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SFA Piano in the Pines camp

photo of Piano Camp students
DATES: Sunday, July 19–Friday, July 24, 2020
LOCATION: Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music, Nacogdoches, Texas
COST: $450.....Full camp (includes room and board)
$350.....Commuter (only lunch included)
Cost goes up $25 on April 1 and $50 on May 1

At the SFA Piano in the Pines Summer Camp, students will get an opportunity to have daily private lessons with one of the piano faculty, receive coachings on piano duets or ensembles, and take supplemental classes in technique and history to improve their overall musicianship. Performance classes will help students prepare for performing on stage in a supportive environment while individual time in practice rooms between lessons will be given to refine their repertoire. The week culminates in performing in a duet/ensemble concert on Thursday, and a final solo recital on Friday in one of our concert halls.

For more information, email the camp director, Mario Ajero, at or call 936.468.1389.


Pianists should bring one memorized piece to be played in performance, plus an additional solo or concerto work presently being studied. Faculty will help pianists improve the memorized performance piece they bring to the camp and also work with additional solo works or concerti that are “in progress.”


There are two ways to register:

Documents and Information

  • View Faculty (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

  • Sample camp Schedule (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

    Time Location Activity
    2 p.m. Wright Music Building Registration
    2:30 p.m. Dormitory Check-in
    3:30 p.m. Cole Concert Hall Orientation
    4 p.m. Faculty Studios First Performance Class
    5 p.m. Cole Concert Hall Lobby Dinner
    6 p.m. Faculty Studios Ensemble Placing
    7 p.m. Practice Rooms Practice
    8 p.m. Dormitory Dorm Meeting
    Time Location Activity
    7:15 a.m. Dormitory Wake Up
    8 a.m. Cafeteria Breakfast
    9–10:30 a.m. Studios/Practice Rooms Lessons/Practice
    10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Faculty Studios Performance Class
    11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Cafeteria Lunch
    1–2 p.m. Wright Music Building Special Topics Class
    2–3 p.m. Faculty Studios Ensemble Coachings
    3–4 p.m. Cole Concert Hall Performance Masterclass
    4–5 p.m. Practice Rooms Practice/Ensemble Rehearsal
    Time Location Activity
    7:15 a.m. Dormitory Wake Up
    8 a.m. Cafeteria Breakfast
    9–10 a.m. Practice Rooms Practice
    10–11 a.m. Cole Concert Hall Solo Recital run-through
    11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Cafeteria Lunch/Dress for Recital
    1–2 p.m. Cole Concert Hall Final Recital
    2 p.m. Cole Concert Hall Photos
    2:30–3 p.m. Dormitory Dorm Checkout

    Nights (option to practice/rehearse ensembles):

    Monday—Game Night
    Tuesday—Student Recreation Center Swimming
    Wednesday—Talent Night
    Thursday—Movie Night