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The SFA Summer Piano Institute is a week-long summer program for high school, college and middle school pianists. The program offers you the opportunity to experience:

  • private lessons and masterclasses with piano faculty members
  • coaching on piano duets or ensembles
  • and supplemental classes in technique and history for improving your overall musicianship.

Performance classes will help you prepare for performing on stage in a supportive environment, while individual time in practice rooms between lessons will be given to refine your repertoire.

The week culminates in performing in a duet/ensemble concert on Friday, and a final solo recital on Saturday in one of our concert halls.

July 17–22, 2023

The 2023 SFA Summer Piano Institute will feature artist faculty:

  • Aviram Reichert, Bronze Medal Winner at The Cliburn International Competition and Professor at Seoul National University
  • Mario Ajero, Professor of Piano Pedagogy at SFA
  • Minhae Lee, Assistant Professor of Piano at SFA
Pricing information
  • Full camp: $550 (double occupancy) or $575 (single occupancy)
    • Includes meals and lodging
  • Commuter: $400
    • Includes lunch

Registration information

Reserve your spot with a $100 deposit before May 1.

Deposits are nonrefundable unless there is a mandated travel restriction that prevents you from attending and is at the discretion of the School of Music faculty members.

Remaining balance is due by June 20.

There are two ways to register. Regardless of which method you choose, there are required documents which must be submitted by email or mail.

Register online

Register and pay online through the School of Music's secure marketplace store. All major credit cards are accepted.

Register by mail:

Complete the registration form (PDF) and mail with your check or money order (no cash) to the following address:

SFA Summer Piano Institute
c/o Dr. Mario Ajero
P.O. Box 13043, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Documents, schedule and additional information

Required documents to submit

Complete the following documents and email them to or mail them to the address listed below.

SFA Summer Piano Institute
c/o Dr. Mario Ajero
P.O. Box 13043, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Statement about health and safety

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.


When registering, you will be asked to submit links to videos of recent performances of two works of contrasting style (i.e., a movement of a Beethoven Sonata and a Chopin Etude). Upon arriving to our summer program, pianists should bring at least two contrasting works (these do not have to be the same repertoire as in the videos), with at least one of those pieces memorized to be played in performance. Additional solo or concerto works presently being studied are welcome.

Faculty will help pianists improve the memorized performance piece and will work with additional solo works or concerti that are “in progress.”

For more information, view the SFA Summer Piano Institute information sheet (PDF coming soon) or email the camp director, Dr. Mario Ajero, at or call 936.468.1389.

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Physical Address:
Wright Music Building
Room 150

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