Summer Camps

2022 Summer Camp updates: 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.

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.

August 8-12 (Monday–Friday, 6:00–9:00 PM)

Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $200
Registration deadline: July 23

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Join us for the inaugural Adult Strings Camp! 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!

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.

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

July 11-15 OR July 18-22 (Monday–Friday, 1:30–5:00 PM)

Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $235

Registration is now closed. Email BCAS@butler.eduto be added to the waitlist.

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.

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.

July 5–9 (Tuesday–Saturday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM)

Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.

Tuition: $375 commuter (includes lunch daily)

Registration deadline: June 24

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This pilot 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. Sessions will include content creation, music production & sound design, photography by the Butler Department of Art, theatre by the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company, and Ganggang Culture. 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.

Apply for a need-based scholarship via our Scholarship Application Form.

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.

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

2022 Ballet Summer Intensive: July 5–31

Ages 13–18 (students must be 13 years old by July 5)

2022 Ballet Summer Intensive: July 5–31 

Application Deadline | Extended until we reach capacity

APPLY

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

*2022 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 2022, 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 (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.

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. 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 April 1, all tuition fees will be refunded (excluding the $50 non-refundable application fee). There will be no refunds issued after April 1. Injury Policy: In the case of injury that prevents the student 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.

2022 Bass Camp: June 5-10 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM) Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.

Tuition: $400 commuter (includes lunch daily); $750 residential (14 and up) (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)

Registration is closed. Please email BCAS@butler.edu with any questions.

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.

2022 Guitar Camp: June 20–24 (Monday–Friday; 9:00 AM–noon)  Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.
Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $235
Registration deadline: Extended to June 1, or until we reach capacity

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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 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.

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

2022 Jazz Camp: July 10–15 (Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM) Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.

Tuition: $425 commuter (includes lunch daily); $775 residential (14 and up) (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)

Registration is now closed. Email BCAS@butler.edu to be added to the waitlist.
Instrument Waitlist: Piano. Please email BCAS@butler.edu to be added to our pianist waiting list.

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.

Placement Audition | due by June 20

Students are required to submit a digital placement audition to BCAS@butler.eduMust 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.

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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.

 

2022 Percussion Camp: June 5–10 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM) Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.

Tuition: $400 commuter (includes lunch daily); $750 residential (14 and up) (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)
Registration is closed. Please email BCAS@butler.edu with any questions.

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. 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.

2022 Piano Scholars Camp: June 12–17 (Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM)  Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.

Tuition: $400 commuter (includes lunch daily); $750 residential (14 and up) (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)
Registration is closed. Please email BCAS@butler.edu with any questions.

Special guest artist: TBA!

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.

2022 Piano Camp: July 18–22 (Monday–Friday; 9:00 AM–12:30 PM) 

Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.

Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $235

Registration is now closed. Email BCAS@butler.eduto be added to the waitlist.

Butler piano camp for ages 7–11 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 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, music, 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

*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.

2022 Strings Camp: July 18–22 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–12:30 PM)

Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.

Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $235
Registration deadline: Extended to July 8, or until we reach capacity

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Butler strings camp for ages 7–11 is designed for students with prior strings study (violin, viola, cello, upright bass). It is required that students have at least one year of prior study. Basic note reading is also required. 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, music, 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.

2022 String Scholars Camp: June 19-24 (Monday thru Friday, 9:00-5:00)

Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.

Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $400 commuter (includes lunch daily); $750 residential (14 and up) (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)
Registration is closed. Please email BCAS@butler.edu with any questions.

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.

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.

Ages 9–13

Soundscape Camp ONLINE: Create Your Own Music  TBD (Monday-Friday)

Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.

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: (Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM–5:30 PM) POSTPONED UNTIL 2023
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.

2022 Woodwind Camp: June 12–17  (Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM) 

Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.

Lilly Hall at Butler University
Tuition: $400 commuter (includes lunch daily); $750 residential (14 and up) (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)
Registration is closed. Please email BCAS@butler.edu with any questions.

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. If questions, please inquire at BCAS@butler.edu. Video audition is required for placement only; all levels are welcome. Featured faculty will include: Karen Moratz , Becky Arrensen, and Jenna Page (flute); Pam Ajango (oboe);  Michele Gingras and Trina Gross (clarinet); Doug Spaniol (bassoon);  and Heidi Radtke (saxophone). Campers must provide their own instrument.

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!)

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 after the recital on Friday. Commuter campers check into camp at 8:30 AM 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 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. Late applications may be accepted on the basis of available space.

Safety will be a paramount concern in summer 2022. Safety measures may include (but is not limited to) 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. 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–5:00 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.

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

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.

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

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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.