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SFA Piano in the Pines camp

photo of Piano Camp students
DATES: Sunday, July 18–Friday, July 23, 2021
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 2021 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.”


Pay either full tuition or your remaining balance by July 1. There are two ways to register:

Documents and Information

Face coverings are no longer required at Stephen F. Austin State University. However, unvaccinated students are encouraged to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing whenever possible.
Please read the SFA Piano in the Pines Camp Info Sheet before arrival.

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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