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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!


Althought campus visits are limited, the School of Music still wants to meet you! Please contact Courtney Trachsel via email at or 317-940-9065 to schedule a virtual chat and/or explore our virtual visit options in the tabs below. The University’s full statement and ongoing updates are available here. 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
Cello Day-- VIRTUAL Saturday, September 26, 2020
Double Reed Day (bassoon/oboe) Saturday, January 9, 2021
Single Reed Workshop (clarinet/saxophone) details coming soon!
Violin Day details coming soon!
Vocal Competition (NEW!) details coming soon!


Choral Festivals


We hope to offer a virtual, choral festival experience this fall, details coming soon!

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: cancelled for fall 2020 due to covid-19 concerns

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:

•      2021 DATES TBA, 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: CANCELLED for fall 2020 due to covid-19 concerns

Event details:

•     2021 DATES TBA, 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

---Virtual options for sample lessons and meeting current students available. Contact for info!---

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!