Goldenberg Book

    Timpani – Beethoven 9th Symphony Coda of the first movement

    Tambourine – Dvorak Carnival Overture, beginning to letter C

  • Two contrasting works that represent both lyrical and technical ability

  • Two contrasting orchestral excerpts
    An unaccompanied solo work and an orchestra excerpt

  • 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, two letters of recommendation are required.

  • 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