John Kilkenny, Artistic Director for the Sewanee Summer Music Festival since 2018, and Director of Percussion Studies and Associate Director of Concert Bands at George Mason University, sends the following report about the SSMF plans for this summer.
For over 60 years, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival has brought talented young musicians from across the world to study with gifted artistic faculty in the idyllic setting on the campus of the University of the South. Despite the COVID-19 related cancelation of summer programming for this year, we are fulfilling our mission with online lessons, classes, and seminars. We have also created an international composition competition, and plan to feature the winners of the competition in performance at next summer festivals. Finally, we will start a Sewanee@home series on our Facebook and YouTube channel. This series will feature conversations with our faculty and guest conductors and leading figures in our field, live and recorded performances, and a special virtual alumni reunion. Please “like” our Facebook page and subscribe to our youtube channel to be a part of these events!