Sewanee Summer Music Festival

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66 Mississippi Avenue Sewanee Tennessee 37375 US

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. Harpists have weekly lessons and chamber music assignments.

Dates of Program
June 17-July 16, 2017
4 or more weeks
Application Deadline
March 15, 2017
11-13, 14-18, College
Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Type of Harp
Pedal harp
Students must provide instrument—rentals are not available
Residency Options
All participants reside overnight
Dorms at the University of the South
$4475 tuition, room, board
Financial Aid
Yes, partial scholarships are available
What makes this camp experience unique is:
Chamber music and orchestral experience as well as weekly private lessons.
This camp is perfect for:
Students wanting an immersion in all aspects of harp performance.
Students come back year after year for our camp's:
Beautiful setting and comprehensive musical experience.
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Testimonial from a 2016 student:

In my amazing four weeks at Sewanee Summer Music Festival, I had so many inspiring experiences and met so many wonderful people. Sewanee was a great environment to have my first experience playing in a full-sized orchestra, and provided the perfect mix challenge and fun!  As a harpist, the repertoire we played at Sewanee gave me the opportunity to learn and perform some of the most exciting parts written for harp in orchestra. While playing alongside so many talented musicians was intimidating at first, I truly came to love being a part of the orchestra by the end of the camp. Another aspect of Sewanee that I loved was learning from the incredible faculty and staff, whether it was listening to the weekly faculty concerts or participating in seminars about a broad spectrum of music-related topics. Lastly, there is truly something special about the comradely and sense of community between all of the musicians at Sewanee. Being in an environment where everyone is equally passionate about music was so inspiring, and everyone I met was so friendly and supportive. I came away from the festival feeling much more confident with my ensemble skills, as well as with a greater enjoyment for classical music and many lifelong friends. — An-Ya Olson, 2016