Masterclass Series

SSMF Masterclass Series

The Sewanee Summer Music Festival is pleased to offer a series of masterclasses with our acclaimed festival artist-faculty. Come prepared to perform, ask questions, and develop your skills under the guidance of these expert musicians. Not ready to play in the class? You can select to just observe. However, we strongly encourage everyone to participate, ask questions, and engage with our faculty and fellow students. Learn, grow, and be ready for your future. Now is the time.

These masterclasses are FREE, but we do encourage a $20 donation if you are able. If you would like to support these masterclasses, please use the button below to give to the festival.


February 28, 3:00 pm EST

Natasha Farny, cello

Cello Masterclass with Natasha Farny

March 9, 8:00 pm EST

Laura Brooks Rice, opera

Vocal Technique Masterclass

March 16, 7:00 pm EST

Peter Bond, trumpet

Jason Allison, horn



Brass Class with Peter and Jason

March 19, 7:00 pm EST

Jorge Variego, composition

Developing Systems to Compose

Jorge looks at the camera holding his bass clarinet

March 24, 3:00 pm EST

Gabriel Beavers, bassoon

The Resonant Bassoon: Strategies for Improving One’s Sound and Expression in the Tenor Register

March 30, 7:00 pm EST

Gene Moon, conducting

A Masterclass in Conducting

Dr. Gene Moon is conducting with a baton in a tuxedo with a white bowtie.

April 1, 7:00 pm EST

Kathleen Kelly smiles at the camera over her left shoulder.

Kathleen Kelly, opera

Language of Music: How to Use the Inherent Qualities of Music Within Singing

April 8, 7:00 pm EST

Sheldon Person, viola

Viola Masterclass for High School and College Violists

Sheldon Person smiles and holds his viola in front of him.

April 9, 7:00 pm EST

Eva Cappelletti Chao, life coach

Don’t Wait—Create!
How to Create in Uncertain Times

April 10, 2:00 pm EST

Bob Stephenson, oboe

Oboe Etudes in Concert

April 22, 7:00 pm EST

Eric Bubacz smiles at the camera and holds his tuba.



Josh Bynum, trombone

Eric Bubacz, tuba



Thoughts From the Back Row

April 23, 8:00 pm EST

Jessica Dan Fan, violin

Violin Masterclass with Jessica Dan Fan

April 30, 7:00 pm EST

Steve Beck, piano

Masterclass: Standards in Piano Repertoire