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The Sewanee WinterFest is a one-week program focused on fostering community and connection among talented young instrumentalists, opera singers, composers, and conductors. We seek to help artists reboot, renew, and prepare for the next phase of their professional career. We will bring together our outstanding SSMF faculty, along with acclaimed guest artists who, together, will shape an extraordinary week. The program will have a duel focus – we will provide outstanding musical training in a digital space, mock auditions, programming, master classes, score study and programming, and more. Beyond musicianship, this unique and immersive program will focus on a range of important topics facing young artists today, including:

  • Music, community engagement, and inclusiveness
  • Career development resources – going beyond talent
  • Mindfulness and thoughtful practice for busy musicians
  • Defining Advocacy in the 21st century
  • Discovering purpose, mission and vision

Since its inception over 60 years ago, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival has been a launching pad for the next generation of talented artists-citizens. While we are expanding beyond our regular summer season and offering this program digitally, the core of what we do remains the same. We hope you will join us in January, and look forward to welcoming you digitally, to the mountain!

Additional faculty, guest artists, project/performance, and collaborative opportunities are coming soon! 

Application Information

The Sewanee WinterFest will use as an application platform for all programs. In order to provide greater access to the WinterFest, and in recognition of the challenges our community is facing, THERE IS NO APPLICATION FEE.


$385.00 – please note there is no application fee for the Sewanee WinterFest

Sample Schedule 

After a welcome and “getting to know you” session on Jan 3, each day of the winter festival will run from approximately 9:30 am—4:00 pm. Each day will include large group work, plenary activities and area focused topics and programming. Small group sessions will include master classes, special topics, mock auditions, etc..

Auditor and Day Pass Options

There will be options for students to purchase a day pass and auditor pass for all sessions. Day pass and auditors can attend, but not participate in collaborative projects, masterclasses, etc. Information for auditors and day pass options will be available later this fall.

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