Chamber Music

Chamber Music at Sewanee

A cornerstone of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival is a deep and immersive experience in the study and performance of chamber music. Each student at the festival, regardless of prior experience, will have the opportunity to perform in a chamber ensemble. 

Students are placed in a chamber ensemble based on their entrance and festival placement audition. Generally, groups will rotate after two weeks, allowing for festival participants to work in different groups, and also allow for in depth study. Students rehearse daily and are coached by festival artist-faculty. Our chamber music program allows for collaborations within our instrumental program, as well as unique opportunities for performances with our vocal and instrumental participants

Performance Opportunities 

Saturday 1:30 chamber music on the mountain! 

Students chamber concerts take place each Saturday of the festival in three locations on the campus of the University of the south – The Guerry Auditorium Art Gallery, Guerry Stage, and St. Lukes Chapel. These concerts are free and open to the public 

MSSA, Cowan, Angel Park

The festival regularly brings instrumental and vocal chamber ensembles to perform in other locations on the mountain and in the surrounding community, including the Cowan Arts Center, The Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, and Sewanee Angel Park. 

Friday evening showcase performances

In addition to our regular Saturday chamber music performances, our most advanced participants will have the opportunity to perform on Friday evening concerts, prior to the Cumberland Orchestra. These ticketed events are meant to showcase a variety of advanced performers in a chamber music setting, coached, and sometimes lead by festival artist faculty. 

Performing in a chamber music ensemble develops leadership skills, fosters collaboration, improves intonation, blend, and balance, and promotes high-level musical thinking. Often times, students busy in school program are unable to devote the time necessary for truly in-depth study of chamber music.  It is in the intense laboratory of the chamber ensemble that students become mature musicians, integrating their individual part and their own musical personality into a unified whole. From duos to string ensembles, wind quintets, string quartets, brass ensembles and percussion groups, the unique skills developed through chamber music carry through to every other aspect of a students performance.

2022 chamber music program highlights will be posted soon. 

Photo by David Andrews