Faculty
Our faculty come from leading orchestras, chamber ensembles, conservatories and university programs. They come to Sewanee each summer to perform, teach and inspire the next generation.

Strings

Eva Cappelletti Chao
Violin
Lin He
Violin
Philippe Chao
Viola
Jason Calloway
Cello
Sam Suggs
Bass
Mari-Liis Calloway
Violin
Gregory Lee
Violin
Hillary Herndon
Viola
Natasha Farny
Cello
Meghan Berindean
String Chamber Music
Coordinator
Jessica Dan Fan
Violin
Brittany MacWilliams
Violin
Sheldon Person smiles and holds his viola in front of him.
Sheldon Person
Viola
Tim Pearson
Bass
Jonathan Magness
Violin
Sabbatical Summer 2020

Woodwinds

Gabriel Beavers
Bassoon
Chad Burrow
Clarinet
Carl Rath
Bassoon
Donna Shin
Flute
Robert Stephenson
Oboe
Rebecca Van de Ven
Wind Chamber Music
Coordinator

Brass

Peter Bond
Trumpet
Jason Allison
Horn
Eric Bubacz
Tuba
Joshua Bynum
Trombone

Percussion

Phillip O’Banion

Piano

Steve Beck
Amy I-lin Cheng

Harp

Paula Bressman
Rachel Miller

Composition

Jorge looks at the camera holding his bass clarinet
Jorge Variego

Opera

Laura Brooks Rice smiles looking up at the camera
Laura Brooks Rice
Program Director
Master Teacher
Blair Salter smiles at the camera.
Blair Salter
Coach/Conductor
Amanda Consol gives a soft smile to the camera.
Amanda Consol
Dramatic Coach/Director
Joan Dornman wears a cobalt blue blouse and leans to her right as she smiles at the camera.
Joan Dornemann
Coach/Conductor
Howard Watkins sits behind a piano and smiles at the camera.
Howard Watkins
Coach/Conductor
Kathleen Kelly smiles at the camera over her left shoulder.
Kathleen Kelly
Dramatic Coach/Director
Gina Lapinski leans to her left as she smiles at the camera.
Gina Lapinski
Coach/Conductor
Patrick Hansen smiles at the camera.
Patrick Hansen
Conductor/Director
Hemdi Kfir looks at the camera and smiles, wearing a bright red blouse.
Hemdi Kfir
Language Coach


In Loving Memory

Hunter Thomas (1956-2018)

Hunter Thomas was a tremendous contributor to the life and breath of the festival. He spent over a decade on our faculty and added to the life of virtually every corner of activity within the festival.

He leaves a lasting impact on students from across the world. His loss is also deeply felt by his featival colleagues and entire Sewanee community. A scholarship has been established in his name to support the bassoon studio students during SSMF 2019.

Hunter Thomas, Principal Bassoon, Personnel Manager, and Librarian, performed with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra for more than forty years after winning an audition in 1971, while still a student in high school.