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June 23-29, 2024

Open to middle- and high-school students, the SFA Strings Camp is a week-long intensive study of string orchestra literature. You'll engage in musical studies with SFA School of Music's string faculty members, guest orchestra conductor instructors.

Recommended experience is at least on year of involvement in a school orchestra program or completion of Suzuki book one in private lessons.

Key 2024 dates:
  • May 27: Chamber ensemble submission deadline
  • June 10: Registration deadline
  • June 12: Orchestra placement submission deadline

Orchestra placement

The SFA Strings camp offers three orchestras. Placement is based on your video audition submission using the music excerpts provided. 

Audition excerpts will be posted as soon as they are finalized.

  • Symphony Orchestra
    • Placement based on advanced audition excerpts.
    • Intended for high school juniors and seniors who are preparing to join orchestra in college.
  • Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Placement based on advanced audition excerpts.
    • Intended for early high school level players who are advancing in their orchestra careers.
  • Lyrica Orchestra
    • Placement based on intermediate audition excerpts.
    • Intended for middle school level players in the early years of their orchestra careers.

Chamber ensemble for advanced players

If you're also interested in joining a chamber ensemble, be sure to read the details of this opportunity before submitting your audition video. Submission deadline is May 27.

 

Pricing information

Regular camper rate
  • Resident camper: $495
    • Includes meals and lodging
  • Commuter: $275
2024 All-Region members
  • Resident camper: $420
    • Includes meals and lodging
2024 All-State members
  • Resident camper: $295
    • Includes meals and lodging
Incoming SFA first-year music majors
  • Resident camper: $350
    • Includes meals and lodging

Incoming SFA first-year nonmusic majors may attend at the regular camper rate.


Refunds
  • Prior to registration deadline: $40 fee
  • After registration deadline: $50 fee
  • After camp begins: No refund

Registration information

Register online

Register and pay online through the School of Music's secure marketplace store (link will be posted as soon as it becomes available).

All major credit cards are accepted.

Registration deadline: June 10

Submit your audition video

After you register, submit a video audition to help us determine your:

  • placement in one of the three orchestras
  • and seating within sections.

Email your video audition to SFAStringsCamp@sfasu.edu. Links to YouTube videos or an external file hosting site (like Dropbox or Google Drive) also are acceptable. Include the your first and last name in the file name or YouTube video title.

All video audition submissions for orchestra placement are due June 12.

Advanced players

If you're also interested in joining a chamber ensemble, be sure to read the details of this opportunity before submitting your audition video.

Chamber ensemble placement (advanced players)

Students who play the literature equivalent to Suzuki book four or above are considered advanced players.

This year, there will be a more exclusive chamber experience with only six-eight chamber ensembles selected.

How to audition

After you register, submit a video that showcases a four-five minute excerpt from a solo of which you're currently learning.

Important: This video audition is not the same as auditioning for orchestra placement.

Submitting your video

Email your video audition to SFAStringsCamp@sfasu.edu. Links to YouTube videos or an external file hosting site (like Dropbox or Google Drive) also are acceptable.

Include the your first and last name and "chamber audition" in the file name or YouTube video title.

All video audition submissions for chamber ensembles are due May 27.

Daily schedule and what to bring

Students will be involved in orchestra rehearsals, sectionals, music electives and optional private lessons. The SFA string faculty members and guest artists guide all teaching facets of the camp. Students also will engage in extracurricular activities including movie night, a talent show, and various guest concerts.

Tentative schedule (PDF coming soon)

View the Strings Camp packing list.

Contact

School of Music
936.468.4602
schoolofmusic@sfasu.edu
Faculty directory

Physical Address:
Wright Music Building
Room 150

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13043, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962