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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 5–Saturday, July 11, 2020. The deadline for registration is July 1, 2020.

By coming to the SFA Strings Camp, you get to experience all that SFA has to offer. During your week long stay, you will have the opportunity to 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 of 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 three 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 5–Saturday, July 11, 2020. The deadline for registration is July 1, 2020.


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 $450 made All-State: subtract $200 (camp cost: $250)*
made All-Region: subtract $75 (camp cost: $375)*
see 'Promotions'
Commuter $250 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, 2020 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 $325.

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): Student Center Restaurants

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 online and pay with check

    1. Complete the Online Registration Form by visiting the link below:

      Registration Form

    2. Complete the Photo Release and Medical Forms online by visiting the links below:

      Medical Form

      Photo Release Form

    3. Mail your check to:

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

      Make all checks out to: SFA Strings Camp
      Camper Name(s) in memo line or included in envelope