Scholarships & Competitions
Our goal is ensure that financial barriers do not prevent a talented musician from attending Sewanee Summer Music Festival. We encourage students needing assistance to seek out other sources of tuition support in addition to the scholarship awards from the SSMF.
SSMF Tuition Scholarships
Deadline: March 16 (scholarship application must be submitted along with admission application)
Award amount: Award amount ranges based on merit and financial need
SSMF tuition scholarships, funded by our generous endowment benefactors and Festival supporters, are awarded on the basis of talent and need. Students must submit a financial aid information with admissions and audition materials to establish merit. Awards offers are made along with admission decisions. The number of awards is limited. All scholarship award winners are expected to contribute work hours during their stay at SSMF. The number of scholarship work hours are based on amount awarded and duties are assigned according to the student’s interest and skills.
Advanced Chamber Ensemble Fellowship (for formed ensembles)
Deadline: March 16, 2015 (each member of the ensemble must apply for individual admission)
Award amount: $2,000 per participant (award winners may be considered for additional need-based support)
Advanced Chamber Ensemble (ACE) awards support pre-existing ensembles seeking an intensive summer experience. Generally, a maximum of one scholarship per ensemble type (string quartet, piano quintet, etc.) is offered. Non-traditional ensembles may also apply. ACE applicants must submit an application for the Chamber Ensemble Program in addition to the individual SSMF Application. ACE winners are expected to contribute a limited number of work hours during their stay at SSMF.
Read more: Advanced Chamber Ensemble Fellowship Program
The Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition
Deadline: May 31, 2015
Award amount: Opportunity for full or partial scholarship to 2016 SSMF
All SSMF students of orchestral instruments or piano are invited to enter the Concerto Competition, held in the first week of the Festival. Competition winners are featured with the Festival Orchestra during the final week and are eligible for the Jacqueline Avent Music Scholarship awards for the following summer.
Read more: Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition
To assist students in discovering external scholarships and financial aid, we have compiled a short list of potential funding resources. Local and regional libraries are often another rich source of resources.
- National Federation of Music Clubs: nfmc-music.org
- National Association for Music Education: musiced.nafme.org
- ASCAP Foundation – John Denver Music Scholarship Award: ascapfoundation.org
- MajoringInMusic.com (General Music Scholarships): majoringinmusic.com
- Fastweb.com (Scholarship Search Engine): fastweb.com
- PublicLibraries.com (Resource for locating a public library near you): publiclibraries.com
- Tennessee ASTA – Competition Resource Page: tnasta.com
If you or your organizations are interested in developing a scholarship program with SSMF, or if you would like to provide matching funds, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to make a direct contribution to Sewanee Summer Music Festival, you may do so here.