Scholarships & Competitions
Sewanee Summer Music Festival offers a variety of scholarships for our students, as well as competitions that are held throughout the year.
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.
Scholarships for Sewanee Summer Music Festival
SSMF Tuition Scholarships
Deadline: March 15 (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 2015 Scholarship Application along with audition materials to establish merit. This must be submitted when you apply to attend Sewanee Summer Music Festival. 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 based off of the student’s interest and skills.
Advanced Chamber Ensemble Competition
Deadline: March 15 (an application for your Chamber Ensemble, plus materials)
Award amount: $2000 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 their individual SSMF Application. ACE winners are expected to contribute a limited number of work hours during their stay at SSMF.
The Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition
Deadline: May 31, 2015
Award amount: Opportunity for Full Scholarship to SSMF 2016
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 email@example.com. If you would like to make a direct contribution to Sewanee Summer Music Festival, you may do so here.