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Sewanee University Dept. of Music
Sewanee: The University of the South   735 University Ave.  
SewaneeTN 37383 ,  TN, 
 
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The Department of Music provides students with a wide variety of opportunities to cultivate their musical interests. Students are welcome to perform in the University Choir, Orchestra or Jazz Band, take instrumental or vocal private lessons, learn the art of composition, or study the fascinating fields of music history and world music. We seek to balance the demands of intensive musical study with the University’s goal of educating the whole person. The Department of Music provides the unique opportunity for students to work very closely with its very talented faculty, that spend a great deal of time working individually with music majors and non-majors alike. We offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music as well as a Music Minor. With the Music Major, students may choose their own area of emphasis. Many of our Music Majors also pursue an additional major in another discipline. Musical life at Sewanee is rich and vibrant. Sewanee students, faculty and University ensembles perform regularly on campus and the Department of Music holds monthly noon hour recitals that showcase student and faculty performances. World class performers are showcased in the Sewanee Performing Arts Series. These have included such internationally acclaimed artists as Frederica von Stade, The Vermeer String Quartet, Chanticleer and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Frequently, Sewanee music students have the wonderful opportunity to attend master classes offered by these renowned guest artists. The University of the South also hosts the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, an internationally acclaimed event that combines a five-week program for advanced music students and a series of over 30 professional concerts. Sewanee has numerous quality music performance venues. Guerry Auditorium seats 1,000 and is used for orchestra concerts, musico-theatrical presentations and the University Performing Arts Series. All Saints’ Chapel, which seats up to 1,200, provides a spectacular visual and acoustical environment for choral concerts and the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols. All Saints’ Chapel also contains a superb 70-rank Casavant organ. St. Luke’s Chapel, which seats 125, has been renovated to create an exquisite setting for chamber concerts and recitals. St. Luke’s houses a 25-rank organ and nine-foot Bösendorfer piano. In a tower high above the heart of campus is the 56-bell Leonidas Polk Memorial Carillon, one the finest carillons in North America. Practice facilities, including a practice clavier for the carillon, are housed in Van Ness Hall. Generally, these practice rooms are available to students at all hours of the day while school is in session.

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