Summer Music Centers

In western North Carolina, Brevard Music Center stands as one of this country’s premier summer training programs and festivals. Under the artistic direction of acclaimed conductor Keith Lockhart, Principal Conductor of the Boston Pops and Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Orchestra in London, 500 gifted students (ages 14 through post-college) come to the Music Center each summer to study with distinguished faculty and renowned guest artists. From the end of June to the beginning of August, students participate in a rigorous program of instruction and performance including orchestral ensembles, private lessons, chamber music, and opera.

The Sewanee Summer Music Festival participants will be fully immersed in the musical experience. Students will participate in daily orchestra rehearsals and chamber music coaching, as well as weekly lessons and master classes with our renowned faculty. In addition, participants can select to study composition, attend a conducting workshop, compete in our annual concerto competition, or perform in our student showcase concerts. 

The spirit and the purpose of the Stephen Collins Foster Music Camp remains the same, outstanding musical experiences for the young  musicians of the Commonwealth and surrounding states.

Eastern Music Festival is an outstanding educational experience for talented, dedicated, young artists between the ages of 14 and 23. Our faculty/musicians are teaching artists of the highest order – and our annual student population of 200+ is extraordinary.