String Academy

2022 String Academy

Session I                                         Session II
July 3—10, 2022                              July 10—17, 2022

Students can choose to participate for one week or register for both weeks of the String Academy.

About the Program

The Sewanee Summer String Academy is an extraordinary opportunity for rising 6th-8th* grade violinists, violists, cellists and basses that runs concurrently with the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. Under the direction of Veronica Jackson, assisted by a dedicated faculty and dynamic group of resident advisers, the Sewanee String Academy is designed with an emphasis on fundamental performance techniques. Centered around small group learning, students will engage in chamber music, master classes, small group lessons and string ensemble performance practice.

Beyond studies in performance, String Academy participants will have theory and aural skills classes, eurythmics training, and panel discussions with college students and professors on audition techniques, careers and opportunities in music. Creativity and experiential learning will be cornerstones of the String Academy experience.

Academy participants will also have ample opportunity to engage with SSMF activities on our main campus, including free tickets to all faculty and student performances of the festival, as well as master classes and seminars that happen during the academy.

*Please contact the Festival office for questions related to age requirements for the Academy program.

If you have other questions regarding the String Academy, check the Student Handbook. You may find answers there!

Sample Schedule

7:30 am-8:30 am Breakfast
9:15 am-10:15 am Warm-Up Class
10:30 am-11:30 am String Ensemble Rehearsal
12:00 pm-1:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm-2:30 pm Chamber Music
3:30 pm-4:30 pm Special Topics in Music (Theory, Composition, Aural Skills)
4:30 pm-5:30 pm Free Time to practice or enjoy a group activity
5:30 pm-7:30 pm Dinner and Free Time
7:30 pm-on Evening activity, recital or concert

Tuition and Housing

One-week Program (either session): $845
Two-week Program (both sessions): $1,665

Tuition includes housing, meals, and all program experiences for the Academy experience.

Limited Scholarships available for qualified students. Apply early for maximum scholarship consideration.

Commuter Option

We offer a commuter option for local participants who will be dropped off and picked up by their guardians each day.

Commuter One-week Program (either session): $425
Commuter Two-week Program (both sessions): $850

Commuter tuition does not include housing or meals. Commuter participants will be able to purchase lunch at McClurg Dining Hall if they will be taking lunch with the other participants.

Limited Scholarships available for qualified students. Apply early for maximum scholarship consideration.


All applicants must submit a recommendation letter from a private teacher, ensembles director, or other person familiar with their playing, as well as a document outlining participation in:

  • District, regional, or all-state ensembles.
  • Solo and or/ensemble festival, including the piece(s) you performed, and the rating you received.
  • Ensembles you regularly perform with (youth orchestras and wind ensembles, school ensembles, etc.).
  • Non-musical honors or awards — honor society, Boy/Girl Scout awards, etc.
  • Anything else you would like us to know about your musical or academic accomplishments.

Include a short video of your most recent performance of a district, regional, or all state audition etude, solo and ensemble etude, or any other work that represents your current playing. 

There will be a $30 application fee.

2022 Program Director

Veronica Jackson

String Academy FAQ

If you have questions, please see if the Student Handbook answers them.

What ages are appropriate for this program/who should apply?

Students should be rising 6th grade—rising 8th grade, with at least two years of experience in group lessons, school ensemble, or private instruction.

Does the tuition cost include housing and meals?

Yes, the tuition includes room and board for the duration of your stay.

Does the tuition cost include access to all performances?

Yes, all performances are open to Academy participants.

When will I find out if I have been admitted?

Typically within 1—2 weeks of submitting your application. Admission to Academy Programs is rolling and will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis on qualification. Submit your application soon to ensure your spot in the Academy Program of your choice!

Can I come late or leave early?

We prefer for Academy participants to attend the full session. If you have to come late or leave early, tuition will not be pro-rated.

Is there a waiting list for Academy Programs?

Yes, students who apply once the program is full will be placed on the waiting list and admitted on a case-by-case basis as openings become available.

Can I request a special diet in the dining hall?

McClurg Dining Hall has a range of diet options, from carnivore or pescetarian to vegan or vegetarian. When you complete your admitted student form, you will have the opportunity to share any dietary restrictions with us.