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Summer Camps

COVID-19 Update: At this time, some summer camps are as scheduled, some have been moved online, and some have been postponed to 2021. If camps are postponed, all deposits (except Ballet Intensive application fee) and tuition payments will be refunded. If camps are transitioned online, accounts will be reconciled based on payments already made. Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, all information is subject to change. Contact us with any questions at BCAS@butler.edu

Summer is the perfect time for students to take advantage of multiple opportunities at the Butler Community Arts School (BCAS) located on the beautiful campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Most of our camps serve the age groups of 7–11 and 12–18 and are offered with both commuter and residential options. An Adult Big-Band Workshop is available for adults who are not professional musicians, but have a passion for music.

With so many options, students are bound to find a program that aligns with their interests and goals as artists!

Listed below are the details for each of our summer camps. Explore them now. Please note, camps and dates are subject to change.

Adult Jazz Workshop POSTPONED TO 2021

Ages 18 and older

2020 Adult Jazz Workshop: May 31-June 5 Canceled for 2020 due to COVID-19. We hope to see you in 2021!
Lilly Hall at Butler University

Tuition: $250; optional improvisation class available from 4:00–5:50 PM for $100
Registration: April 1 

 REGISTER NOW 

Audition Date: Sunday, May 17, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.  (audition requirements below)

Note: if you are unable to attend the audition date, please submit a video audition to BCAS@butler.edu prior to May 17th. 

Big Band rehearsals (6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.): Sunday, May 31-Wednesday, June 3
Family concert at Butler: Thursday, June 4
Performance at the Jazz Kitchen: Friday, June 5

This workshop provides the opportunity for adults with intermediate to advanced skills on their instrument to participate in jazz band or combo learning experience under the direction of a professional staff, including Mark Buselli, Matt Pivec, and Freddie Mendoza. This workshop will feature a 10-piece band plus one or more combos. Please note: instructors may modify group size and instrumentation depending on enrollment/instrumentation. 

Applicants typically are adults from all walks of professional life who are not professional musicians, but have continued to maintain their interest in playing. Prerequisite: Must be able to play at an intermediate or advanced level. Must be able to read music.

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. Registration form is due by April 1. Full tuition is due by April 1. Payments can be made online by selecting "Make a Payment" on the BCAS homepage. Early registration is advised due to the limited number of positions available. Late applications may be accepted on the basis of available space. All refund requests must be submitted via email to BCAS@butler.edu. No refunds will be issued after April 1.

OPTIONAL Improvisation class will be offered each evening at 4:00–5:50 PM (Monday–Thursday), prior to the big-band rehearsals at 6:00 PM. Classes are subject to change. Limited class size. Class fee is $100.

  • 4:00–5:50 PM: Jazz Improv explores the art of creating an improvised solo by exploring chord/scale theory, rhythm, and listening examples. Beginner or intermediate level

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • A prepared piece of your choosing
  • Sight-reading (provided at audition on May 17)
  • Concert Bb, Eb, and G major scales (two octaves when appropriate—required for lead trumpet)
  • Melody of your choice and two choruses of improvisation on Bb blues (required for improvisation class participants—optional for others)
  • Vocalists should demonstrate a song of their choice with either a background track or piano accompaniment 

Participants must be willing to practice their parts in advance of the camp week. Improvisation class placement will be determined by your audition. Supplemental improvisation classes do not require prior improvisation experience. 

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or 317-940-5500 with any questions.

Arts Camp (Ages 7–11) POSTPONED TO 2021

Ages 7–11

2020 Arts Camp: July 6-10 (Monday–Friday, 1:30–5:00 PM) Canceled for 2020 due to COVID-19. We hope to see you in 2021!
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $195
Registration deadline: May 1 Extended to June 1

Butler Arts Camp is designed for students who wish to explore ALL of the arts—music, visual art, theatre, and dance—in fun, hands-on activities with Butler students. NO previous experience necessary. Our intent is to stimulate imagination and provide attainable challenges while exploring new art forms. Tuition includes snacks, T-shirt, and all materials.

Registration form and $50 non-refundable deposit due on May 1 with remaining tuition due in full by June 1. Payment plans available. Payment can be made online by selecting "Make a Payment" on the BCAS homepage. All refund requests must be submitted via email to BCAS@butler.edu. No refunds will be issued after June 1. Late applications may be accepted on the basis of available space. 

Tentative Schedule 

  • Monday, 1:00 PM: Camp check-in
  • Monday–Friday, 1:30–5:00 PM: Campers attend daily camp sessions*
  • Friday, 4:30 PM: Informal camper presentation in Lilly Hall, Room 112*

*Provisions for after-camp care are not available, all campers should be picked up at 5:00 PM daily.

Need-based scholarships are available for ages 18 and under; you may apply for scholarship on the camp registration form OR complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or 317-940-5500 with any questions.

Ballet Summer Intensive (Ages 13-18) Commuter & Online Only

COVID-19 Update: We have been approved for a Commuter Intensive (Indiana residents only) as well as an Online Intensive. Space is limited, please inquire before applying: BCAS@butler.edu  

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Ages 13–18 (students must be 13 years old by July 6)

2020 Butler Ballet Intensive: July 6–August 1 

Tuition | $3,100 (commuter) or $350 per week (online)
***A $50 non-refundable application fee is required at the time of applying***

Application Deadline | March 1, 2020  

Late applications accepted if available space; please inquire.
Pre-professional level only
Space is limited; we encourage you to apply early.

*2020 Intensive Information Subject to Change

What is the Commuter-only Intensive?

  • Same great faculty, same studios, same high-quality experience.
  • Commuter-only Intensive is available only to residents of Indiana, per the most recent Governor’s re-opening plan. 
  • No dorm or dining services will be available (per University directive)
  • Participants will arrive by 9:00am and depart at 5:30pm EST daily, Monday thru Saturday.  Classes run approx. 9-noon and 1:00-5:30 EST
  • Intensive will still run for 4 weeks, from Monday, July 6 to Saturday, August 1 (11am performance on final day of Intensive).
  • We will still offer options for 2-week or 3-week participation.   
  • Because dining services are not available, we cannot provide lunch.  Participants must bring their own lunch.  Accordingly, commuter tuition will be reduced from $3400 to $3100 (4-week Intensive). 

We will operate under the following parameters/guidelines, in order to prioritize the health and safety of all participants.  We will operate under any additional guidelines that the University or state/local government puts into place for July.

  • Class Size:  limited to 15-20.  This is based on maintaining 6-foot social distancing in the ballet studio. 
  • Curriculum changes:  No pas de deux class. No partnering. Choreography will maintain physical distancing.  
  • Dress:  Participants will arrive dressed for the day. No changing in the restrooms will be permitted. 
  • Cleaning: Daily cleaning of the studio, per guidelines of CDC/university.  Additional sanitizing stations in the studio area.
  • COVID waiver: Parent required to sign additional waiver that says University cannot fully guarantee that participant will not be exposed to COVID-19.  
  • Masks:  Participants will wear mask when entering/exiting the building. No mask while dancing, unless student prefers to wear mask. Faculty/musicians will wear mask during class, plus enter/exit.
  • Enter/Exit procedure:  Curbside drop-off near building entrance. BCAS staff will be on front steps to verify participant is wearing mask and collect forms.  Participant will bring daily statement/form that parent has signed, affirming that temperature is normal, no symptoms, etc.  BCAS staff will direct participant to elevator (one person at a time) or stairs. Participant goes directly to third floor lobby (where ballet studio is located).  Staggered dismissal from third floor to the front steps for curbside pick-up.
  • Lunch:  Everyone brings their own lunch. Eat in third floor lobby (or outside), with distancing.
  • Restrooms: Usage will be staggered. 
  • Illness/Injury: There will not be a physical therapist on site. For any injury or illness, the parent will be called to come get the participant. If necessary, participant will be isolated until the parent arrives. BCAS staff can do minor first aid (as always), but nothing beyond basic first aid.  Rare exception – for emergencies, BCAS staff will take appropriate action to address the health and safety of the participant.
  • Final performance: Will be virtual and/or in-person.  If in-person is allowed, then audience will be limited to 1 attendee per participant.  Audience must wear masks.

What is the Online Intensive?

Participants for the Online Intensive will attend, via zoom, the Commuter-only Intensive, between 9:00-5:30 EST daily (Monday through Saturday). Online participants will be observing and participating in the classes from home, and hearing all of the corrections and instructions that faculty provide.

  • Required classes for participation: Required to virtually attend ballet/pointe (approximately 9:00-noon EST); other classes are optional (approx. 1:00-5:30 EST).  
  • Private coachings by faculty: Additionally, participants will receive two private coachings each week (30-minutes each, via zoom) from Intensivefaculty.  Final schedule will be emailed approximately one week prior to Intensive. Coachings will be in the evening, 6-9pm EST.
  • Required recording: While participating online, the dancer should record themself (ballet/pointe only) on a second device (a phone is fine!) and then share the video via google drive (we will provide you with a google drive folder for your student), at least 24-hours prior to her scheduled coaching.
  • Faculty review: Prior to the coaching, the faculty will review video that the participant records of herself. During the coaching, the participant will be dressed and ready to dance (within whatever space is available). Faculty will provide personalized corrections, based on the submitted video and discussions during the coaching.
  • Tuition: $350 per week. May enroll for 1,2,3 or 4 weeks.  Faculty recommend 2-week minimum.
  • Minimum tech requirements:  Computer/laptop/tablet for participating online (via zoom, a free download) and a second device (phone is fine) for recording.   Minimum speed=1.5mbps.

 

Join Butler dance faculty, under the artistic direction of Marek Cholewa, for our pre-professional dance intensive on the beautiful campus of Butler University. The 4-week intensive will have a classical ballet focus with additional classes in character, modern, jazz, and repertoire. Please note: students must turn age 13 by the first day of the Intensive in order to be eligible to participate.

Students are encouraged to apply early as space is limited. A photo of the student en pointe in first arabesque (females) or in first arabesque (males) is required with the application. A headshot is also required. Video auditions may be requested in addition to a completed application form. Applicants may receive this request via email after submitting the application form. Video auditions should consist of one classical variation (ladies en pointe). 

 

More detailed scheduling information, what to bring, and where to report, etc. will be included with the Intensive information packet provided to all participants in early summer. Please review our FAQ's page for general details.

Application deadline and accompanying $50 application fee is due March 1. Late applications accepted if available space; please inquire. Full tuition is due by April 1 for all accepted participants, both residential and commuter. Payments can be made online by selecting "Make a Payment" on the BCAS homepage

Please make note of the refund policy below:

REFUND/WITHDRAWAL POLICY
In the event that a student accepted into the Intensive is no longer able to attend the Intensive, notification of withdrawal from the program should be submitted in writing to BCAS@butler.edu. For students withdrawing prior to April 1, all tuition fees will be refunded (excluding the $50 application fee); extended to June 1 for students with COVID-19 concerns. There will be no refunds issued after April 1; extended to June 1 for students with COVID-19 concerns. EXCEPTION: In the case of injury that prevents the students from beginning participation in the Intensive, a half-tuition credit will be provided for participation in the Intensive the following year (half-tuition as residential or commuter is determined based on which option was selected with the application). A doctor's note must be provided. All credit requests must be submitted via email to BCAS@butler.edu. No refunds or credits will be given after the start of the Intensive. 

Frequently Asked Questions (class size, dorm supervision, etc.)

Need-based scholarships are available for ages 18 and under. You may apply for scholarship on the registration form or complete the separate Scholarship Application Form. 

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or 317-940-5500 with any questions regarding registration, housing, etc. For questions regarding Intensive curriculum, please contact artistic director, Marek Cholewa at mcholewa@butler.edu OR 317-940-9664.

Bass Camp (upright bass) ONLINE! (Ages 12-21)

Ages 12–21
2020 Bass Camp ONLINE: June 8–12 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM--12:00 PM)

REGISTER  We are now past the June 1 deadline. We will accept late registrations as space allows. Please inquire at BCAS@butler.edu
Tuition: $150 
Registration deadline: May 1 Extended to June 1

This camp has been moved online due to the current situation surrounding COVID-19. We are disappointed that we are unable to offer an on-campus experience this summer. However, the camp faculty are excited to work with students via this NEW online offering! 

No audition is required; all levels are welcome, although it is required that participants have at least one year of prior study on upright bass. 

Daily classes in: stretching and movement (which can be done in your bedroom or den!), technique, special topics such as orchestra repertoire, and masterclasses with our great faculty.

Students will need: laptop, desktop, or tablet to participate via Zoom (free application), reliable internet (1.5 mbps min.), and their bass! 

Optional private lessons with faculty: optional private lessons available in the afternoon, pending faculty availability. Lessons will occur Mon-Thurs; 30-minutes each.

  • Cost: $25 each
  • Register for up to 4 lessons
  • Private lesson schedule and invoice will be communicated approx. one week before camp
  • Need-based scholarship rates available

Registration form and $50 non-refundable deposit due by June 1; remaining tuition is due in full by June 1. Payment plans available. Payment can be made online by selecting "Make a Payment" on the BCAS homepage. All refund requests must be submitted via email to BCAS@butler.edu. No refunds will be issued after June 1. Space is limited, register early. Late applications may be accepted on the basis of available space.

Featured Faculty

Butler Bass Camp will feature David Murray, professor of bass at Butler University, and the Bad Boyz of Double Bass Quartet—David Murray, Anthony Stoops, Volkan Orhon, and Paul Sharpe; with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra associate principal bass Robert Goodlett.

Need-based scholarships are available for ages 18 and under; you may apply for scholarship on the camp registration form OR complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or 317-940-5500 with any questions.

 

Guitar Camp (Ages 7-11) POSTPONED TO 2021

Ages 7–11

2020 Guitar Camp: June 22–26 (Monday–Friday; 9:00 AM–noon)  Canceled for 2020 due to COVID-19. We hope to see you in 2021!
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $195
Registration deadline: May 1 

The Butler Community Arts School is excited to offer a NEW camp designed for students ages 7–11 interested in guitar! Butler guitar camp is designed to expose students with little or no prior study to the guitar and its music. Instruction will focus on basic technique with concentration on a short melody or tune daily. Students will be introduced to a variety of guitar styles including blues, folk, rock, classical, and flamenco music. Activities will include group ensemble, games, and more! The week will conclude with a short group recital. Tuition includes snacks, a T-shirt, and all materials. Students must supply their own instrument. Acoustic guitars are preferred, but electric guitars are welcome (student must provide own amp).

 

Registration form and $50 non-refundable deposit due by May 1; remaining tuition is due in full by June 1 for all campers. Payment plans available. Payment can be made online by selecting "Make a Payment" on the BCAS homepage. All refund requests must be submitted via email to BCAS@butler.edu. No refunds will be issued after June 1. Late applications may be accepted on the basis of available space.

*Provisions for after-camp care are not available; all campers should be picked up at noon daily. 

Need-based scholarships are available for ages 18 and under; you may apply for scholarship on the camp registration form OR complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or 317-940-5500 with any questions.

Jazz Camp ONLINE! (Ages 12-18)

Ages 12–18 | Vocal Jazz track for ages 15–18

2020 Jazz Camp ONLINE: July 13–17 (Mon-Fri, 9 AM--12:30 PM)

REGISTER
Tuition: $175 
Registration deadline: May 1 Extended to June 15

This camp has been moved online due to the current situation surrounding COVID-19. We are disappointed that we are unable to offer an on-campus experience this summer. However, the camp faculty are excited to work with students via this NEW online offering! This camp will be comprised of morning classes, with optional afternoon classes and optional afternoon private lessons.

Jazz camp is open to students ages 12–18 (campers who are 18 and have not yet matriculated at a college are eligible to attend camp). No audition is required for admission to camp; all levels are welcome, although it is required that participants have at least one year of prior study on their instrument. We welcome all traditional Jazz instruments such as saxophone, trumpet, trombone, upright bass, guitar, piano, percussion, and voice (ages 15–18 only) as well as more non-traditional instruments such as flute, clarinet, oboe, or violin. If questions, please inquire at BCAS@butler.edu

Placement Audition | due by July 9

Students are required to submit a digital placement audition to BCAS@butler.edu. Must be in .mp3 or .mp4 or .mov file type.

Placement audition requirements:​

  • Bass: 
    • F major scale 2 octaves and Db major scale 1 octave in quarter notes at 120bpm

    • Walk a F blues for 2 choruses. med tempo. If you don't know blues any walking line or bass line you've been working on. Please no bass solos

    • Reading: record the written line in the pdf.

  • Guitar and piano: 
    • Jazz selection of your choice: Play with a backing track. For each, play melody, improvise 1 chorus, and comp chords 1 chorus
    • Major scales, as many keys as you can: both hands, 1-2 octaves
  • Drumset: 
    • Jazz selection of your choice

    • 8 measures of as many of the following grooves as possible: Medium Swing, Ballad (w/brushes), Bossa Nova, Funk, Jazz Waltz

  • Horns/Vibes/Marimba

Campers should provide their own instrument. Guitarists should provide their own amp. **There are separate requirements specific to the Vocal Jazz Track (ages 15–18), please see details below.

This weeklong jazz camp provides the opportunity for youth to participate in a fun and intense jazz-learning experience under the direction of professional staff led by Matt Pivec, director of jazz studies at Butler University. The faculty will include local jazz professionals. 

Daily Classes  subject to change

  • 9:00 AM - Masterclass
  • 9:45 AM - Virtual Ensemble
  • 10:30 AM - History and Listening Class
  • 11:15 AM - Virtual Ensemble (Recording Technology Masterclass)
  • 12:00 PM - Faculty Concert / Presentation

Learn about technologies for individual and ensemble practice such as: Ireal Pro, Band in a Box, Harmony Cloud, Final Cut Pro, and more! 

Optional Afternoon Classes ($50 each) (Mon-Thurs)

  • 1:00 PM - Intro to Music Notation Software - this session is designed to help the student learn basic principles of music notation using software programs. No software purchases are necessary, but a computer is required 
  • 2:00 PM - Jazz Arranging* - this session is designed to help the student learn the basic principles of jazz arranging including melody construction, harmonization, form and other topics. No software or app purchases are necessary
  • 3:00 PM - Music Business Technology - this session is designed to help the student learn how to book, organize and promote performances with the aid of technology

*Requires strong theory background, including mastery of major and minor key signatures and basic chord spelling.

Need-based scholarships available 

Optional Afternoon Private Lessons with Faculty 

  • Optional private lessons are available in the afternoon, pending faculty availability. 30-minutes each. Available on most instruments or voice. 
  • Cost: $25 each
  • Register for up to 4 lessons 
  • Private lessons schedule and invoice will be communicated approx. one week prior to camp

Need-based scholarships available 

 

Students will need: phone or other device for recording, laptop, desktop, or table to participate via Zoom (free application), headphones, reliable internet (1.5 mbps min.), and their instrument!

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Vocal Jazz Track:

The Vocal Jazz Track is open to ages 15–18 only. All levels are welcome, but we strongly recommend at least one year of prior choral experience and/or vocal lessons. No prior jazz experience required. In order to participate, registrants must provide a letter of recommendation from his/her current private vocal teacher or choral director. Enrollment is limited, please register early.

Vocal jazz, or jazz singing, is an instrumental approach to the voice, where the singer can match the instruments in their stylistic approach to the lyrices, improvised or otherwise. Students will be able to build their skills by singing in a jazz vocal ensemble, performing for each other in masterclasses, and participating in jazz theory, improvisation, and jazz history classes. 

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Registration form and $50 non-refundable deposit due by June 15; remaining tuition is due in full by June 15. Payment plans available. All refund requests must be submitted via email to BCAS@butler.edu. No refunds will be issued after June 15. Payments can be made online by selecting "Make a Payment" on the BCAS homepage. Late applications may be accepted on the basis of available space.

 

Need-based scholarships are available for ages 18 and under; you may apply for scholarship on the camp registration form OR complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or 317-940-5500 with any questions.

Percussion Camp ONLINE! (Ages 12-18)

Ages 12–18
2020 Percussion Camp: June 8–12 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM--12:00 PM)

REGISTER  We are now past the June 1 deadline. We will accept late registrations as space allows. Please inquire at BCAS@butler.edu
Tuition: $150 
Registration deadline: May 1  Extended to June 1

This camp has been moved online due to the current situation surrounding COVID-19. We are disappointed that we are unable to offer an on-campus experience this summer. However, the camp faculty are excited to work with students via this NEW online offering! 

This camp is open to ages 12–18 (campers who are 18 and have not yet matriculated at a college are eligible to attend camp). No audition is required; all levels are welcome, although it is required that participants have at least one year of prior study on snare drum. 

Sessions will include: snare drum, 4-mallet keyboard technique, drumset technique and coordination, timpani technique, hand drum technique, improvisation, and percussion history.

Students will need: laptop, desktop, or tablet to participate via Zoom (free application), reliable internet (1.5 mbps min.), snare drum and/or practice pad, pair of sticks.

  • NOTE: NO other instruments needed at home to participate in sessions.
  • NOTE: If you own a drum set, mallet keyboard instrument and/or hand drum (conga, djembe), you are welcome to “bring “ them to class but it is not necessary to own the instruments to fully participate.

Optional private lessons with Butler Percussion faculty: optional private lessons available in the afternoon, pending faculty availability. Lessons will occur Mon-Thurs; 30-minutes each.

  • Cost: $25 each
  • Register for up to 4 lessons on: snare, drumset, timpani, mallets, other (specify) - must have your own instrument at home for private lessons
  • Schedule and invoice will be communicated approx. one week before camp
  • Need-based scholarship rates available

Registration form and $50 non-refundable deposit due by June 1; remaining tuition is due in full by June 1. Payment plans available. Payments can be made online by selecting "Make a Payment" on the BCAS homepage. All refund requests must be submitted via email to BCAS@butler.edu. No refunds will be issued after June 1. Space is limited, register early.  Late applications may be accepted on the basis of available space.

 

Featured Faculty
Butler University Percussion Artist-in-Residence Jon Crabiel

Special Guest Instructors

Jeff Queen, 4-time world snare drum champion

Jauvon Gilliam, Principal Timpani, National Symphony Orchestra

 

Need-based scholarships are available for ages 18 and under; you may apply for scholarship on the camp registration form OR complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or 317-940-5500 with any questions.

Piano Scholars Camp ONLINE! (Ages 12-18)

Ages 12–18
2020 Piano Scholars Camp ONLINE: June 15–19  (Mon-Fri, 9:30 AM--1:30 PM)  

 REGISTER  We are now past the June 1 deadline. We will accept late registrations as space allows. Please inquire at BCAS@butler.edu
Tuition: $175 
Registration deadline: May 1 Extended to June 1

This camp has been moved online due to the current situation surrounding COVID-19. We are disappointed that we are unable to offer an on-campus experience this summer. However, the camp faculty are excited to work with students via this NEW online offering! 

This camp is open to students ages 12–18 (campers who are 18 and have not yet matriculated at a college are eligible to attend camp). No audition is required; all levels are welcome. Students should have at least one year of prior piano study. 

Sessions will include: Daily master classes with guest artists; Butler Piano Faculty concerts; Celebration of Beethoven's 250th birthday; Practice 101; Memorization 2.0; Lunchtime chat/hangout; College prep and career sessions; Online concert on Friday at 10:30am EST (open to family and friends). *Subject to change

Students will need:

  • laptop, desktop, or tablet to participate via Zoom (free application)
  • reliable internet (1.5 mbps min.)
  • piano or keyboard
  • one or more prepared pieces to play for master class and/or optional private lessons and/or online concert; memory optional

Optional private lessons with faculty: optional private lessons available in the morning and afternoon, pending faculty availability. Lessons will occur Mon-Thurs; 30-minutes each.

  • Cost: $25 each
  • May sign up for two ($50) or 4 ($100)
  • Need-based scholarship rates available
  • Schedule and invoice will be communicated approx. one week before camp

Registration form and $50 non-refundable deposit due by June 1; remaining tuition is due in full by June 1. Payment plans available. Payment can be made online by selecting "Make a Payment" on the BCAS homepage. All refund requests must be submitted via email to BCAS@butler.edu. No refunds will be issued after June 1. Space is limited, register early. Late applications may be accepted on the basis of available space. 

Need-based scholarships are available for ages 18 and under; you may apply for scholarship on the camp registration form OR complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or 317-940-5500 with any questions.

Piano Camp (Ages 7–11) POSTPONED TO 2021

Ages 7–11

2020 Piano Camp: July 6–10 (Monday–Friday; 9:00 AM–12:30 PM) Canceled for 2020 due to COVID-19. We hope to see you in 2021!
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $195
Registration deadline: May 1 Extended to June 1

Butler piano camp for ages 7–11 is designed for students with at least one year prior piano study. It is recommended that students have at least one year of piano study. Students will be divided into smaller groups based on age and repertoire level. Activities will focus on music skills that are appropriate for students in each respective group. Our intent is to maintain interest, stimulate imagination, and provide attainable challenges. Classes may include repertoire, ensemble, music theory, and games.

Students should bring a favorite solo piece to share (memory optional). Ensemble pieces will be provided the first day of camp. Tuition includes snacks, T-shirt, and all materials. 

Afternoon option: Arts Camp
Arts Camp will be offered from 1:30–5:00 PM during the week of Piano Camp. Students can take an adventure through all of the arts, including visual art, dance, percussion, and theatre. No prior experience is necessary. Please see Arts Camp description for tuition. Students staying over for Arts Camp should bring a packed lunch, lunch will not be provided. Students will be supervised by designated camp staff from 12:30–1:30 PM until the start of Arts Camp.

Registration form and $50 non-refundable deposit due by May 1; remaining tuition is due in full by June 1 for all campers. Payment plans available. Payment can be made online by selecting "Make a Payment" on the BCAS homepage. All refund requests must be submitted via email to BCAS@butler.edu. No refunds will be issued after June 1. Late applications may be accepted on the basis of available space.

Tentative Schedule

  • Monday, 8:30 AM: Camp check-in
  • Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–12:30 PM: Campers follow daily camp schedule*
  • Friday, noon: Informal camper concert at Lilly Hall, Rm 112*

*Provisions for after-camp care are not available; all campers should be picked up at 12:30 PM daily (unless camper is enrolled in afternoon Arts Camp).

Need-based scholarships are available for ages 18 and under; you may apply for scholarship on the camp registration form OR complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or 317-940-5500 with any questions.

Strings Camp (Ages 7–11) POSTPONED TO 2021

Ages 7–11

2020 Strings Camp: July 6–10 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–12:30 PM) Canceled for 2020 due to COVID-19. We hope to see you in 2021!
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $195
Registration deadline: May 1 Extended to June 1

Butler strings camp for ages 7–11 is designed for students with prior strings study (violin, viola, cello, upright bass). It is required that students have at least one year of prior study. Our intent is to maintain interest, stimulate imagination, and provide attainable challenges. Classes include orchestra and sectionals, along with music theory and games.

Students should bring a favorite solo piece to share (memory optional). Ensemble pieces will be provided the first day of camp. Tuition includes snacks, T-shirt, and all materials. Campers should provide their own instrument.

Afternoon option: Arts Camp
Arts Camp from 1:30–5:00 PM during the week of Strings Camp. Students can take an adventure through all of the arts, including visual art, dance, percussion, and theatre. No prior experience within these art forms is necessary. Please see Arts Camp description for tuition. Students staying over for Arts Camp (Monday-Friday only) should bring a packed lunch, lunch will not be provided. Students will be supervised by designated camp staff from 12:30–1:30 PM.

Registration form and $50 non-refundable deposit due by May 1; remaining tuition is due in full by June 1. Payment plans available. All refund requests must be submitted via email to BCAS@butler.edu. No refunds will be issued after June 1. Payment can be made online by selecting "Make a Payment" on the BCAS homepage. Late applications may be accepted on the basis of available space. 

Tentative Schedule

  • Monday, 8:30 AM: Camp check-in
  • Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–12:30 PM: Campers follow daily schedule*
  • Friday, noon: Informal camper concert at Schrott Center for the Arts*

*Provisions for after-camp care are not available; all campers should be picked up at 12:30 PM daily (unless camper is enrolled in afternoon Arts Camp)

Need-based scholarships are available for ages 18 and under; you may apply for scholarship on the camp registration form OR complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or 317-940-5500 with any questions.

String Scholars Camp (Ages 12-18) Commuter Only

Ages 12–18

2020 String Scholars Camp: June 28–July 2  dates moved to July 13-17, Monday thru Friday, 9:00-5:30 commuter-only

 REGISTER
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $300 commuter only
Registration deadline: May 1  Extended to June 26

COVID-19 Update: All information is subject to change given the ongoing/evolving pandemic. We also must adhere to University as well as state/local guidelines and directives.  This includes the recent re-opening plan by the Governor that limits day camps to in-state residents only. 

What is the Commuter-only String Scholars Camp?

  • Same great faculty, including Prof. Clark, same high-quality experience.
  • Commuter-only camp is available only to residents of Indiana, per the most recent Governor’s re-opening plan. 
  • No dorm or dining services will be available (per University directive).
  • Participants will arrive between 8:30am-9:30am (staggered arrival) and depart between 5:15-5:45pm EST.
  • Camp will run from Monday through Friday. No evening rehearsals or activities. 
  • There will not be in-person placement auditions on the Sunday prior to camp.  Instead, campers will submit a short video (2-3 minutes) for the placement audition by July 6.  More information about this will be provided to registered campers after June 10.
  • If allowed, there will be an in-person performance on Friday at 12:30. (Depends on Mayor’s directive regarding theatre re-openings.) If not allowed, we will investigate a virtual performance.  
  • On Friday, camp will end following the performance.
  • Because dining services are not available, we cannot provide lunch.  Participants must bring their own lunch.  

We will operate under the following parameters/guidelines, in order to prioritize the health and safety of all participants.  We will operate under any additional guidelines that the University or state/local government puts into place for July.

  • Class Size:  limited to classroom capacity (which will be based on 6-feet social distancing). 
  • Curriculum changes:  Essentially none. We will still have orchestra, sectionals, technique/practice, and elective classes. Every class will observe 6-feet social distancing, including the orchestra rehearsal.  One person per music stand.
  • Cleaning: Daily cleaning of the classrooms/theatre, per guidelines of CDC/university.  Additional sanitizing stations.
  • COVID waiver: Parent required to sign additional waiver that says University cannot fully guarantee that participant will not be exposed to COVID-19.  
  • Masks:  Participants and faculty required to wear masks at all times (except when eating lunch).
  • Enter/Exit procedure:  Curbside drop-off near building entrance.  BCAS staff will be on front steps to verify participant is wearing mask and collect forms.  Participant will bring daily statement/form that parent has signed, affirming that temperature is normal, no symptoms, etc.  BCAS staff will direct participant to classroom (one person at a time).  Staggered dismissal for curbside pick-up.
  • Lunch:  Everyone brings their own lunch. Eat in lobby (or outside), with distancing.
  • Restrooms: Usage will be staggered and limited.
  • Illness/Injury:  For any injury or illness, the parent will be called to come get the participant. If necessary, participant will be isolated until the parent arrives. BCAS staff can do minor first aid (as always), but nothing beyond basic first aid.  Rare exception – for emergencies, BCAS staff will take appropriate action to address the health and safety of the participant.
  • Final performance:  TBD.

This camp is open to students ages 12–18 (campers who are 18 and have not yet matriculated at a college are eligible to attend camp). No audition is required; all levels are welcome, although it is required that participants have at least one year of prior study on their instrument (violin, viola, cello, upright bass). Campers must provide their own instrument.

The String Scholars camp features: daily orchestra rehearsals and finale concert (TBD) with Richard Auldon Clark, conductor of the Butler Symphony Orchestra; daily sectionals and technique class with Butler faculty and music majors; other typical college music classes such as music theory and electives. Additional classes typically include drumming, dance, and keyboard. Special sessions may be held on topics of college readiness and access, including how to prepare for an audition, choosing a major or college, financial aid, career paths in music, and more.

Commuter campers check into camp from 8:30–9:30 AM Monday and attend camp from 9:00 AM–5:30 PM each day. Camper information packets containing additional scheduling information, what to bring, and where to report will be emailed to all participants approximately one week prior to camp. Early drop-off is also available. 

Registration form and full tuition due by June 26. Payment plans available. Payment can be made online by selecting "Make a Payment" on the BCAS homepage. All refund requests must be submitted via email to BCAS@butler.edu. No refunds will be issued after June 1. Late applications may be accepted on the basis of available space.

 

Need-based scholarships are available for ages 18 and under; you may apply for scholarship on the camp registration form OR complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or 317-940-5500 with any questions.

Soundscape Camp ONLINE: Create Your Own Music (Ages 9–13)

Ages 9–13

2020 Soundscape Camp ONLINE: Create Your Own Music  JUNE 22-26 OR JULY 6-10 OR July 13-17 (Monday-Friday) 

The June session and July 6-10 session of Soundscape Camp have now reached capacity. Students are welcome to register for the July 13-17 session. Please email BCAS@butler.edu with any questions. 

 REGISTER 

Tuition: $100

Registration deadline: June 15

Soundscape Camp is a NEW VIRTUAL camp designed for students who are interested in creating their own music. Students will learn how to use the Soundtrap for Education application to create musical scenes and explore how music enhances the storytelling process. Participants will create both individual and collaborative audio files that they can proudly share with family and friends. No prior music experience necessary.  All levels of musical proficiency accepted

Students will 

  • Foster creativity through compositional storytelling 
  • Arrange sounds to tell a story (imagine a fight scene in Star Wars) 
  • Learn how to use Soundtrap programming (similar to Garageband) 
  • Learn about musical terms and ideas: form, sections of a piece, instruments, timbre, etc. 
  • Create an audio file (example)

Each morning, students will participate in an hour long interactive group lesson. Students will then create unique works each day in their own time. Participants will also receive a daily private 30 minute lesson focusing on creativity, self expression, and the application of learned skills. Activities will include a collaborative project as well as individual compositions. At the end of camp, student work will be featured in a virtual composers’ showcase. 

Requirements

  • Computer or tablet
  • Headphones or earbuds  
  • Reliable internet (1.5 mbps min.)
  • Approximately 2 hours for camp activities per day 

Registration form and tuition due by June 15. Payment plans available. Payment can be made online by selecting "Make a Payment" on the BCAS homepage. All refund requests must be submitted via email to BCAS@butler.edu. No refunds will be issued after June 15. Late applications may be accepted on the basis of available space. 

Need-based scholarships are available for ages 18 and under; you may apply for scholarship on the camp registration form OR complete the separate Scholarship Application Form. Contact BCAS@butler.edu or 317-940-5500 with any questions.

 

Theatre Camp ONLINE! (Rising grades 7th-12th)

Rising grades 7th–12th

2020 Theatre Camp ONLINE: June 15–19  (Mon-Fri, 9:30 AM--12:30 PM) 

 

  REGISTER   We are now past the June 1 deadline. We will accept late registrations as space allows. Please inquire at BCAS@butler.edu. 

Tuition: $100 
Registration deadline: May 1 Extended to June 1

Theatre Camp is open to students in rising grades 7–12. No prior experience necessary.

This camp has been moved online due to the current situation surrounding COVID-19. We are disappointed that we are unable to offer an on-campus experience this summer. However, the camp faculty are excited to work with students via this NEW online offering! 

Join Butler Theatre Camp teacher Mary Hynes for a half-day of enriching theatre work. Butler Theatre chair Diane Timmerman will open and close each day with warm-ups and special guests. Mary will teach improvisation and acting -- learn fun improv skills in the first hour and valuable acting techniques in the second hour. All on Zoom in your own home!

Students will need: laptop, desktop, or tablet to participate via Zoom (free application), reliable internet (1.5 mbps min.).

Registration form and $50 non-refundable deposit due by June 1; remaining tuition is due in full by June 1.  Payment plans available. Payment can be made online by selecting "Make a Payment" on the BCAS homepage. All refund requests must be submitted via email to BCAS@butler.edu. No refunds will be issued after June 1. Space is limited, register now. Late applications may be accepted on the basis of available space.

Need-based scholarships are available for ages 18 and under; you may apply for scholarship on the camp registration form OR complete the separate Scholarship Application Form

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or 317-940-5500 with any questions.

Woodwind Camp (Ages 12-18) POSTPONED TO 2021

Ages 12–18 

2020 Woodwind Camp: June 14–18  Canceled for 2020 due to COVID-19. We hope to see you in 2021!
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $350 commuter (includes lunch daily); $595 residential (14 and up) (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)
Registration deadline: May 1 

The Butler Woodwind Camp (for bassoon, clarinet, flute, oboe, and saxophone) will feature private, instrument-specific instruction as well as group instruction with Butler University woodwind faculty and students. Campers will also have the opportunity to participate in a woodwind ensembles as well as chamber music groups. This camp is open to students ages 12–18 (campers who are 18 and have not yet matriculated at a college are eligible to attend camp) who have had at least one year of prior study on their instrument. All woodwind instruments are welcome: bassoon, clarinet, flute, oboe, and saxophone. If questions, please inquire at BCAS@butler.edu. No audition is required; all levels are welcome. Featured faculty will include: Doug Spaniol (bassoon); Pam Ajango (oboe); Karen Moratz (flute); Heidi Radtke (saxophone); Michele Gingras (clarinet); Trina Gross (clarinet). Campers must provide their own instrument.

Housing is provided in Butler University's Irvington House, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is 7:00–9:00 PM on Sunday evening; check-out is before or after the recital on Thursday. It is generally recommended that younger students attend as commuter students. Commuter campers check into camp at 8:30 AM Monday and attend camp from 9:00 AM–5:30 PM each day. Camper information packets containing additional scheduling information, what to bring, and where to report will be emailed to all participants approximately two weeks prior to camp. 

Registration form and $50 non-refundable deposit due by May 1; remaining tuition is due in full by May 15 (residential campers) or June 1 (commuter campers).  Payment plans available. Payment can be made online by selecting "Make a Payment" on the BCAS homepage. All refund requests must be submitted via email to BCAS@butler.edu. No refunds will be issued after June 1. Late applications may be accepted on the basis of available space.

 

Tentative Schedule:

Sunday, 7:00–9:00 PM: Residential campers check in.

Monday, 8:30 AM: Commuter campers check in.

Monday–Wednesday, 9:00 AM–5:30 PM: ALL campers follow daily schedule of private lessons, ensemble classes, and elective classes. Lunch included for commuter campers. For residential campers, there will be supervised evening activities; three meals per day included in tuition.

Thursday, 9:00 AM–end of camp recital: Final recital, 7:00 PM at Schrott Center for the Arts. Camp ends at the conclusion of the recital. Dorm check-out is immediately after the recital.

 

Featured Faculty:

Doug Spaniol (bassoon); Michele Gingras (clarinet); Pam Ajango (oboe); Karen Moratz (flute); Heidi Radtke (saxophone); Trina Gross (clarinet)

 

Need-based scholarships are available for ages 18 and under. You may apply for scholarship on the registration form or complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or 317-940-5500 with any questions.

Workshop, Cholewa-Ruffo

Ages 18+ | Professional level only 

2020 Cholewa-Ruffo Workshop | August 10-22

Tuition | $500

***A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of applying***

***Tuition due in full by August 1***

Application Deadline | July 1

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COVID-19 Update: At this time, all summer programs are as scheduled. If the workshop is cancelled due to COVID-19, all deposits and tuition payments will be refunded. Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, all information is subject to change. Contact us with any questions at BCAS@butler.edu

Join Butler dance faculty Marek Cholewa and Rosanna Ruffo for a professional ballet workshop based on the Vaganova System. This two-week workshop will have a classical ballet focus including: ballet, pointe, variations, men’s allegro, and pas de deux. The Cholewa-Ruffo Ballet Workshop will conclude with a final performance on Saturday, August 24. Classes will be held Monday through Saturday. 

Please note: 

  • A video audition of classical variation may be requested by the artistic director upon receiving your application.
  • Housing and meals are NOT included in the tuition and are NOT provided by the Workshop. Participants must make their own arrangements. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

The Cholewa-Ruffo Workshop is a professional-level intensive that is rigorous and repertoire-focused. It is designed for rising sophomores (ages 18+) and above. 

After the application deadline (July 1), rising first-yearr college students may contact the Artistic Director for consideration; however, exceptions will rarely be made and only if there is availabale space. Rising first-year college students are encouraged to attend the Ballet Summer Intensive

REFUND/WITHDRAWAL POLICY
No refunds will be issued after August 1, 2020. If an injury prevents participation prior to August 1, a request in writing for a refund (minus the $50 non-refundable deposit) should be emailed to BCAS@butler.edu. A doctor's note must be provided.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or 317-940-5500 with any questions regarding registration. For questions regarding Workshop curriculum, please contact artistic director, Marek Cholewa at mcholewa@butler.edu OR 317-940-9664.