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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 2– Friday, July 7, 2017 (registration is still open!!!).

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, Dr. Gene H. Moon, at or call 936.468.3885.


Sunday, July 2–Friday, July 7, 2017 (registration is still open!!!)


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-Area discounts may not be coupled with other discounts


  • 10–19 campers from same school: $10 off of regular full cost per camper
  • 20+ campers from same school: $15 off of regular cost per camper
  • early registration discount: register by May 1, 2017 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

All campers will be housed in Steen Hall and take all meals in the East College Cafeteria. For more information, please download the information sheet below.

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.


  • Faculty

  • Information and Downloads

    • 2017 Strings Camp Concerto Competition

      The SFA Strings Camp offers students the opportunity to audition for the coveted spot as the outstanding guest soloist for the final gala concert held on Friday, July 7 at 3 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall. Below is a list of approved concerti of which a student may choose to prepare for the video-recorded semi-final round. The high school orchestra will prepare one of the concerti (cadenza is optional), dependent upon the selected winner of the concerto competition’s live final round, to be held on Sunday, July 2:

      • Violin: Violin Concerto in G major, Hob.VIIa:1, first movement by Franz Joseph Haydn
      • Violin: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216, first movement by W.A. Mozart
      • Viola: Viola Concerto in D major, first movement by Franz Anton Hoffmeister
      • Viola: Viola Concerto in C minor, first movement by J.C. Bach/Casadesus
      • Cello: Cello Concerto in B-flat major, G. 482, first movement by Luigi Boccherini (Grutzmacher version)
      • Cello: Cello Concerto in D major, first movement by Giovanni Costanzi (formerly attributed to Haydn as Hob. VII:4)
      • Double bass: Double Bass Concerto in G major, first movement by Domenico Dragonetti (orchestral tuning)
      • Double bass: Double Bass Concerto, Op. 3, first movement by Serge Koussevitzky
      • Harp: Harp Concerto in B-flat major, first movement by George Frideric Handel

      The concerto competition will be held in two rounds: semi-final and final rounds. Performance of concerto movement does not need to be done by memory through all rounds and final performance.

      • Semi-final round (video round): Students who wish to enter the competition must first send a video performance of the selected concerto movement (with or without accompanist) shared through an online video service such as Vimeo or YouTube or through a file sharing program such as Dropbox. Video submission must be sent by Thursday, June 15, 2017. Late submissions will be not considered for the final round.
      • Final Round (live performance): Up to four competitors from the semi-final round will be selected to compete in the final round of the concerto competition held on Sunday, July 2 in front of a live audience. One winner will be selected from the final round and will perform as the guest soloist on the final gala concert held on Friday, July 7 at 3 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall.

      For more information, contact Dr. Gene H. Moon at

    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 Junior High 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.

    High School Excerpts

    Junior High Excerpts

    Harp Excerpts