How to Apply

The Sewanee Summer Music Festival is one of the nation's premier orchestra and chamber music summer training programs for talented young musicians from age 12 through graduate school. Join dedicated artist-faculty, guest conductors and 200 students from all over the world for an unforgettable musical experience.

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Some studios fill quickly. Apply early!

Application information

Applications to the Sewanee Summer Music Festival are submitted online using Embark.

Be prepared to submit the following in your application:

  • Recorded audition (rules and guidance for recording your audition).
  • List of works on your recording.
  • Two letters of reference.
  • Resume and/or musical and education profile.
  • Financial aid information if applying for scholarships.
  • Application fee of $65 ($25 before February 15, 2018).

What to expect after you apply

  • Acceptances are made on a rolling basis. You will receive notice of decision within three weeks. Note: during peak periods, notification may take longer.
  • If you are accepted, you will have ten (10) days to make a tuition deposit to hold your place. You will receive an invoice for the deposit.
  • The tuition deposit is $500.

Applicants are expected to attend for the entire session with exceptions made in extraordinary circumstances.

Applicants for shorter stays will be accepted only if the studio does not fill with full-stay students.

Application deadline

Alumni Early Application. November 1, 2017

  • Automatic acceptance.
  • Application fee waiver (regularly $65).
  • $250 alumni scholarship (consideration for additional scholarship available)
  • 2017 tuition rates (rates will increase after December 15).
  • Open to 2015-2017 alumni.

Early Decision. December 15, 2017

  • $40 discount on application fee. (regularly $65)
  • Accepted students attend at the 2017 Festival rate.

Scholarship Application Deadline. February 15, 2018

  • $40 discount on application fee. (regularly $65)
  • Priority scholarship consideration.
  • Leadership Scholarships available for violin, viola, cello, double bass, and horn.

Final Application Deadline. March 15, 2018

  • Scholarship based on availability of funding.