Summer Camps

2023 Summer Camp updates: 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.

Due to the ever-evolving situation with COVID-19, all information is subject to change. At this time, all campers will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the start of the camp. Butler faculty, staff, and students were required to be vaccinated in 2021. 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, the CDC, and the American Camp Association. Contact us with any questions at BCAS@butler.edu.

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.

August 7-11 (Monday–Friday, 6:00–9:00 PM)

Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $200
Registration deadline: July 1

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We are pleased to welcome any adult string musician (violin, viola, cello, bass) with at least one year’s experience on their instrument. We’ll explore the joys of chamber music, large ensemble playing as well as learn new practice techniques that we can apply to all of our music. This is the perfect way to end your summer!

Meet the Artistic Directors!

Shannon Crow

Shannon M. Crow is a graduate of Butler University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Ms. Crow has been teaching private violin and viola lessons for over 20 years, and has extensive experience teaching students from 4 years to 80 years of age. Currently she conducts Orchestra B and the Parent Orchestra of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, as well as teaches private lessons.  At the Butler Community Arts School, Shannon founded and directs the Adult Strings Ensembles, the Butler Children’s Orchestra, Butler Youth Orchestra and Butler Strings Camp, as well as teaches private violin and viola lessons. When not teaching private lessons, Ms. Crow has partnered with the VA in research and in supporting our veterans through music; and is an avid performer in local orchestras and for private events.

Abby WittAbby Witt currently serves as the Business Operations Manager and a Teaching Fellow for the Butler Community Arts School (BCAS) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to her work at Butler, she was a member of the Lexington Chamber Orchestra in Lexington, Kentucky and a strings teacher in the Friends in Music program of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra. As a cellist, she attended the Brevard Summer Music Festival in Brevard, North Carolina in the summers of 2016 and 2017, and attended the Vienna Summer Music Festival in Vienna, Austria in the summer of 2018. She was selected to perform in the collegiate cello master class at the 2016 American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has won several competitions in Kentucky, including the Eastern Kentucky University Symphony’s concerto competition. Abby obtained her Bachelors degree in Cello Performance from Eastern Kentucky University, a Masters degree in Cello Performance from Butler University, and an Associates degree in Business Management from Eastern Gateway Community College. In addition to her managerial duties at BCAS, she maintains a private cello studio and assists with the BCAS Adult Strings Ensembles. 

COVID-19 Information

  • 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 2023, including directives by local/state government, Butler University, CDC and American Camp Association.
  • At this time, all participants will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the start of the Intensive.
  • While there are many unknowns in this ever-changing landscape, we are confident that we will provide a safe and educational experience for our participants.

 

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

Need-based tuition assistance available. You may apply in the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

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

July 17-21 OR July 24-28 (Monday–Friday, 1:30–5:00 PM)

Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $235

Registration deadline: May 1

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Due to popular demand, we are offering TWO iterations of Arts Camp this summer. Both camps will be identical, so sign your student up for the week that best fits your schedule.

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.

Meet the Artistic Director!

Abi

Abi Smith is an active music teacher in Bloomington, Indiana. While studying piano at Butler (16′), she taught at several summer camps such as Piano Scholars, Piano Camp, and Arts Camp. She has taught private lessons at BCAS since 2013 and has directed the Arts Camp program for three years. She is passionate about inspiring beginner students to understand their own world through all of the arts. 

 

Morning Options 

Arts Camp takes place in the afternoon. Morning options are available during both weeks. Morning camps begin at 9am and end at 12:30pm. Supervision and lunch provided between camps. 

Arts Camp week of July 17th

  • Strings Camp – ages 7-11 – one year of prior study required 
  • Piano Camp – 7-11 – one year of prior study required

Arts Camp week of July 24th

  • Dance Camp – ages 7-11 – no experience required
  • Theatre Camp – ages 7-11 – no experience required

COVID-19 Information

  • 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 2023, including directives by local/state government, Butler University, CDC and American Camp Association.
  • At this time, all participants will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the start of the Intensive.
  • While there are many unknowns in this ever-changing landscape, we are confident that we will provide a safe and educational experience for our participants.

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.

Need-based tuition assistance available. You may apply in the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

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

June 25-30 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM)

Tuition: $400 commuter (includes lunch daily); $750 residential (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)

Registration deadline: May 1

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This camp is designed to support amplifying student voices through the arts utilizing 21st century skills with a culturally responsive lens. Students will rotate through a series of sessions anchored in culturally relevant arts disciplines. 2022 sessions included content creation, music production & sound design, photography by the Butler Department of Art, theatre by the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company, and Ganggang Culture. 2023 offerings will be announced soon! No prior experience is necessary; all levels are welcome. Students will be placed in artist collaborative groups with peers and an artist mentor. They will work together to design and create the final presentation on the last day of camp.

Housing is provided in Butler University’s Irvington House, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is Sunday evening; check-out is after the performance on Friday. Commuter campers check into camp on Monday and attend camp from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM each day. Camper information packets containing additional scheduling information, what to bring, and where to report will be emailed to all participants approximately one to two weeks prior to camp.

COVID-19 Information

  • 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 2023, including directives by local/state government, Butler University, CDC and American Camp Association.
  • At this time, all participants will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the start of the Intensive.
  • While there are many unknowns in this ever-changing landscape, we are confident that we will provide a safe and educational experience for our participants.

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

Need-based tuition assistance available. You may apply in the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

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

2023 Butler Ballet Summer Intensive: July 3–30*

Application Deadline | March 1, 2023

*2023 Intensive Information Subject to Change

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

Tuition 

  • Residential tuition: $4,600
  • Commuter tuition: $3,600

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 2023, including directives by local/state government, Butler University, CDC and American Camp Association.
  • At this time, all participants will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the start of the Intensive.
  • While there are many unknowns in this ever-changing landscape, we are confident that we will 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, pas de deux, pilates (NEW!), 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 (female identifying students) or in first arabesque (male identifying students) 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 (female identifying students en pointe).

Class Information

  • Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Pas de Deux, Character
    Ballet technique, Pointe, Variations, Pas de Deux and Character will follow the Russian Ballet Academy system (Vaganova system) and students will be learning classical repertoire based on the Mariinsky Theatre tradition.
  • Modern
    Class will incorporate many foundations of modern dance technique from Graham, Horton, Cunningham and Limon. The class will include suspension and release, fall and recovery, and connecting breath with movement. Dancers will explore new ways of moving in combinations, floor work, partnering and various methods of improvisation.
  • Jazz
    Class will explore a wide range of styles and presentation. Dancers will learn to emphasize musicality, body alignment, conditioning, rhythm, as well as innovative choreography.
  • Pilates
    The Pilates Method emphasizes the development of flexibility and core strength through mat and equipment workouts. The core – sometimes called the “power-house” – refers to the muscles surrounding the trunk. Joseph Pilates believed that strengthening these muscles improves posture, prevents injury, and promotes effortless movement. Dancers have gravitated toward Pilates over the last century as its principles and results are harmonious with the dance aesthetic. There are more than 500 exercises in the Pilates Method. Some are known as Fundamentals because they are the basics that must be learned first. All the exercises have names, standards for correct performance, and a given number of repetitions. Perfection of form is emphasized rather than heavy resistance or high repetitions. The goal is to work better, not harder. A class usually includes several standard exercises; others are introduced for variety or to work on a certain fitness goal.

If you have any further questions regarding the Intensive curriculum, please contact artistic director, Marek Cholewa at mcholewa@butler.edu.

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.

Meet the Artistic Director 

middle aged man with glasses and beard wearing a sweaterMarek Cholewa came from the National Ballet of Panama where he was Assistant Artistic Director/Master Teacher/Répétiteur/ Choreographer. He obtained his master’s degree from The Rimsky-Korsakov Music State Conservatory in St. Petersburg (Russia), as Répétiteur/Choreographer in 1982. Prior to this Mr. Cholewa studied at the National School of Ballet in Poznan, Poland. From 1976-1978, he was a Soloist with the National Ballet of Poland where he performed principal roles from XIX and XX century classical ballet repertory…Read full bio here

Application deadline and accompanying $50 application fee is due March 1.

Late applications accepted if available space; please inquire. A $500 non-refundable deposit is due by March 15th – this will hold your student’s spot in the Intensive. The remaining tuition is due by June 1st. Payments can be made online by selecting “Make a Payment” on the BCAS homepage.

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 June 1, all tuition fees will be refunded (excluding the $50 non-refundable application fee and $500 non-refundable deposit). There will be no refunds issued after June 1. Injury Policy: In the case of injury that prevents the student from beginning participation in the Intensive, a full-tuition credit will be provided for participation in the Intensive the following year (full-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 tuition assistance available. You may apply in the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance 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.

2023 Bass Camp: June 11-16 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM) 

Tuition: $400 commuter (includes lunch daily); $750 residential (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)

Registration deadline: May 1

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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.

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.

Meet the Artistic Director!

David Murray

David Murray has an international reputation as a solo bassist and teacher. He is currently Professor of Bass and Director of the School of Music at Butler University in Indianapolis and Principal Bassist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. He also plays as Principal Bassist with Sinfonia da Camera in Urbana, Illinois, and at the Bear Valley Music Festival in northern California. Before coming to Indianapolis, David was Instructor of Bass at West Texas A&M University and principal with the Amarillo Symphony. He has been a member of the Dallas Chamber Orchestra and also toured twice with the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Housing is provided in Butler University’s Irvington House, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is Sunday evening; check-out is after the performance on Friday. Commuter campers check into camp on Monday and attend camp from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM each day. Camper information packets containing additional scheduling information, what to bring, and where to report will be emailed to all participants approximately one to two weeks prior to camp.

COVID-19 Information

  • 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 2023, including directives by local/state government, Butler University, CDC and American Camp Association.
  • At this time, all participants will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the start of the Intensive.
  • While there are many unknowns in this ever-changing landscape, we are confident that we will provide a safe and educational experience for our participants.

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 tuition assistance available. You may apply in the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

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

2023 Chamber Camp: June 25-30 (Monday thru Friday, 9:00-5:00)

Lilly Hall at Butler University

Tuition: $400 commuter (includes lunch daily); $750 residential (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)

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Registration deadline: May 1

CAMP DESCRIPTION COMING SOON!

Meet the Artistic Directors!

Professor DJ SmithDJ Smith has served on the piano faculty of Butler University since 2008. DJ maintains his own private studio of students of all ages and performance levels through the Butler Community Arts School. DJ is also the Artistic Director of the BCAS Piano Camps. He holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Indiana Wesleyan University and a master’s in piano pedagogy from Butler University. He is a nationally certified teacher in music (NCTM). DJ Smith is currently president of the Indiana Music Teachers Association. DJ performs regularly as soloist, collaborates with fellow artists, and frequently lectures at conferences and festivals throughout the region. Recent projects have included a performance of Carnival of the Animals in collaboration with fellow faculty artists, featured as part of the Butler ArtsFest. He has also recently presented a lecture recital on the shorter piano works of Alexander Scriabin for both the IMTA Conference and the Butler University Faculty Artist Series. DJ is the director of music at Irvington United Methodist Church where he plays piano, organ and directs the choir.

Abby WittAbby Witt currently serves as the Business Operations Manager and a Teaching Fellow for the Butler Community Arts School (BCAS) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to her work at Butler, she was a member of the Lexington Chamber Orchestra in Lexington, Kentucky and a strings teacher in the Friends in Music program of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra. As a cellist, she attended the Brevard Summer Music Festival in Brevard, North Carolina in the summers of 2016 and 2017, and attended the Vienna Summer Music Festival in Vienna, Austria in the summer of 2018. She was selected to perform in the collegiate cello master class at the 2016 American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has won several competitions in Kentucky, including the Eastern Kentucky University Symphony’s concerto competition. Abby obtained her Bachelors degree in Cello Performance from Eastern Kentucky University, a Masters degree in Cello Performance from Butler University, and an Associates degree in Business Management from Eastern Gateway Community College. In addition to her managerial duties at BCAS, she maintains a private cello studio and assists with the BCAS Adult Strings Ensembles. 

Housing is provided in Butler University’s Irvington House, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is Sunday evening; check-out is after the performance on Friday. Commuter campers check into camp on Monday and attend camp from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM each day. Camper information packets containing additional scheduling information, what to bring, and where to report will be emailed to all participants approximately one to two weeks prior to camp.

COVID-19 Information

  • 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 2023, including directives by local/state government, Butler University, CDC and American Camp Association.
  • At this time, all participants will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the start of the Intensive.
  • While there are many unknowns in this ever-changing landscape, we are confident that we will provide a safe and educational experience for our participants.

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 tuition assistance available. You may apply in the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

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

 

2023 Dance Camp: July 24-28 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM -12:30 PM)

Lilly Hall at Butler University

Tuition: $235

Registration deadline: May 1

CAMP DESCRIPTION COMING SOON!

Afternoon option: Arts Camp

Arts Camp will be offered from 1:30–5:00 PM during the week of Dance Camp. Students can take an adventure through all of the arts, including visual art, dance, music, and theatre. No prior experience is necessary. Please see Arts Camp description for tuition. Students will be supervised by designated camp staff from 12:30–1:30 PM until the start of Arts Camp. Lunch provided. 

COVID-19 Information

  • 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 2023, including directives by local/state government, Butler University, CDC and American Camp Association.
  • At this time, all participants will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the start of the Intensive.
  • While there are many unknowns in this ever-changing landscape, we are confident that we will provide a safe and educational experience for our participants.

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.

Need-based tuition assistance available. You may apply in the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

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

2023 Double Reed Camp: June 4-9  (Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM) 

Lilly Hall at Butler University

Tuition: $400 commuter (includes lunch daily); $750 residential (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)

Registration deadline: May 1

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Please join us for Butler University’s Double Reed Camp 2023! Double the reed, double the fun – and that goes doubly for both oboe and bassoon! Led by camp co-directors, Professors Doug Spaniol (bassoon) and Pam Ajango (oboe) and other teaching artists, Double Reed Camp promises to be full of great music, instruction, reeds (double!), and some surprises along the way. Don’t miss this opportunity – we can’t wait to welcome you! At least one year of prior experience on your instrument required. 

PLACEMENT AUDITION | Due by June 1st 

  • 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!)

Meet the Artistic Directors!

Dr. Douglas SpaniolHailed as a ‘master pedagogue and researcher’ (The Double Reed), Doug Spaniol (he/him), is Professor of Music at Butler University where he teaches bassoon and related classes. At Butler, he has held a variety of other positions including Interim Associate Dean of the Jordan College of Fine Arts, Interim Chair of the School of Music, Assistant Chair of the School of Music, and Vice-Chair of the Faculty Senate. He also serves as Instructor of Bassoon at Interlochen Arts Camp each summer. He has twice been a visiting professor at The Ohio State University and previously served on the faculty at Valdosta State University.

Professor Pam AjangoProfessor Pamela Ajango is the Instructor of Oboe at Butler University, joining the faculty in 2013. She teaches oboe, chamber music, and instrumental techniques, and has served as interim area coordinator for Woodwinds. Professor Ajango has been a full-time freelance oboist for over 20 years. She is a member of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (2nd oboe/English horn), winning her tenured position in 2007. She also frequently serves as acting principal oboe of the ICO, and can be heard in that role on the ICO’s first recording release, Momentum 21. Professor Ajango is a studio musician, recording for music publishers Alfred, FJH, Hal Leonard, and many others. She can often be heard in the pit orchestras of visiting Broadway musicals, in solo and chamber music series, and with professional orchestras in and around Indiana. 

Housing is provided in Butler University’s Irvington House, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is Sunday evening; check-out is after the performance on Friday. Commuter campers check into camp on Monday and attend camp from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM each day. Camper information packets containing additional scheduling information, what to bring, and where to report will be emailed to all participants approximately one to two weeks prior to camp.

COVID-19 Information

  • 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 2023, including directives by local/state government, Butler University, CDC and American Camp Association.
  • At this time, all participants will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the start of the Intensive.
  • While there are many unknowns in this ever-changing landscape, we are confident that we will provide a safe and educational experience for our participants.

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.

Need-based tuition assistance available. You may apply in the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

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

2023 Guitar Camp: June 11-16 (Monday–Friday; 9:00 AM–Noon)

Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $235
Registration deadline: May 1

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The Butler Community Arts School is excited to offer a 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 performance. 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).

Meet the Artistic Director!

Sandoval

Austin Sandoval has been playing guitar for 11 years, and teaching for 7 years. He graduated from Butler University in 2019 with a BA in Guitar. During his undergraduate studies, Austin helped to found the Butler Guitar Camp and started teaching the Guitar for Young Bulldogs class. In 2021, he became the artistic director of guitar camp, and also started building a guitar program downtown at Christel House Academy. With years of experience and a wide variety of teaching environments, Austin loves showing new students how fun the guitar can be.

 

COVID-19 Information

  • 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 2023, including directives by local/state government, Butler University, CDC and American Camp Association.
  • At this time, all participants will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the start of the Intensive.
  • While there are many unknowns in this ever-changing landscape, we are confident that we will provide a safe and educational experience for our participants.

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 tuition assistance available. You may apply in the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

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

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

2023 Jazz Camp: July 9-14 (Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM) 

Tuition: $425 commuter (includes lunch daily); $775 residential (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)

Registration deadline: May 1

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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.

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 or rising grades 9-12 only) as well as more non-traditional instruments such as flute, clarinet, oboe, or violin. If questions, please inquire at BCAS@butler.edu.

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.

Meet the Artistic Director!

Pivec

As a performer of jazz and popular music, Matt Pivec has worked with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Dave Rivello, Bob Brookmeyer, Peter Erskine, Maria Schneider,Julia Dollison, Melvin Rhyne, the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Pops Orchestra, and the national touring companies of Hairspray, 42nd Street, and The Producers. As a band leader and soloist, Matt has performed at jazz festivals and venues throughout the United States. He has three albums to his credit, Live at Snider Hall, Psalm Songs and the recently released Time and Direction.  

Placement Audition | Sunday, July 9th TIME TBD

Students will arrive on Sunday, July 9th to complete a placement audition. Residential students will also check into the dorm. Exact schedule and music TBD.

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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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Housing is provided in Butler University’s Irvington House, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is Sunday evening; check-out is after the performance on Friday. Commuter campers check into camp on Monday and attend camp from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM each day. Camper information packets containing additional scheduling information, what to bring, and where to report will be emailed to all participants approximately one to two weeks prior to camp.

COVID-19 Information

  • 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 2023, including directives by local/state government, Butler University, CDC and American Camp Association.
  • At this time, all participants will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the start of the Intensive.
  • While there are many unknowns in this ever-changing landscape, we are confident that we will provide a safe and educational experience for our participants.

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 tuition assistance available. You may apply in the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

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

 

2023 Percussion Camp: June 4-9 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM)

Tuition: $400 commuter (includes lunch daily); $750 residential (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)
Registration deadline: May 1

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Join us for a week immersed in percussion! No audition is required; all levels are welcome. Students 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. Whether your student is a total beginner or advanced, we’ve got a spot for them at Percussion Camp.

Meet the Artistic Director!

Professor Jon Crabiel

Jon Crabiel is Percussion Artist-in-Residence at Butler University Jordan College of the Arts in Indianapolis, IN. At Butler University, Jon serves as coordinator of percussion studies, conducts the percussion ensembles and teaches courses in percussion literature, pedagogy and world drumming.In 2017, Jon took a one-year leave of absence from Butler to perform and serve as Acting Assistant Principal Timpani and Percussion with the National Symphony Orchestra for the 2017-18 season in Washington, D.C. Jon is first-call extra percussion with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, Empire Brass, Ronen Chamber Ensemble, Dance Kaleidoscope and national Broadway tour companies.

 

 

Housing is provided in Butler University’s Irvington House, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is Sunday evening; check-out is after the performance on Friday. Commuter campers check into camp on Monday and attend camp from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM each day. Camper information packets containing additional scheduling information, what to bring, and where to report will be emailed to all participants approximately one to two weeks prior to camp.

COVID-19 Information

  • 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 2023, including directives by local/state government, Butler University, CDC and American Camp Association.
  • At this time, all participants will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the start of the Intensive.
  • While there are many unknowns in this ever-changing landscape, we are confident that we will provide a safe and educational experience for our participants.

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.

Need-based tuition assistance available. You may apply in the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

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

2023 Piano Scholars Camp: June 18-23 (Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM)  

Tuition: $400 commuter (includes lunch daily); $750 residential (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)
Registration deadline: May 1

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Special guest artist: TBA!

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.

Meet the Artistic Director!

DJ

DJ Smith has served on the piano faculty of Butler University since 2008. DJ maintains his own private studio of students of all ages and performance levels through the Butler Community Arts School. DJ is also the Artistic Director of the BCAS Piano Camps. He holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Indiana Wesleyan University and a master’s in piano pedagogy from Butler University. He is a nationally certified teacher in music (NCTM). DJ Smith is currently president of the Indiana Music Teachers Association. DJ performs regularly as soloist, collaborates with fellow artists, and frequently lectures at conferences and festivals throughout the region. Recent projects have included a performance of Carnival of the Animals in collaboration with fellow faculty artists, featured as part of the Butler ArtsFest. He has also recently presented a lecture recital on the shorter piano works of Alexander Scriabin for both the IMTA Conference and the Butler University Faculty Artist Series. DJ is the director of music at Irvington United Methodist Church where he plays piano, organ and directs the choir.

Housing is provided in Butler University’s Irvington House, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is Sunday evening; check-out is after the performance on Friday. Commuter campers check into camp on Monday and attend camp from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM each day. Camper information packets containing additional scheduling information, what to bring, and where to report will be emailed to all participants approximately one to two weeks prior to camp.

COVID-19 Information

  • 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 2023, including directives by local/state government, Butler University, CDC and American Camp Association.
  • At this time, all participants will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the start of the Intensive.
  • While there are many unknowns in this ever-changing landscape, we are confident that we will provide a safe and educational experience for our participants.

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 tuition assistance available. You may apply in the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

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

2023 Piano Camp: July 17–21 (Monday–Friday; 9:00 AM–12:30 PM) 

Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $235

Registration deadline: May 1

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Butler piano camp is designed for students with at least one year prior 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 a T-shirt and all materials.

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

*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).

Meet the Artistic Director!

DJ Smith has served on the piano faculty of Butler University since 2008. DJ maintains his own private studio of students of all ages and performance levels through the Butler Community Arts School. DJ is also the Artistic Director of the BCAS Piano Camps. He holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Indiana Wesleyan University and a master’s in piano pedagogy from Butler University. He is a nationally certified teacher in music (NCTM). DJ Smith is currently president of the Indiana Music Teachers Association. DJ performs regularly as soloist, collaborates with fellow artists, and frequently lectures at conferences and festivals throughout the region. Recent projects have included a performance of Carnival of the Animals in collaboration with fellow faculty artists, featured as part of the Butler ArtsFest. He has also recently presented a lecture recital on the shorter piano works of Alexander Scriabin for both the IMTA Conference and the Butler University Faculty Artist Series. DJ is the director of music at Irvington United Methodist Church where he plays piano, organ and directs the choir.

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, music, and theatre. No prior experience is necessary. Please see Arts Camp description for tuition. Students will be supervised by designated camp staff from 12:30–1:30 PM until the start of Arts Camp. Lunch provided. 

COVID-19 Information

  • 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 2023, including directives by local/state government, Butler University, CDC and American Camp Association.
  • At this time, all participants will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the start of the Intensive.
  • While there are many unknowns in this ever-changing landscape, we are confident that we will provide a safe and educational experience for our participants.

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.

Need-based tuition assistance available. You may apply in the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

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

2023 Strings Bootcamp: June 4-9 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM)

Registration deadline: May 1

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The best way to start your Summer! Join us for a week of music making and exploration.  This camp is geared towards strings students (violin, viola, cello, bass) who are not yet proficient in note reading in the first position, but have had an introduction, and who are still learning basic rhythms/counting.  Strings Bootcamp will ensure that your child has the skills to participate at the level of the Butler Strings Camp, while exploring all new music opportunities!

Meet the Artistic Director!

Shannon CrowShannon M. Crow is a graduate of Butler University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Ms. Crow has been teaching private violin and viola lessons for over 20 years, and has extensive experience teaching students from 4 years to 80 years of age. Currently she conducts Orchestra B and the Parent Orchestra of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, as well as teaches private lessons.  At the Butler Community Arts School, Shannon founded and directs the Adult Strings Ensembles, the Butler Children’s Orchestra, Butler Youth Orchestra and Butler Strings Camp, as well as teaches private violin and viola lessons. When not teaching private lessons, Ms. Crow has partnered with the VA in research and in supporting our veterans through music; and is an avid performer in local orchestras and for private events.

COVID-19 Information

  • 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 2023, including directives by local/state government, Butler University, CDC and American Camp Association.
  • At this time, all participants will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the start of the Intensive.
  • While there are many unknowns in this ever-changing landscape, we are confident that we will provide a safe and educational experience for our participants.

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 tuition assistance available. You may apply in the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

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

2023 Strings Camp: July 17–21 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–12:30 PM)

Lilly Hall at Butler University
Registration deadline: May 1

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Butler Strings Camp is designed for students with at least one year of prior strings study (violin, viola, cello, upright bass). Students must be able to proficiently read notes on all four strings in the first position. Our intent is to maintain interest, stimulate imagination, and provide attainable challenges. Classes include orchestra and sectionals, along with music theory and games.

If your student is not yet proficient in note reading in the first position, but has had an introduction, and is still learning basic rhythms/counting, we recommend Strings Bootcamp! Join us for Strings Bootcamp in June (see section above) and then join us for Strings Camp in July.

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.

*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)

Meet the Artistic Director!

Shannon Crow

Shannon M. Crow is a graduate of Butler University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Ms. Crow has been teaching private violin and viola lessons for over 20 years, and has extensive experience teaching students from 4 years to 80 years of age. Currently she conducts Orchestra B and the Parent Orchestra of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, as well as teaches private lessons.  At the Butler Community Arts School, Shannon founded and directs the Adult Strings Ensembles, the Butler Children’s Orchestra, Butler Youth Orchestra and Butler Strings Camp, as well as teaches private violin and viola lessons. When not teaching private lessons, Ms. Crow has partnered with the VA in research and in supporting our veterans through music; and is an avid performer in local orchestras and for private events.

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, music, and theatre. No prior experience within these art forms is necessary. Please see Arts Camp description for tuition. Students will be supervised by designated camp staff from 12:30–1:30 PM. Lunch provided.

COVID-19 Information

  • 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 2023, including directives by local/state government, Butler University, CDC and American Camp Association.
  • At this time, all participants will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the start of the Intensive.
  • While there are many unknowns in this ever-changing landscape, we are confident that we will provide a safe and educational experience for our participants.

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.

Need-based tuition assistance available. You may apply in the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

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

2023 String Scholars Camp: June 18-23 (Monday thru Friday, 9:00-5:00)

Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $400 commuter (includes lunch daily); $750 residential (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)
Registration deadline: May 1

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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 old students 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 may include drumming, dance, keyboard, etc.

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. 

Meet the Artistic Director!

Composer, conductor, violinist, and violist Richard Auldon Clark is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival. A strong proponent of American music, Mr. Clark has performed and/or recorded hundreds of world premiers, and his work has received extraordinary praise in the New York Times, Fanfare, American Record Guide, Washington Post, and dozens of others. 

 

Housing is provided in Butler University’s Irvington House, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is Sunday evening; check-out is after the performance on Friday. Commuter campers check into camp on Monday and attend camp from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM each day. Camper information packets containing additional scheduling information, what to bring, and where to report will be emailed to all participants approximately one to two weeks prior to camp.

COVID-19 Information

  • 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 2023, including directives by local/state government, Butler University, CDC and American Camp Association.
  • At this time, all participants will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the start of the Intensive.
  • While there are many unknowns in this ever-changing landscape, we are confident that we will provide a safe and educational experience for our participants.

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 tuition assistance available. You may apply in the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

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

2023 Theatre Camp: July 24-28 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–12:30 PM)

Lilly Hall at Butler University

Tuition: $235

Registration deadline: May 1

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CAMP DESCRIPTION COMING SOON!

Afternoon option: Arts Camp

Arts Camp will be offered from 1:30–5:00 PM during the week of Theatre Camp. Students can take an adventure through all of the arts, including visual art, dance, music, and theatre. No prior experience is necessary. Please see Arts Camp description for tuition. Students will be supervised by designated camp staff from 12:30–1:30 PM until the start of Arts Camp. Lunch provided. 

COVID-19 Information

  • 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 2023, including directives by local/state government, Butler University, CDC and American Camp Association.
  • At this time, all participants will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the start of the Intensive.
  • While there are many unknowns in this ever-changing landscape, we are confident that we will provide a safe and educational experience for our participants.

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.

Need-based tuition assistance available. You may apply in the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

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

2023 Theatre Performance Camp: June 11-16 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM)

Tuition: $400 commuter (includes lunch daily); $750 residential (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)

Registration deadline: May 1

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CAMP INFO COMING SOON!

Housing is provided in Butler University’s Irvington House, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is Sunday evening; check-out is after the performance on Friday. Commuter campers check into camp on Monday and attend camp from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM each day. Camper information packets containing additional scheduling information, what to bring, and where to report will be emailed to all participants approximately one to two weeks prior to camp.

COVID-19 Information

  • 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 2023, including directives by local/state government, Butler University, CDC and American Camp Association.
  • At this time, all participants will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the start of the Intensive.
  • While there are many unknowns in this ever-changing landscape, we are confident that we will provide a safe and educational experience for our participants.

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 tuition assistance available. You may apply in the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

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

2023 Theatre Tech Camp: June 11-16 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM)

Tuition: $400 commuter (includes lunch daily); $750 residential (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)

Registration deadline: May 1

REGISTER NOW

CAMP INFO COMING SOON!

Housing is provided in Butler University’s Irvington House, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is Sunday evening; check-out is after the performance on Friday. Commuter campers check into camp on Monday and attend camp from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM each day. Camper information packets containing additional scheduling information, what to bring, and where to report will be emailed to all participants approximately one to two weeks prior to camp.

COVID-19 Information

  • 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 2023, including directives by local/state government, Butler University, CDC and American Camp Association.
  • At this time, all participants will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the start of the Intensive.
  • While there are many unknowns in this ever-changing landscape, we are confident that we will provide a safe and educational experience for our participants.

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 tuition assistance available. You may apply in the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

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

Ages 18+ | Professional level only

2022 Cholewa-Ruffo Workshop | August 8–20

Tuition | $600

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

***Tuition due in full by August 1***

Application Deadline | July 1

Apply Now

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 20. 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, 2022. 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.