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SFA Piano in the Pines camp

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DATES: Sunday, July 24–Friday, July 29, 2022
LOCATION: Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music, Nacogdoches, Texas
COST: $500.....Full camp (includes room and board) $375.....Commuter (only lunch included)
ELIGIBILITY: Students must be between grade 6-12 in the Fall 2022 semester

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.”


Reserve your spot with a $100 deposit before June 1. All deposits are nonrefundable unless it is deemed unsafe to operate this summer or there is a mandated travel restriction that prevents you from attending. Remaining balance will be due by July 1.

There are two ways to register:

Documents and Information

All students, faculty, and staff will be required to follow any local and university mandates regarding health and safety. Social distancing will be encouraged while indoors (including while in lessons, classes, rehearsals, and concerts).. We strongly encourage all camp attendees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and boosters to keep our community safer.

For more details, read the SFA Piano in the Pines Camp Info Sheet.

Sample Camp Schedule

2:00-3:15 pm Check-in at music building and dormitory
3:30 pm Orientation and information meeting in Recital Hall
4:00 pm First Performance Class with Studio Teachers
5:00 pm Dinner
6:00 pm Ensemble Placing in Faculty Studios
7:00 pm Practice
8:00 pm Meeting in Dormitory with counselors
7:15 am Wake-up
8:00 am Breakfast at Cafeteria
9:00-10:30 am Private lessons and Practice Time
10:30-11:30 am Performance Class in studios
11:45-12:45 Lunch in Cafeteria
1:00-2:00 pm Special Topics Class
2:00-3:00 pm Ensemble Coachings
3:00-4:00 pm Performance Masterclass in Cole Concert Hall
4:00-5:00 pm Practice or rehearse with ensemble
7:15 am Wake-up
8:00 am Breakfast at Cafeteria
9:00-10:00 am Practice Time
10:00-11:00 am Solo Recital run-through
11:30-12:30 Lunch then dress for recital
1:00-2:00 pm Final Recital
2:00 pm Photos
2:30-3:00 pm Check-out of dormitory and say goodbye!
Nightly activities (option to practice/rehearse ensembles)
Monday Game Night
Tuesday Student Recreation Center Swimming
Wednesday Special Talent Night
Thursday Movie Night