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Strings Camp

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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 July 6–11, 2014.

By coming to the SFA Strings camps, you get to experience all that SFA has to offer. Here at the SFA camps, you 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 for 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 middle and high school students. Students are divided into two orchestras according to age and ability. Middle school age 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, Dr. Gene H. Moon, at or call 936.468.3885.


Sunday, July 6–Friday, July 11, 2014 (apply by June 30, 2014)


Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music, Nacogdoches, Texas


$395.....Full camp (includes room and board)
$355.....Commuter with meals
$275.....Commuter without meals


Scholarships apply only to high school students. The camp administrator will confirm involvement in selected honor groups.

  • Made All-Region: $75 scholarship to be taken off full cost per camper
  • Made All-State: $75 scholarship to be taken off full cost per camper


The following discounts are available:

  • 10-19 campers from same school: $10 off of regular full cost per camper
  • 20+ campers from same school: $15 off of regular full cost per camper

Housing and Meals

Students will be housed in Hall 10 (girls) and Mays Hall (boys) on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. These dorms are marked #27 and #48 respectively on the campus map. Meals will be taken at East College cafeteria, marked #15 on the campus map.

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 a night at the SFA recreation center that includes swimming, basketball, sand volleyball and an indoor rock-climbing wall.


There are two ways to register:

Information and Downloads

  • SFA Strings Camp information sheet

  • 2014 Strings Camp Concerto Competition (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

    The SFA strings camp offers students the opportunity to audition for the coveted spot as the outstanding guest soloist for the final gala concert held on Friday, July 11 at 3 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall. The high school orchestra will prepare one of the following concerti (without cadenza), dependent upon the selected winner of the concerto competition's final round, to be held on Sunday, July 6:

    • Violin: Violin Concerto in G major, Hob.VIIa:4, first movement only by Franz Joseph Haydn
    • Viola: Viola Concerto in C major, first movement only by Johann Baptist Vanhal
    • Cello: Cello Concerto No.1 in C major, Hob.VIIb:1, first movement only by Franz Joseph Haydn
    • Double bass: Concerto in G major, first movement by Domenico Dragonetti (orchestral tuning)

    The concerto competition will be held in two rounds: semi-final and final rounds. Performance of concerto movement does not need to be done by memory through all rounds and final performance.

    • Semi-final round (video round): Students who wish to enter the competition must first send a video performance of the selected concerto movement (with or without accompanist) shared through an online video service such as Vimeo or YouTube or through a file sharing program such as Dropbox. Video submission must be sent by Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Late submissions will be not included in consideration for final round.
    • Final Round (live performance): Up to four competitors from the semi-final round will be selected to compete in the final round of the concerto competition held on Sunday, July 6 in front of a live audience. One winner will be selected from the final round and will perform as the guest soloist on the final gala concert held on Friday, July 11 at 3 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall.

    For more information, contact Dr. Gene H. Moon at

  • Download Audition Music (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

    Below are links for a few selections planned to be prepared during the SFA strings camp. All campers will be asked to prepare excerpts from their respective music on the first day of camp. The audition is not to determine camp entrance but only ensemble and violin placement as well as seating.

    Students entering 8th grade and below should prepare the junior high school materials. Students entering 10th grade and above should prepare the Elgar Strings Serenade parts. High school violinists may decide whether they would like to prepare first or second violin parts, depending upon their ability level (perhaps consult with your director and/or private teacher).

    Students entering the 9th grade normally prepare the junior high material. However, if you feel confident in accomplishing the high school material, you may prepare the Elgar String Serenade part. Your audition on the first day of camp for the faculty will determine if high school placement is appropriate for you. Once again, you may want to consult with your director and/or private teacher.

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