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: February 1, 2016 (part of the admissions application). Applications submitted after this date may be considered if funding is available.
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.
Leadership Scholarships for Advanced Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass Students
Deadline: February 1, 2016 (part of the admissions application)
Eleven full scholarships will be awarded in 2016. Additional significant partial scholarships are available.
This scholarship program targets experienced, high level string students to hold leadership positions in orchestra, chamber music and other activities during the 2016 Festival.
Although there is no minimum age requirement to be considered, applicants should display maturity, a high degree of playing ability and experience leading others in musical settings. In addition to occupying lead positions in the Sewanee Symphony, these scholarship students will perform high level chamber music and assist in coaching younger string students.
Advanced Chamber Ensemble Program
Deadline: March 15, 2016 (part of the admissions application)
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. In addition to performing responsibilities, ACE winners will support and assist faculty and chamber music coordinators.
The Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition
Deadline: May 31, 2016
Award amount: Opportunity for full or partial scholarship to 2017 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
External Scholarships & Competitions
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 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 email@example.com. If you would like to make a direct contribution to Sewanee Summer Music Festival, you may do so here.