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.


$4,875.00 covers all tuition, housing, and meals during the program.

Festival alumni who apply by March 15th will receive a $500 credit to their tuition.

Application Fees and Deadlines

Feb 15th, 2021 ( $35.00 app fee)

  • Priority application deadline
  • Scholarship available for all studios
  • Deadline for SSMF Summer 2020 students to let us know if they would like their deposit and scholarship honored from 2020

March 15th, 2021 ($35.00 app fee)

  • Final application deadline
  • Scholarship available for some studios

After March 15th, 2021 ($75.00 app fee)

  • Applications after March 15th 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.  Supplemental lessons are offered in 30-minute slots, once a week. While no additional audition is required, we do expect that students who register for secondary piano lessons will possess basic skills and have at least one year of prior private instruction.

Tuition for Secondary Piano Study

Tuition information will be posted soon.