…is a four-week orchestra, chamber music and piano training program for talented young musicians ages twelve through graduate school, held each summer at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.


Congratulations to Thomas Kelley of Appleton, Wisconsin, and Bethany Grace Bobbs, of Houston, TX, winners of the 2015 Jacqueline Avent Summer Music Festival Scholarhip Competition. Twelve – year old Bobbs played two movements from Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor and Kelley performed Henri Tomasi’s Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra. Bobbs and Kelley will each receive a full scholarship to the 2016 Sewanee Summer Music Festival.  The three other finalists who performed in the competition, percussionist Matthew Flanders, violinist Beibei Sheng and pianist Juan Sebastian Avendaño, were awarded scholarships of one half tuition.

Tom Kelley winner WEB2


Sewanee Summer Music Festival Finale Concerts Sunday, July 19 2:30 p.m.

Allen Tinkham Headshot 10.08

The Cumberland Orchestra will present their final program of the season on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. under the baton of Allen Tinkham.  John von Rhein, writing for the Chicago Tribune, refers to Tinkham as one of Chicago’s most important “educators, mentors and inspirational guides in the training of tomorrow’s orchestral professionals”.  Tinkham is music director of the Chicago Symphony Youth Orchestra.  The performance will feature Baba Yaga and Great Gate of Kiev from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition; The High Castle from My Fatherland by Smetana and St. John’s on Church Hill by D.J. Sparr.

Mei-Ann Chen

At 3:30 pm Sunday, Mei-Ann Chen will conduct the Sewanee Symphony.  Chen is the Music Director of the Memphis Symphony and the Chicago Sinfonietta.   The program will feature Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral.  Higdon was the winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music.  The concert will also include Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Scheherazade by Rimsky – Korsakov.



 

Thanks to our corporate and community sponsors, and advertisers!

Find your voice at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.

An Overview of SSMF

Each year, high atop Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau, the internationally acclaimed Sewanee Summer Music Festival, at The University of the South, draws over two hundred advanced student performers from around the world. A unique curriculum, frequent performance opportunities and close mentoring with renowned artists position our students as leaders in a changing musical landscape.

Sewanee Summer Music Festival

 


…is a four-week orchestra, chamber music and piano training program for talented young musicians ages twelve through graduate school, held each summer at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.


Congratulations to Thomas Kelley of Appleton, Wisconsin, and Bethany Grace Bobbs, of Houston, TX, winners of the 2015 Jacqueline Avent Summer Music Festival Scholarhip Competition. Twelve – year old Bobbs played two movements from Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor and Kelley performed Henri Tomasi’s Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra. Bobbs and Kelley will each receive a full scholarship to the 2016 Sewanee Summer Music Festival.  The three other finalists who performed in the competition, percussionist Matthew Flanders, violinist Beibei Sheng and pianist Juan Sebastian Avendaño, were awarded scholarships of one half tuition.

Tom Kelley winner WEB2


Sewanee Summer Music Festival Finale Concerts Sunday, July 19 2:30 p.m.

Allen Tinkham Headshot 10.08

The Cumberland Orchestra will present their final program of the season on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. under the baton of Allen Tinkham.  John von Rhein, writing for the Chicago Tribune, refers to Tinkham as one of Chicago’s most important “educators, mentors and inspirational guides in the training of tomorrow’s orchestral professionals”.  Tinkham is music director of the Chicago Symphony Youth Orchestra.  The performance will feature Baba Yaga and Great Gate of Kiev from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition; The High Castle from My Fatherland by Smetana and St. John’s on Church Hill by D.J. Sparr.

Mei-Ann Chen

At 3:30 pm Sunday, Mei-Ann Chen will conduct the Sewanee Symphony.  Chen is the Music Director of the Memphis Symphony and the Chicago Sinfonietta.   The program will feature Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral.  Higdon was the winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music.  The concert will also include Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Scheherazade by Rimsky – Korsakov.



 

Thanks to our corporate and community sponsors, and advertisers!

Find your voice at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.

An Overview of SSMF

Each year, high atop Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau, the internationally acclaimed Sewanee Summer Music Festival at Sewanee: The University of the South draws over two hundred advanced student performers from around the world. A unique curriculum, frequent performance opportunities and close mentoring with renowned artists position our students as leaders in a changing musical landscape.