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School of Music

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!

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 event title for more info) Date
Cello Day Saturday, October 2, 2021 (on-campus)
Double Reed Day (bassoon/oboe) Saturday, January 22, 2022 (on-campus)
Violin Day Saturday, September 25, 2021 (on-campus)
Vocal Competition (NEW!)

Virtual First Round December 2021

Final Round and master classes Saturday, February 12, 2022 (on-campus)

Additional events for brass and single reed instruments coming soon! Various dates, 2021-2022 (virtual and on-campus)

 

Choral Festivals

Mixed Choir Festival: Monday, September 20, 2021

Apply to participate: Mixed Choir Festival 2021 Application

The Butler University Mixed Choir Festival is designed for the advanced high school choral ensembles. Festival participation is by invitation and requires an application. The event typically includes 6-8 visiting choirs and includes 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. Eric Stark. Students interested in studying music at the collegiate level may also request a sample voice lesson with Butler voice faculty member. 

Event details:

  • Date: Monday, September 20, 2021
  • Location: Schrott Center for the Arts on the campus of Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
  • Combined repertoire piece: “Oh! What a Beautiful City,” arr. Rollo Dilworth
  • Cost: $5 participation fee per student
  • How to participate:  Complete the Mixed Choir Festival 2021 Application, invited choirs will be contacted via email after applications are reviewed.

 

Treble Choir Festival: Monday, November 15, 2021

Register your group: Treble Choir Festival 2021 Registration Form

The Butler University 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:

  • Date: Monday, November 15, 2021
  • Location: Schrott Center for the Arts on the campus of Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
  • Combined repertoire piece: : “Travelin’ Home,” by Andrea Ramsey (version for SSAA choirs) 
  • Cost: $5 participation fee per student
  • How to participate:  Complete the Treble Choir Festival 2021 Registration Form. Participation is on a first come, first served basis. Registration will close on November 1 or when the event has reached capacity.
 
Questions? Email music@butler.edu or call 317-940-9065

Activities for Prospective Music Majors and Minors

Sample Lesson (virtual and in-person)

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. Virtual lessons available. To request a lesson, please contact the School of Music office at music@butler.edu or 317-940-9065.

Student Shadow Days

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 butler.edu/visit. To schedule a student shadow day, please contact the School of Music office at music@butler.edu or 317-940-9065.

 

 

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 BCAS@butler.edu.

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 and/or livestreamed!