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Butler Community Arts School
Butler Community Arts School

Summer Camps

COVID-19 Update: 2021 dates are listed below. Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, all information is subject to change. If camp is cancelled due to COVID-19, you will receive a full refund. COVID-19 health and safety procedures will be required throughout the course of the summer. Including, but not limited to, masks, social distancing, and daily health screens. Specific camps may have additional requirements. All campers are expected to follow camp health and safety procedures at all times. COVID-19 procedures are subject to change. We are continuing to listen to directives from the State of Indiana, Marion County, Butler University, and the CDC. 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

Ages 18 and older

2021 Adult Jazz Workshop: POSTPONED TO 2022
Lilly Hall at Butler University

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

Audition Date: TBD  (audition requirements below)

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

Big Band rehearsals (6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.): TBD
Family concert at Butler: TBD
Performance at the Jazz Kitchen: TBD

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)
  • 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)

Ages 7–11

2021 Arts Camp: July 5-9 (Monday–Friday, 1:30–5:00 PM) Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.

 REGISTER
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $195
Registration deadline: May 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 T-shirt and all materials.

Registration form, $50 non-refundable deposit, and remaining tuition are due in full by May 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 May 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.

COVID-19 Update: Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, all information is subject to change. If camp is cancelled due to COVID-19, you will receive a full refund. COVID-19 health and safety procedures will be required throughout the course of the summer. Including, but not limited to, masks, social distancing, and daily health screens. Specific camps may have additional requirements. All campers are expected to follow camp health and safety procedures at all times. COVID-19 procedures are subject to change. We are continuing to listen to directives from the State of Indiana, Marion County, Butler University, and the CDC.

Ballet Summer Intensive (Ages 13-18)

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

2021 Ballet Summer Intensive: July 5–31 

 APPLY

  2021 Information Packet

Application Deadline | March 1, 2021 We are still accepting applications until April 1. If we reach capacity before April 1, we will offer the option to be added to wait list.

***A $50 non-refundable application fee is required at the time of application***

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

Tuition 

  • Residential tuition: $4,400
  • Commuter tuition: $3,400
  • Online tuition: $350 per week

*2021 Intensive Information Subject to Change

COVID-19 Update

  • Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change. 
  • Participants agree to abide by all public health guidelines that may be in effect during summer 2021, including directives by local/state government, Butler University, CDC and American Camp Association.
  • It is unknown at this time what protocols (including testing) will be required for summer 2021 participation. 
  • It is unknown at this time if we will be able to move forward with residential participation. 
  • We are currently offering three options for Intensive participation: Residential, Commuter, Online. 
  • While there are many unknowns in this ever-changing landscape, we are confident that we can provide a safe and educational experience for our participants. 

 

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 page for general details.

What do I need to know about the Residential Intensive?

It is unknown at this time if we are able to move forward with the residential option. Because of this, we ask that applicants selecting the residential option only pay $3,400 (equivalent to commuter tuition) prior to the April 1 payment deadline. The remaining $1,000 will be billed once the residential option can be confirmed. You may choose to pay an additional fee ($925) for a private room.

If we are unable to move forward with the residential option, then you may choose to 1.) switch to commuter status (and make your own housing arrangements if needed), 2.) switch to online status and receive refund of difference, or 3.) withdraw entirely and receive a full tuition refund. 

Residential students have the option of attending for the full four weeks, the first three weeks, the last three weeks, first two weeks, or the last two weeks. Tuition is prorated for these options. 

What do I need to know about the Commuter Intensive? 

Commuter students have the option of attending for the full four weeks, the first three weeks, the last three weeks, first two weeks, or the last two weeks. Tuition is prorated for these options. Tuition is due in full prior to April 1. 

What do I need to know about the Online Intensive?

Spots are limited, we encourage you to apply early. Participants for the Online Intensive will attend via zoom between 9:00-5:30 EST daily (Monday through Saturday). Online participants will observe and participate in classes from home, and hear 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 Intensive faculty.  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 the scheduled coaching session.
  • Faculty review: Prior to the coaching, the faculty will review the video of the participant’s recording. 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. Students may add additional weeks as they participate (e.g. a student may register for week #1, and then add week #2). Requests/payment to add additional weeks must be completed by end of business on Thursday of the already-enrolled week.
  • 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.

 

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 commuter and online students; residential students must pay $3,400 (equivalent to commuter tuition) prior to the April 1 payment deadline. The remaining $1,000 will be billed once the residential option can be confirmed. 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 non-refundable application fee). There will be no refunds issued after April 1; exception in the case of the Intensive being cancelled due to COVID-19. 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). Documentation from a physician is required. 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) (Ages 12-21)

Ages 12–21
2021 Bass Camp: June 13–18 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM--5:30 PM) Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.

 REGISTER
Tuition: $350 commuter (includes lunch daily); $650 residential (14 and up) (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)

Registration deadline: May 1    

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. 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.

Registration form, $50 non-refundable deposit, and remaining tuition are due in full by May 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 May 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 a scholarship on the camp registration form OR complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.

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

COVID-19 Update: Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, all information is subject to change. If camp is cancelled due to COVID-19, you will receive a full refund. COVID-19 health and safety procedures will be required throughout the course of the summer. Including, but not limited to, masks, social distancing, and daily health screens. Specific camps may have additional requirements. All campers are expected to follow camp health and safety procedures at all times. COVID-19 procedures are subject to change. We are continuing to listen to directives from the State of Indiana, Marion County, Butler University, and the CDC.

Guitar Camp (Ages 7-11)

Ages 7–11

2021 Guitar Camp: June 21–25 (Monday–Friday; 9:00 AM–noon)  Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.

 REGISTER
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 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, $50 non-refundable deposit, and remaining tuition are due in full by May 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 May 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.

COVID-19 Update: Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, all information is subject to change. If camp is cancelled due to COVID-19, you will receive a full refund. COVID-19 health and safety procedures will be required throughout the course of the summer. Including, but not limited to, masks, social distancing, and daily health screens. Specific camps may have additional requirements. All campers are expected to follow camp health and safety procedures at all times. COVID-19 procedures are subject to change. We are continuing to listen to directives from the State of Indiana, Marion County, Butler University, and the CDC.

Jazz Camp (Ages 12-18)

Ages 12–18 | Vocal Jazz track for ages 14–18 or rising grades 9-12

2021 Jazz Camp: July 11–16 (Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM--5:00 PM) Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.

 REGISTER

  2021 Information Packet
Tuition: $375 commuter (includes lunch daily); $725 residential (14 and up) (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)
Registration deadline: May 1  

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. A placement audition and at least one year of prior study on your instrument is required. 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 June 27

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. Medium tempo. If you don't know blues, any walking line or bass line you've been working on will do. 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. 

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Vocal Jazz Track:

The Vocal Jazz Track is open to ages 14–18 or rising grades 9-12 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, $50 non-refundable deposit, and remaining tuition are due in full by May 1. Payment plans available. All refund requests must be submitted via email to BCAS@butler.edu. No refunds will be issued after May 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.

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.

 

COVID-19 Update: Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, all information is subject to change. If camp is cancelled due to COVID-19, you will receive a full refund. COVID-19 health and safety procedures will be required throughout the course of the summer. Including, but not limited to, masks, social distancing, and daily health screens. Specific camps may have additional requirements. All campers are expected to follow camp health and safety procedures at all times. COVID-19 procedures are subject to change. We are continuing to listen to directives from the State of Indiana, Marion County, Butler University, and the CDC.

Percussion Camp (Ages 12-18)

Ages 12–18
2021 Percussion Camp: June 6–10 (Monday–Thursday, 9:00 AM--5:30 PM) Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.

 REGISTER
Tuition: $350 commuter (includes lunch daily); $595 residential (14 and up) (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)
Registration deadline: May 1   

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. Participants are required to 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.

Registration form, $50 non-refundable deposit, and remaining tuition are due in full by May 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 May 1. Space is limited, register early.  Late applications may be accepted if space available.

 

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

 

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

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

COVID-19 Update: Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, all information is subject to change. If camp is cancelled due to COVID-19, you will receive a full refund. COVID-19 health and safety procedures will be required throughout the course of the summer. Including, but not limited to, masks, social distancing, and daily health screens. Specific camps may have additional requirements. All campers are expected to follow camp health and safety procedures at all times. COVID-19 procedures are subject to change. We are continuing to listen to directives from the State of Indiana, Marion County, Butler University, and the CDC.

Piano Scholars Camp (Ages 12-18)

Ages 12–18
2021 Piano Scholars Camp: June 13–18 (Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM--5:30 PM)  Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.

 REGISTER
Tuition: $350 commuter (includes lunch daily); $650 residential (14 and up) (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)
Registration deadline: May 1   

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.

Registration form, $50 non-refundable deposit, and remaining tuition are due in full by May 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 May 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.

COVID-19 Update: Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, all information is subject to change. If camp is cancelled due to COVID-19, you will receive a full refund. COVID-19 health and safety procedures will be required throughout the course of the summer. Including, but not limited to, masks, social distancing, and daily health screens. Specific camps may have additional requirements. All campers are expected to follow camp health and safety procedures at all times. COVID-19 procedures are subject to change. We are continuing to listen to directives from the State of Indiana, Marion County, Butler University, and the CDC.

Piano Camp (Ages 7–11)

Ages 7–11

2021 Piano Camp: July 5–9 (Monday–Friday; 9:00 AM–12:30 PM) Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.

 REGISTER
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $195
Registration deadline: May 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 aT-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, $50 non-refundable deposit, and remaining tuition are due in full by May 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 May 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.

COVID-19 Update: Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, all information is subject to change. If camp is cancelled due to COVID-19, you will receive a full refund. COVID-19 health and safety procedures will be required throughout the course of the summer. Including, but not limited to, masks, social distancing, and daily health screens. Specific camps may have additional requirements. All campers are expected to follow camp health and safety procedures at all times. COVID-19 procedures are subject to change. We are continuing to listen to directives from the State of Indiana, Marion County, Butler University, and the CDC.

Strings Camp (Ages 7–11)

Ages 7–11

2021 Strings Camp: July 5–9 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–12:30 PM) Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.

 REGISTER
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $195
Registration deadline: May 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 a 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, $50 non-refundable deposit, and remaining tuition are due in full by May 1. Payment plans available. All refund requests must be submitted via email to BCAS@butler.edu. No refunds will be issued after May 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.

COVID-19 Update: Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, all information is subject to change. If camp is cancelled due to COVID-19, you will receive a full refund. COVID-19 health and safety procedures will be required throughout the course of the summer. Including, but not limited to, masks, social distancing, and daily health screens. Specific camps may have additional requirements. All campers are expected to follow camp health and safety procedures at all times. COVID-19 procedures are subject to change. We are continuing to listen to directives from the State of Indiana, Marion County, Butler University, and the CDC.

String Scholars Camp (Ages 12-18)

Ages 12–18

2021 String Scholars Camp: June 20-25 (Monday thru Friday, 9:00-5:30) Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.

 REGISTER
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  

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 for admittance; 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. 12 and 13 year olds should consider if they are ready for an immersive camp experience. 

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 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.

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. 

Placement Audition | Due by June 1 

Students must submit a 1-2 minute video or audio recording of themselves playing a favorite song and/or scales. Send to BCAS@butler.edu. 

Registration form, $50 non-refundable deposit, and remaining tuition are due in full by May 1. Payment plans available. 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 May 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.

COVID-19 Update: Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, all information is subject to change. If camp is cancelled due to COVID-19, you will receive a full refund. COVID-19 health and safety procedures will be required throughout the course of the summer. Including, but not limited to, masks, social distancing, and daily health screens. Specific camps may have additional requirements. All campers are expected to follow camp health and safety procedures at all times. COVID-19 procedures are subject to change. We are continuing to listen to directives from the State of Indiana, Marion County, Butler University, and the CDC.

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

Ages 9–13

2021 Soundscape Camp ONLINE: Create Your Own Music  JUNE 21-25 (Monday-Friday) Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.

  REGISTER

Tuition: $100

Registration deadline: May 1   

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 (10a-11a EST). 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 May 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 May 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.

 

Theatre Camp (Rising grades 7th-12th)

Rising grades 7th–12th

Theatre Camp:  (Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM--5:30 PM)  POSTPONED TO 2022
Tuition: $375 commuter (includes lunch daily); $725 residential (14 and up) (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)
Registration deadline: May 1   

Theatre Camp is open to students in rising grades 7–12. 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 Irvington House, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is 7:00–9:00 PM 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 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, $50 non-refundable deposit, and remaining tuition are due in full by May 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 May 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)

Ages 12–18 

2021 Woodwind Camp: June 13–17  (Mon-Thurs, 9:00 AM--5:30 PM) Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.

  REGISTER
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $350 commuter (includes lunch daily); $595 residential (14 and up) (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day); $150 online
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 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  and Becky Arrensen (flute); Heidi Radtke (saxophone); Michele Gingras and Trina Gross (clarinet). Campers must provide their own instrument.

PLACEMENT AUDITION | Due by June 7th

  • 1-2 minutes including your favorite piece and one scale of your choice
  • Email placement audition to BCAS@butler.edu 
  • Video, audio file, or link to YouTube, Google Drive or another sharing platform are all acceptable methods (using your phone is just fine!)

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. 

Online Option The online option has been cancelled due to low enrollment. We hope you can join us in person!

Students may choose to participate in the online version of this camp as opposed to coming to campus. Tuition is $150 and includes daily group instruction in theory, chamber projects, and clinics/workshops. The online version of this camp will occur Mon-Friday for approximately 3 hours between 10am and 5pm EST. Optional private lessons with faculty are available for an additional $25 each (up to four possible). Schedule and invoice for private lessons will be communicated approx. one week before camp. Meeting Platform: Zoom. Students will need a laptop, desktop, or tablet, and reliable internet (1.5 mbps min.) to participate via Zoom (free application). 

 

Registration form, $50 non-refundable deposit, and remaining tuition are due in full by May 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 May 1. Late applications may be accepted on the basis of available space.

Safety will be a paramount concern in summer 2021. Any in-person instruction will include safety measures such as the use of instrument-specific masks, bell covers, and social distancing. They may also include moving activities outdoors (weather permitting), alterations to the teaching schedule, and reducing or eliminating activities like larger ensembles. Decisions will be based upon the state of the pandemic, vaccination rates, and requirements and recommendations from government agencies and other experts. Some or all of the camp may be moved online, depending on instrument. Final decisions will be made by May 1 and communicated to registrants and posted on this webpage. If questions, please inquire at BCAS@butler.edu

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 andTrina Gross (clarinet); Pam Ajango (oboe); Karen Moratz & Becky Arrensen(flute); Heidi Radtke (saxophone)

 

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.

COVID-19 Update: Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, all information is subject to change. If camp is cancelled due to COVID-19, you will receive a full refund. COVID-19 health and safety procedures will be required throughout the course of the summer. Including, but not limited to, masks, social distancing, and daily health screens. Specific camps may have additional requirements. All campers are expected to follow camp health and safety procedures at all times. COVID-19 procedures are subject to change. We are continuing to listen to directives from the State of Indiana, Marion County, Butler University, and the CDC.

Workshop, Cholewa-Ruffo

Ages 18+ | Professional level only 

2021 Cholewa-Ruffo Workshop | August 9-21

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 21. 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-year 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.