Tuition & Financial Aid

2021 Festival Costs

Festival costs listed here apply to our  four-week instrumental program.
OperaFest Sewanee, Conducting Institute, Composition Program. Supplemental programming costs are listed on the program pages.

Tuition: $3,000—This includes ensembles, lessons, music, coaching, chamber music, master classes, etc.

Housing: $1,875—This includes the use of all residence spaces and three meals per day in the McClurg Dining Hall.

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

Should the Festival need to pivot to virtual learning due to worsening COVID-19 conditions, students will have two options regarding festival costs:

  1. A full refund of all paid tuition and fees, except for the application fee
  2. A full refund of housing costs and a partial tuition refund with the opportunity to participate in a virtual Festival
    Further details about a virtual program, including tuition and fees, will be made available to all participants prior to any potential pivot.
    At this point, we anticipate an in-person program.

Application Deadlines

Positions remain open for all string studios ( pre-college and college), harp (pre-college and college), conducting and Sewanee OperaFest

Winds/Brass and Percussion opening are available for pre-college applications only. College studios in Winds/Brass and Percussion are closed at this time

Payment Plans

Payment plans are available for tuition and fees associated with the Sewanee Summer Music Festival through our Acceptd.
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Financial Aid

Over 60% of our festival participants receive some kind of financial aid to attend Sewanee.

Generous endowment support allows us to offer assistance to students based on merit and financial need. All students wishing to be considered for assistance must submit a completed financial aid application (part of the Admission Application). Financial aid and scholarship awards are limited. Students wishing consideration for aid are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Students are also encouraged to explore funding sources in their own communities and through various organizations, corporations, foundations, and businesses.

Scholarship & Work Study 2021

The financial aid application is included in the Festival Application. Award amounts range based upon merit and financial need. SSMF awards two types of aid on the bases of merit and need, funded by our generous endowment benefactors and Festival supporters.

If you do not request need-based financial aid in your application, you will only be considered for merit-based aid.
Merit-Based Scholarships

All students will be considered for merit based scholarship support based on the quality of your application and the needs of the festival. Merit based awards are made early, so if you are interested in a merit award, we suggest you complete your application ASAP.  Merit awards are not based on student or family financial need.

Work Study

To be considered for need based work study, you must complete the financial aid portion of the online application. Work study students will be expected to complete a set number of hours each week in a variety of tasks based on their experience and skills.  These positions could include work in the office, front of house, library or production/stage crew.

Students can receive both merit-based scholarship and work study aid to attend Sewanee.

Scholarship FAQ’s

Can I appeal my scholarship offer?

Yes, and from time to time the festival can increase your award.  However, in order to retain your position at the festival, you must deposit 14 days after being notified of your acceptance to the festival.

If I recieve a scholarship from the festival AND an external award, how do I have that money applied to my tuition balance?

Make sure that the scholarship is sent to the festival office, with a note that is should be applied to your tuition balance.

If I end up getting more scholarship that I needed to complete my tuition balance, can I get a refund?

No, if you receive a scholarship for more than your tuition balance, the difference will be deducted from scholarship you are receiving from the festival.  In other words, students to the festival cannot have a positive tuition balance.

Payment plans are available.