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Strings Camp

Come join the SFA strings faculty, guest artists and staff for a week of unforgettable music making and friendship. The SFA Strings Camp invites junior high and high school students to be involved in this one-week intensive orchestra camp. The dates for the SFA Strings Camp are Sunday, July 7–Saturday, July 13, 2019. The deadline for registration is July 1, 2019.

By coming to the SFA Strings Camps, you get to experience all that SFA has to offer. Here at the SFA camps, you work with nationally renowned faculty members including SFA’s string faculty and students.

So what are you waiting for? Come to SFA and take home an experience for a lifetime. We promise you a week of great music making and fun!

Purpose of the camp

The SFA Strings Camp is a one-week intensive study of the string orchestra literature. Camp students engage in musical studies with the string faculty and orchestra conductor of Stephen F. Austin State University.


The SFA Strings Camp welcomes junior high and high school students. Students are placed into one of either two orchestras based on placement auditions held on the first day of camp. Audition excerpts are available at the bottom of the webpage. Placement will be determined factoring audition, which will include the excerpts and sightreading. Young students should have either been involved in their school programs for one year or have completed Suzuki book 1 in private lessons.

For more information, email the camp director, Ruby Ortiz, at


Sunday, July 7–Saturday, July 13, 2019. The deadline for registration is July 1, 2019.


Stephen F. Austin State University
School of Music
2210 Alumni Drive
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962


Standard pricing for Strings Camp (includes housing and meals):
camper Type Full Regular Price Standard Discounts (subtract from full regular price)
Resident $425 made All-State: subtract $200 (camp cost: $225)*
made All-Region: subtract $75 (camp cost: $350)*
see 'Promotions'
Commuter $225 see 'Promotions'

*) All-State and All-Region discounts are for high school students only and may not be coupled with other discounts.

Refunds: $40 fee on refunds prior to entry deadline; $50 fee on refunds after entry deadline. NO REFUNDS AFTER CAMP BEGINS. Social Security number required for all refunds.


  • 10–19 campers from same school: $10 off of regular full cost per camper (applies only to group registrations)
  • 20+ campers from same school: $15 off of regular cost per camper (applies only to group registrations)
  • early registration discount: register by May 1, 2019 and receive $10 off per camper (applies only to group registrations)

Multiple camper and early bird discounts can be combined for additional savings.

Incoming SFA freshmen (music majors) may attend for $250.

Incoming SFA freshmen (non-music majors) may attend, but subject to all regular pricing.

Housing and Meals

Housing: Steen Hall

Meals: East College Cafeteria

Optional Meals (not included in cost of camp): East College Cafeteria

Daily Schedule

Students will be involved in orchestra rehearsals, chamber music seminars, masterclasses, All-State preparation and optional private lessons. The SFA string faculty and guest artists guide all teaching facets of the camp. Students engage in extracurricular activities including swimming, basketball and more.


  • Register by mail and pay with check

    1. Complete the printable registration form
    2. Mail both forms and your check to:

      SFA School of Music Strings Camp
      Box 13043, SFA Station
      Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-3043

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    Audition Music

    All participants rehearse and perform in one of two orchestras during camp. In order to assign proper placement in the appropriate orchestra, each camper must prepare one of the two sets of audition music below according to their instrument. Generally, students entering the 8th grade and below should prepare the Middle School excerpts. Students from 9th grade and above should prepare High School excerpts.

    A sight-reading excerpt will also be utilized for orchestra placement.

    Younger students who feel they are strong enough for the high school group may prepare said excerpts, but final decision on placement is given to the camp faculty.

    Middle School Excerpts

    High School Excerpts