Piano Program

The piano program at SSMF believes in a holistic, comprehensive approach to the training of a 21st-century pianist.  Extensive experiences in solo, collaborative, and concerto literature will offer selected students the opportunity to develop a range of skills to prepare for a life in music.

Faculty Artist
Program Coordinator

Steve Beck

Faculty Artist
Program Coordinator

Amy I-lin Cheng
Program highlights include:
  • Weekly individual lessons with faculty artists
  • Regular chamber music coachings
  • Weekly chamber music performance opportunities
  • Studio recitals
  • Studio class
  • Repertoire class
  • Orchestral performance in the Sewanee Symphony, Cumberland Orchestra and Festival Orchestra
  • Contemporary music performance practice

Enrollment to the piano studio will be limited to ensure ample one-on-one instruction.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $3,175
Tuition covers all lessons, coachings, masterclasses, and seminars.

Room & Board: $1,950
This covers all meals, a double occupancy room, and access to campus facilities including the Fowler Athletic Center and duPont Library.

Single Room Fee: $350
Single rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Festival alumni who apply by March 18th will receive a $750 credit to their tuition.

Application Fees & Deadlines

The application for Summer 2022 will open on October 15, 2021.

Feb 18th, 2022 ( $35.00 app fee Oct. 15 — Feb. 18)

  • Priority application deadline
  • Scholarship available for all studios

March 25th, 2022 ($75.00 app 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.
Audition Requirements
  • Two contrasting works that represent both lyrical and technical ability

Secondary study in piano

Festival participants may elect to take supplemental lessons on piano during the festival. Lessons will be overseen by faculty and taught by fellowship piano students. Supplemental lessons are offered in 30-minute slots, once a week. No additional audition is required.

Tuition for Secondary Piano Study

$250 covers 4 weekly 30-minute lessons in supplemental piano study.