The Cumberland Orchestra is a pre-professional symphony orchestra for advanced pre college and college students. Lead by gifted educators and supported by our dedicated faculty, the Cumberland Orchestra offers our pre-college and college participants the opportunity to study, learn and grow as orchestral performers, exploring signifigant literature from the symphonic cannon as well as contemporary works. The Cumberland Orchestra performs weekly, Sunday afternoons at 2:30PM.
The Sewanee Symphony, is a pre-professional ensemble of college and pre college students that will study core literature, explore contemporary works, and collaborate with faculty soloists. Festival faculty guide weekly sectionals and attend rehearsals to reinforce fundamentals of orchestral performance. The Sewanee Symphony performs weekly, Sunday afternoons at 3:30PM.
FAQ for orchestral studies
Q: What is the average age for festival participants?
A: Each area/studio is slightly different, however the average age for festival participants in the summer of 2019 was 18.5. Generally, we feel that the festival is best suited for students age 14-25.
Q: How do I know which orchestra I will be placed in?
A: You will be placed in an ensemble for week 1 based on your audition application. This is to ensure that practice parts can be distributed. Once you arrive in Sewanee, there will be a seating placement audition for the remaining weeks. Every effort will be made to rotate students, based on ability, both in assignments ( principal, assistant etc…) and orchestra.
Q: Will I get practice parts?
A: Yes, a google drive folder with practice part ( or links to parts) and ensemble assignments in the spring.
Q: I am in high school, will I automatically be in the Cumberland Orchestra?
A: Ensemble placements are based on ability and experience. We have had college students playing in cumberland and high school students playing in symphony. Orchestral placement is based on how you play, not how old you are.
Q: I attended SSMF in the past, should I assume I will have the same assignments and orchestral placement.
A: No – placement is based on your current ability level and the results of an audition.
Q: I attend a really prestigious and famous school, so I’ll always be principal in the Sewanee Symphony, right?
A: No – placement is based on your current ability level and the results of an audition. [/vc_column_text]