About TexStrings All-State Camp

Teaching Camp

Daniel Saenz, Camp Founder & Director

The TexStrings All-State Camp began in 2008 in the living room of its founder, Daniel Saenz. Very soon the camp sought a more spacious location as the attendees doubled in number in the camp’s second and third year. Now, the TexStrings Camp serves about 100 students each year and assists many of them in achieving their goals of making the Region and Texas All-State orchestras. 

2022 Camp Dates

TexStrings Katy

August 1st – 3rd, 2022
9am – 4pm
St. Peters Methodist Church
20775 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, TX 77450

Camp Tuition: $425 + $35 Registration Fee

TexStrings Clear Lake

August 4th & 5th, 2022
9am – 4pm
University Baptist Church
16106 Middlebrook Dr, Houston, TX 77059

Camp Tuition: $295 + $35 Registration Fee

New For 2022

This we are offering two intensive camps in Katy and Clear Lake. We are also thrilled to introduce our inaugural Earn Your Way: Summer Practice Pledge Fundraiser. During the months of May and June students can pledge to practice  for a certain amount of time that works for them and seek sponsorships to reach their practice goals! Think of it like a walk-a-thon…but for practicing your instrument.

By raising funds, students can earn Brazos Bucks to go towards their tuition for TexStrings All-State Camp, Houston Fiddle Week, or any other Brazos Program while giving back to their community by supporting the mission of Brazos Music. In addition to raising funds to attend camp, donations will help Brazos Music launch new programs including 1) A scholarship fund for all Brazos Music related camps and programs including TexStrings All-State Camp, Houston Fiddle Week, and Houston Orchestra For All and 2) Provide Region/All-State events during the school year.

2022 Faculty and Staff

Violin

Chloe Trevor
Eugeniu Cheremoush
Ingrid Gerling
Lindsey Baggett

Viola

Nina Knight, Camp Administrator
Sheldon Person
Lorento Golofeev

Cello

Daniel Saenz, Camp Director
Brittany Leavitt, Asst. Camp Administrator
Courtenay Vandiver Pereira
Louis Marie Fardet
Heoyk Kim

Bass

George Armorin
Stephen Martin

2022 Etudes

Please see TMEA website for required editions and full titles of etude books. 

Violin

Selection 1:

Fiorillo: no. 32, adagio espressivo

Selection 2:

Kreutzer no. 31, Allegro

 

Viola

Selection 1:

Fuchs Fantasy no. 14

Selection 2:

Campagnoli no. 3

Cello

Selection 1:

Popper no. 23

Selection 2:

Duport no. 8

Bass

Selection 1:

Storch-Hrabe no. 4

Selection 2: 

Storch-Hrabe no. 26

FAQ

Any high school string player from Texas (other states participants are welcomed, too) who are seriously interested in preparing for their Region and All-State auditions.

Our instructors are highly trained, leading pedagogues from prestigious institutions such as the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, Rice University, Sam Houston State University, the University of Houston and the Greater Metro Area.

TexStrings Katy will take place from August 1st – 3rd, 2022.

Texstrings Clear Lake will take place from August 4th – 5th, 2022.

TexStrings Katy will take place at St. Peters Methodist Church in Katy, TX, located at 20775 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, TX 77450.

TexStrings Clear Lake will take place at University Baptist Church, located at 16106 Middlebrook Dr, Houston, TX 77059.

TexStrings Katy: $425

TexStrings Clear Lake: $295

Post Camp Practice Hour, both camps: $15 per day

Class sizes cary, but most class sizes are limited to 8-10 students per class. We strive to keep the class size small to make sure teachers can give individual attention to each student.

Classes are divided into three levels:

Advanced – Former All-State members or those who have learned both of their etudes completely.

Intermediate – Students who haven’t learned their etudes yet, but are interested in learning the All-State excerpts for auditioning.

Beginner – Students who are interested in auditioning for Region only

If you are unsure of which class you should be in, ask your private teacher, orchestra director, or contact us.

9:00- 10:30 Session 1
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Session 2
12:00-12:40 Lunch
12:40-1:00 Stretch or practice break 
1:00-2:15 Session 3
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-4:00 Session 4
 
4:00-5:00 Post camp practice (Additional fee applies)

Unfortunately, unforeseen events happen. We are unable to reimburse you for any missed days since our instructors are hired several months ahead of time.

Please bring your instrument, a folding music stand, rock stop (cello and bass), pencils, notebook, a copy of the required all-state etudes and orchestral excerpts, and a “ready to learn” attitude!

If you cancel before July 1, you will receive a 100% refund on your registration fee minus the $35 processing fee. 

If you cancel before July 8, you will receive a 75% refund on your registration fee minus the $35 processing fee.

If you cancel before July 15, you will receive a 50% refund on your registration fee minus the $35 processing fee.

If you cancel anytime after July 16, we cannot give you a refund. 

Once the camp starts, there is no refund.