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Events for High School and Middle School Students

Love to make music with others? Want to explore Butler's beautiful campus? Thinking of majoring in music? Join us for one (or more!) of our many events for middle and high school aged students. Whether you attend a performance, tour the School of Music, or participate in a specialty day or festival, we can't wait to welcome you to campus!


Butler University remains open for the time being. However, all in-person visit options are cancelled through at least April 10. The University’s full statement and ongoing updates are available here. In the meantime, the School of Music would still love to connect with prospective students interested in our programs. Students and families may contact the School of Music via email, at, or phone at 317-940-9065, with any questions. Additionally, the following virtual resources available to prospective students:

  • Explore our beautiful campus, including academic buildings and residence halls, via a virtual campus tour
  • Receive an overview of our academic programs and admissions process through the online version of our Explore Butler admission presentation
  • High school juniors, seniors, and admitted School of Music students may request a virtual chat with a School of Music representative or current music major by emailing

Our thoughts are with you all as you navigate these challenging times. Please stay safe and healthy, and remember to take care of your mental health as well.

Music Specialty Days and Competitions

Butler University Music Specialty Days are opportunities for students of all playing levels to work with Butler faculty and students in their instrument area. Activities include master classes, faculty/student showcases, group rehearsals and performances, Q&A sessions, and more! Our current offerings are listed below. Please visit the individual page for each event for details and registration.

Event (click title for more info) Date
Trumpet Day with International Trumpet Guild Sunday, November 17, 2019
Lorée Oboe Day Extravaganza! (special, one-time event for 2019!) Saturday, November 23, 2019
Brass Workshop TBA-- tentative date is Monday, November 18, 2019
Cello Day Saturday, September 28, 2019 (same as Violin Day)
Double Reed Day (bassoon/oboe) Saturday, January 11, 2020
Single Reed Workshop (clarinet/saxophone) TBA-- coming soon!
Violin Day Saturday, September 28, 2019
Vocal Competition (NEW!) Saturday, January 11, 2020


Choral Festivals

Butler University Choral Festivals are non-competitive festivals which promote singing, vocal health, and choral pedagogy. Designed for high school mixed choirs (SATB) and high school treble choirs (SA), activities include high school performances, clinics with Butler faculty, and performances by Butler choirs and faculty.

Treble Choir Festival: Monday, November 23, 2020

The Butler Treble Choir Festival is open to all interested high school treble ensembles. The festival typically includes 10-15 visiting choirs, of various sizes and skill levels. Butler Choral Festivals will include clinics with Butler faculty, performances by Butler choral ensembles, and the opportunity for participating choirs to rehearse and perform a combined repertoire selection under the direction of Dr. John Perkins. We invite you to bring your students to witness choral music at the collegiate level and allow them to learn skills first-hand in a college setting!

Event details:

•      Monday, November 23, 2020, 12:30-5:00 PM, Schrott Center for the Arts

•      Combined repertoire piece: TBA

•      Tours of the Butler Campus are available upon request

•      $5 participation fee per student

•      Sample voice lessons with a member of the voice faculty are available for students interested in pursuing music at a collegiate level

Register your students here: Treble Choir Festival Application

Mixed Choir Invitational: Monday, September 21, 2020 

Event details:

•      Monday, September 21, 2019, 12:30-5:00 PM, Schrott Center for the Arts

•      Combined repertoire piece: TBA

•      Tours of the Butler Campus are available upon request

•      $5 participation fee per student

•      Sample voice lessons with a member of the voice faculty are available for students interested in pursuing music at a collegiate level

Apply to participate here: Mixed Choir Invitational Application

Activities for Prospective Music Majors and Minors

Sample Lesson

High school juniors and seniors who are considering a Music Major at Butler may request a complimentary private sample lesson with a music faculty member. Lessons are typically 30-45 minutes and are great opportunities to receive pre-audition feedback and get to know our faculty. To request a lesson, please contact the School of Music office at or 317-940-9065.

Student Shadow

High school seniors interested in a Music Major at Butler can experience a "day in the life" of a music student by shadowing a current Butler music major. Shadow days may include attending classes, rehearsals, and lunch in a campus dining hall with a shadow host. We try to pair visiting students with a music major in their specific area of interest and/or instrument. NOTE: These events are different than the Butler University Admitted Student Visits outlined at To schedule a student shadow day, please contact the School of Music office at or 317-940-9065.

"Explore JCA" Visit Events

If you have not yet completed a full campus tour event, or would like to take a closer look at the Jordan College of the Arts. Check out our Explore JCA events which will include a campus tour, admissions and JCA info sessions, and activities in your specific area of interest (i.e. music, dance, theatre, arts administration, and visual art). Music students interested in observing Wind Ensemble or Choir rehearsals should attend on a Monday date and students interested in observing Symphony Orchestra rehearsal should attend on a Tuesday date. To register for a JCA Visit Day or other admission events, please visit



Summer Music Camps

Summer music and arts camps are offered through the Butler Community Arts School (BCAS) annually. Camps primarily serve ages 12-18 and are wonderful opportunities for students to experience campus and the music program at Butler University. A tentative list of music camps is shown below.

For specific details and registration, visit the Butler Community Arts School Summer Camps webpage.

BCAS Summer Camp offerings (subject to change):

  • Bass Camp (upright bass)
  • Brass Camp (trombone, trumpet, tuba, euphonium, horn)
  • Jazz Camp (instrumental and vocal tracks)
  • Percussion Camp
  • Piano Camp
  • Snare and Tenor Camp
  • String Scholars Camp (violin, viola, cello, upright bass)
  • Woodwind Camp (bassoon, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, flute)
  • Voice Camp

To learn more about the Butler Community Arts School's (BCAS) role at Butler and in the Indianapolis community, please visit the BCAS webpage or contact

Attend a Performance

Enjoy one of our many ensemble and faculty performances throughout the year in our beautiful, on-campus venues. For a full list of performances for the upcoming season, please visit the Butler Arts Center website. If you would like to attend an individual student recital, please see the School of Music Events and Performances website. Many events are free!