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Butler Community Arts School
Butler Community Arts School

Summer Camps

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 Big-Band Workshop

Ages 18 and older

2019 Workshop: June 2-7
Lilly Hall at Butler University

Tuition: $250; optional Improvisation class available from 4:00-5:50 p.m. for $100
Registration: March 1

Audition Deadline: March 1 (audition requirements below)

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Big Band rehearsals: June 2-5
Family concert at Butler: June 6
Performance at the Jazz Kitchen: June 7 

This workshop provides the opportunity for adults with intermediate to advanced skills on their instrument to participate in a true big-band learning experience under the direction of a professional staff, including Mark Buselli, Matt Pivec, and Freddie Mendoza. Performance charts will be selected from those typical of Basie, Miller, Nestico, Ellington, Kenton, and Holman. Bands will consist of saxophones, trombones, ​trumpets, piano, bass, guitar and drums.  

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 comfortably execute standard big-band repertoire. Must be able to read music.

Jamey Aebersold Guest Artist > Jamey Aebersold   

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. Registration form and audition are due by March 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 to assemble bands. 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 p.m. (Sunday-Wednesday), prior to the big-band rehearsals at 6:00 p.m. Classes are subject to change. Limited class size. Class fee is $100.

  • 4:00-5:50 p.m: 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

Applicants must submit a short audio file or video audition to BCAS@butler.edu by March 1, 2019. A video recording on your phone is acceptable. If desired, applicants may schedule an appointment to come to Butler University to have their audition recorded. Appointments available between 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on weekdays. Please email BCAS@butler.edu to schedule an appointment. 

The audition should include: 

  • Required audition excerpt (coming soon!)
  • Concert Bb, Eb, & 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 

After the March 1 deadline, directors will evaluate all recordings and select membership for each of the two big bands. All chairs will be one player per part. Participants must be able to accurately perform standard big band repertoire, and be willing to practice their parts in advance of the camp week. Improvisation class placement will be determined by your video recording. 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)

Ages 7-11

2019 Arts Camp: July 15-19 (Monday - Friday, 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.)

1:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $175
Registration deadline: May 1  

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

*Provisions for after-camp care are not available, all campers should be picked up at 5:o0 p.m. 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 (students must be 13 years old by July 5)

2019 Butler Ballet Intensive: July 5–31 

Tuition | $4,300 residential (includes room and board, 3 meals a day); $3,300 commuter (includes daily lunch)
***A $50 non-refundable application fee is required at the time of applying***

***Tuition due in full by April 1***

Application Deadline | March 1, 2019

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

*2019 Intensive Information Subject to Change

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Join Butler dance faculty, under the artistic direction of Marek Cholewa, for our new 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 pas de deux, character, modern, jazz, and repertoire. It will conclude with a final performance in the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts on the last Saturday of the Intensive. 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. Video auditions may be requested in addition to a completed application form. Applicants will receive this request via email after submitting the application form. Video auditions should consist of one classical variation (ladies en pointe). Details regarding video submission are available on the application form. 

Housing is provided in Butler University's ResCo dorm, which is air-conditioned. 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). There will be no refunds issued after April 1. EXCEPTION: In the case of injury that prevents 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.

Example Schedule from 2018

  • Sunday, July 1: 
    12:00 PM: Dorm check-in; Lunch on own
    2:00  PM: All report to Lilly Hall; Commuters check-in at Lilly Hall
    2:30  PM-5:30 PM: Placement classes and campus tour
    5:30  PM: Dinner 
  • Monday-Saturday; 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m: All participants follow daily schedule of classes. Commuters arrive by 8:45 a.m. Classes begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.
  • Saturday July 28th Performance
    11:00 AM: Performance (approximately 90 minute run-time) at Schrott Center for the Arts
    12:30 PM: Dorm check-out/departure

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)

Ages 12-21
2019 Bass Camp: June 9-14 
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $295 commuter (includes lunch daily); $595 residential (14 & up) (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)
Registration deadline: May 1 (or until camp is full)  

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No audition is required; all levels are welcome, although it is recommended that participants have at least one year of prior study on upright bass. A short placement audition may be held on the first day of camp.  Please be ready to play a one-to-three minute solo or etude. Campers should bring their own instrument for the entire camp.

Camp will include: daily stretching and movement; classes on bass technique; master classes; bass chamber ensembles; and private lesson(s) with camp faculty. Final concert will feature all campers.

Housing is provided in Butler University's ResCo dorm, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Sunday evening; check-out is Friday after the recital. It is generally recommended that younger students attend as commuters if this is their first camp experience. Commuter campers check into camp at 8:30 a.m. Monday and attend camp from 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 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 June 1 for all campers, both residential and commuter.  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 p.m: Residential campers check in.
  • Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Commuter campers check in.
  • Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.:  ALL campers follow daily schedule of classes. Lunch included for commuter campers. For residential campers, there will be supervised evening activities; three meals per day included in tuition. Optional evening concerts TBA.
  • Friday, 9:00 a.m.-Recital, 3:00 p.m. at Schrott Center for the Arts: ALL campers follow daily schedule. Camp ends at the conclusion of the recital.  Dorm check-out is immediately after the recital.

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.

 

Brass Camp

Ages 12-18

Brass Camp will not be held in 2019 - see you in 2020!
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $295 commuter (includes lunch daily); $545 residential (14 & up) (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)
Registration deadline: May 1 (or until camp is full) 

The Butler Brass Camp will feature daily private lessons and group instruction with Butler University brass faculty and students. In addition, campers will have the opportunity to participate in a brass choir 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. We welcome all brass instruments: euphonium (or baritone), horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba. If questions, please contact BCAS@butler.edu. No audition is required; all levels are welcome. Featured faculty will include: Gail Lewis, horn; Melissa Williams, low brass; additional faculty TBA. Campers must provide their own instrument.

Housing is provided in Butler University's ResCo dorm, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is 7:00-9:00 p.m. 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 a.m. Monday and attend camp from 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 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 June 1 for all campers, both residential and commuter. 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 p.m:  Residential campers check in.

Monday, 8:30 a.m: Commuter campers check in.

Monday-Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m:  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 a.m.-camp recital: Final recital, 7:00 p.m. at Schrott Center for the Arts. Camp ends at the conclusion of the recital. Dorm check-out is immediately after the recital.

 

Featured Faculty:

Brass Camp will feature Gail Lewis, associate professor, horn; Melissa Williams, instructor of tuba/low brass.

 

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.

Guitar Camp (Ages 7-11)

Ages 7-11

2018 Guitar Camp: June 24-28 (Monday-Friday; 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) 
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $175
Registration deadline: May 1 (or until camp is full)

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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 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 12:00 p.m. 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

10-YEAR CAMP ANNIVERSARY!

Ages 12-18; (NEW! Vocal Jazz track for ages 15-18)

2019 Jazz Camp: July 7-12
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $350 commuter (includes lunch daily); $695 residential (14 & up) (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)
Registration deadline: May 1 (or until camp is full) 

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In honor of our 10-year anniversary, we are thrilled to host artist-in-residence, José Encarnación

Jose Encarnacion

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 strongly recommended 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. A short theory placement test and placement audition will be held on the first day of camp (Sunday). 

During the placement audition, students will be asked to demonstrate the following:

  • A piece of your choice (jazz-style piece preferred but not required) 
  • Scales (except for drummers).  Students will be asked appropriate scales for their level.  Minimum requirements listed below:
    • Concert Bb major scale
    • Concert Eb major scale
    • Concert F major scale
    • Concert Bb blues scale
  • Improvisation on Bb blues progression (optional, but encouraged)
  • Sight reading
  • Bassists may be asked to demonstrate a bass line
  • Guitarists and pianists may be asked to demonstrate comping
  • Drummers will be asked to demonstrate several different types of grooves

Campers should provide their own instrument. Guitarists should bring 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. Sessions may include combo rehearsals, big-band rehearsals, jazz improvisation, jazz history, and instrument-specific master classes. The week culminates with a concert on Friday featuring all of the campers.

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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. A short placement audition will be held on the first day of camp (Sunday). 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. Led by Mrs. Erica Colter, 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. Possible performance with instrumental big band or combo.

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Housing is provided in Butler University's ResCo dorm, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is 4-5:30 p.m. on Sunday evening; check-out is Friday before or after the final concert.  It is generally recommended that younger students attend as commuters if this is their first camp experience.  Commuters check-in from 5-6 p.m. Sunday evening and attend camp from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. each day.  After check-in on Sunday, all campers, including commuters, should plan to attend sessions from 6-9 p.m. 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 June 1 for all campers, both residential and commuter. All refund requests must be submitted via email to BCAS@butler.edu. No refunds will be issued after June 1. 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.

Tentative Schedule

  • Sunday, 4:30-6:00 p.m.: Residential campers check into dorm
  • Sunday, 5:00-6:00 p.m.: Commuter campers check in
  • Sunday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.: ALL campers attend orientation, scheduling, placement, get aquainted activities and group ensemble sessions.  Pizza dinner will be served.
  • Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: ALL campers follow daily schedule of classes.  Lunch included for commuter campers.  For residential campers, there will be supervised evening activities; three meals/day included in tuition.
  • Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Campers attend scheduled camp sessions, final concert at 3:00 p.m at Schrott Center for the Arts. Dorm check-out is immediately after the final concert.

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.

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Percussion Camp

Ages 12-18
2019 Percussion Camp: June 9-13
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $295 commuter (includes lunch daily); $545 residential (14 & up) (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)
Registration deadline: May 1 (or until camp is full)

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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 recommended that participants have at least one year of prior study on snare drum. All students will receive instruction on snare, drum set, timpani, mallets, world percussion, steel drums, and concert percussion. A short placement audition may be held on the first day of camp.

Housing is provided in Butler University's ResCo dorm, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Sunday evening; check-out is after the recital on Thursday. It is generally recommended that younger campers attend as commuter students if this is their first camp experience. Commuter campers check into camp at 8:30 a.m. Monday and attend camp from 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 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 June 1 for all campers, both residential and commuter. 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. Late applications may be accepted on the basis of available space.

Tentative Schedule

  • Sunday, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m: Residential campers check in.
  • Monday, 8:30 a.m: Commuter campers check in.
  • Monday-Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m: ALL campers follow daily schedule of 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 a.m.-7:00 p.m: ALL campers follow daily schedule, PLUS stay for dinner (no additional charge). Finale recital begins at 7:00 p.m. at Schrott Center for the Arts.  Camp ends at the conclusion of the recital. Dorm check-out is immediately after the final recital.

Featured Faculty
Butler University Percussion Artist-in-Residence Jon Crabiel; Jeff Queen, International Snare Drumming World Champion, national clinician and author, soloist in Blast! On Broadway; and Matt McGraw, drum set and Latin percussionist.

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

Ages 12-18
2019 Piano Scholars Camp: June 16-21
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $295 commuter (includes lunch daily); $595 residential (14 & up) (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)
Registration deadline: May 1 (or until camp is full)

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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. All students receive daily private lessons and master classes. Other sessions include theory, ensemble, music history, sight playing, and guest speakers and performers. Optional classes may include dance, improvisation, composition, and steel drum ensemble.

Housing is provided in Butler University's ResCo dorm, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is 7-9 p.m. on Sunday evening; check-out is before or after the recital on Friday. It is generally recommended that younger students attend as commuter students. Commuter campers check into camp at 8:30 a.m. Monday and attend camp from 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 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 June 1 for all campers, both residential and commuter.  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 p.m-9:00 p.m:  Residential campers check in.
  • Monday, 8:30 a.m: Commuter campers check in.
  • Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m:  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.
  • Friday, 9:00 a.m.-end of camp recital: Final recital begins at 2:00 p.m at Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall. Camp ends at the conclusion of the recital. Dorm check-out is immediately after the recital.

Camp Facebook Page

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)

Ages 7-11

2019 Piano Camp: July 15-19 (Monday-Friday; 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $175
Registration deadline: May 1 (or until camp is full)

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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 p.m. during the week of Piano Camp 2. 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 12:30-1:30pm 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 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 a.m: Camp check-in
  • Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m: Campers follow daily camp schedule*
  • Friday, 12:00 p.m: Informal camper concert at Lilly Hall, Rm 112*

Piano Camp Facebook Page

*Provisions for after-camp care are not available; all campers should be picked up at 12:30 p.m. 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.

Snare and Tenor Camp

Ages 12-21

2019 Snare and Tenor Camp: June 14-15
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $245 commuter (includes dinner Friday, lunch and dinner Saturday); $345 residential (14 & up) (includes dorm stay, dinner Friday, 3 meals on Saturday, breakfast Sunday)
Registration deadline: May 1 (or until camp is full)

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This camp is open to students ages 12-21.

No audition is required; all levels are welcome. It is recommended that participants have at least two years of prior study on snare drum; prior marching percussion experience is helpful. This drum-corps-style camp weekend will feature one-on-one and group instruction for snares and quads with Jeff Queen and Bill Bachman. If possible, campers may bring their own snare or quads. All students should bring their own ear protection.

You will leave camp with:

  • A complete selection of custom tailored exercises to improve general and specific areas of your playing.
  • Strategies on exactly HOW to practice in order to improve at the fastest rate possible.
  • Development of a clear plan that will help you in achieving your next level of playing.

Learn more on the camp's Facebook page

Housing for the Snare and Tenor Camp is provided in Butler University's ResCo dorm, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is 4:30 p.m. on Friday; check-out is noon on Sunday. It is generally recommended that younger students attend as commuters if this is their first camp experience. Commuters participate in all sessions, but are picked up at 9 p.m. each evening. Commuter tuition includes dinner on Friday and both lunch and dinner on Saturday. Residential tuition includes dinner on Friday, three meals on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. 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 June 1 for all campers, both residential and commuter.  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

Friday, 4:30-6:00 p.m: Residential campers check into dorm
Friday, 5:00-6:00 p.m: Commuter campers check in
Friday, 6:00-9:00 p.m: Camp activities begin (including dinnr)
Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m: ALL campers follow camp schedule
Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-end of informal camp concert (11:00 a.m. at Lilly Hall Room 112): ALL campers follow camp schedule, informal concert at 11:00 a.m.

Featured Faculty

  • Jeff Queen: international snare drum champion; original cast member of BLAST!; and worldwide clinician, author and educator.
  • Bill Bachman: international clinician, author, and tenor drumming guru.

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)

Ages 7-11

2019 Strings Camp: July 15-19 (Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $175
Registration deadline: May 1 (or until camp is full)

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Butler strings camp for ages 7-11 is designed for students with prior strings study (violin, viola, cello, upright bass). It is recommended that students have at least one year of prior 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, orchestra, 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 p.m. 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 p.m. 

Registration form and $50 non-refundable deposit due by May 1; remaining tuition is due in full by June 1. 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. View Strings Camp information packet.

Tentative Schedule

  • Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Camp check-in
  • Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Campers follow daily schedule*
  • Friday, 12:00 p.m: 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 p.m. 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

2019 String Scholars Camp: June 16-20
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $295 commuter (includes lunch daily); $545 residential (14 & up) (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)
Registration deadline: May 1  (or until camp is full)

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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 recommended that participants have at least one year of prior study on their instrument (violin, viola, cello, upright bass). A short placement audition will be held on the first day of camp (Sunday). We expect to have at least two orchestras, based on ability. Campers must provide their own instrument.

The String Scholars camp features: daily orchestra rehearsals and finale concert 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 will 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.

Housing is provided in Butler University's ResCo dorm, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is 4:00-5:30 p.m. on Sunday evening; check-out is Thursday evening after the recital. It is generally recommended that younger students attend as commuters if this is their first camp experience.  Commuter campers check into camp from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Sunday evening and attend camp from 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 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. Early drop-off is also available. On Sunday, all campers, including commuters, should plan to attend sessions from 6:00-9:00 p.m. 

Registration form and $50 non-refundable deposit due by May 1; remaining tuition is due in full by June 1 for all campers, both residential and commuter.  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, 4:30-6:00 p.m: Residential campers check into dorm
  • Sunday, 5:00-6:00 p.m: Commuter campers check in
  • Sunday, 6:00-9:00 p.m:  ALL campers attend for orientation, scheduling, placement, get-acquainted activities, and group ensemble sessions.
  • Monday and Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m: ALL campers follow daily schedule of classes.  Lunch included for commuter campers. For residential campers, there will be supervised evening activities; three meals per day included in tuition.
  • Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m: ALL campers follow daily schedule, PLUS stay for dinner (no additional charge) and evening rehearsal.
  • Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m: ALL campers follow daily schedule, PLUS stay for dinner (no additional charge). Finale recital begins at 7:00 p.m. at Schrott Center for the Arts. Camp ends at the conclusion of the recital. Dorm check-out is immediately before or after the recital.

A Typical Day (subject to change)

  • 8:00-9:00 a.m. Arrival and warm-up time
  • 9:00-9:50 a.m. Sectional
  • 10:00-10:50 a.m. Theory class
  • 11:00-11:50 a.m. Technique class
  • Noon-12:50 p.m. Lunch in Student Union
  • 1:00-1:50 p.m. Elective
  • 2:00-2:50 p.m. Special guests
  • 3:00-5:00 p.m. Orchestra
  • 5:00-5:30 p.m. Wrap-up
  • 5:30-6:00 p.m. Departure

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

Rising grades 7th-12th

2019 Theatre Camp: June 16-21
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $350 commuter (includes lunch daily); $695 residential (14 & up) (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)
Registration deadline: May 1 (or until camp is full) 

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Theatre Camp 1 is open to students in rising grades 7-12 (campers who are 18 and have not yet matriculated at a college are eligible to attend camp). No prior experience necessary.

Join Butler Department of Theatre faculty, staff, alumni, and students for a fun, hands-on camp that covers all aspects of theatre - acting, stage movement, voice for the actor, costume, scenic and lighting design, stage management, and playwriting/dramaturgy. No prior experience is necessary. Camp will include workshops in the college audition/application process.

Housing is provided in Butler University's ResCo dorm, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is 7:00-9:00 p.m. Sunday evening; check-out is after the Friday performance.  It is generally recommended that younger students attend as commuters if this is their first camp experience.  Commuter campers check into camp at 8:30 a.m. Monday and attend camp from 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 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 June 1 for all campers, both residential and commuter.  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 p.m: Residential campers check in.
  • Monday, 8:30 a.m: Commuter campers check in.
  • Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m: ALL campers follow daily schedule of classes. Lunch included for commuter campers. For residential campers, there will be supervised evening activities; three meals per day included in tuition. On Thursday evening an optional outting will be available for both residential campers and commuters. Specific details TBA. 
  • Friday, 3:00 p.m: Final camper performance at Lilly Hall Room 168 (time subject to change). Dorm check-out is immediately before or after the final performance.

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.

Voice Camp

Ages 15-18

Voice Camp will not be held in 2019 - see you in 2020!
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition:  $295 commuter (includes lunch daily), $595 residential (14 & up) (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)
Registration deadline: May 1 (or until camp is full)

 

Voice camp is open to ages 15-18 (campers who are 18 and have not yet matriculated into a college are eligible to attend camp). No audition is required, however, participants are expected to have at least one year of prior choral experience or vocal lessons. This camp is a great opportunity to work with Butler's voice faculty on solo performance skills, in preparation for college auditions, competitions, and personal growth as performers.

Voice Camp features:

  • Daily private voice lessons with Butler voice faculty
  • Master classes with Butler faculty
  • Diction lessons in English and Italian diction
  • Stage movement classes
  • Opportunities to perform in an opera scene or small ensemble
  • Performance on finale recital

Housing is provided in Butler University's ResCo dorm, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is 7:00-9:00 p.m. Sunday evening; check-out is before or after the Friday performance. It is generally recommended that younger students attend as commuters if this is their first camp experience. Commuter campers check into camp at 8:30 a.m. Monday and attend camp from 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 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 June 1 for all campers, both residential and commuter. 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. Late applications may be accepted on the basis of available space.

Tentative Schedule

  • Sunday, 7:00-9:00 p.m: Residential campers check in
  • Monday, 8:30 a.m.: Commuter campers check in
  • Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m: ALL campers follow daily camp schedule.  For residential campers, there will be supervised evening activities; three meals/day included in tuition.
  • Friday, 3:00 p.m: final camper concert at Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall; dorm check-out before or after final performance.

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 

2019 Woodwind Camp: July 21-25
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $295 commuter (includes lunch daily); $545 residential (14 & up) (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)
Registration deadline: May 1 (or until camp is full)

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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 ResCo dorm, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is 7:00-9:00 p.m. 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 a.m. Monday and attend camp from 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 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 June 1 for all campers, both residential and commuter. 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 p.m:  Residential campers check in.

Monday, 8:30 a.m: Commuter campers check in.

Monday-Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m:  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 a.m.-end of camp recital: Final recital, 7:00 p.m. 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); 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.