Camp S.O.U.L.

A pre-college summer camp centered on African American music

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Camp S.O.U.L.—Students Obtaining Unique musical Levels—integrates artistry and academics to encourage students to attend Indiana University and obtain the degree of their choice while increasing understanding and appreciation for their performance abilities and opportunities with the African American Arts Institute.

Talented high school students (vocalists, instrumentalists, spoken word artists, etc.) will be selected to spend six days studying African American art forms, including Negro spirituals, blues, jazz, gospel, R&B, soul, funk and hip-hop. Students will study with music professionals, IU faculty, staff, and graduate students while also learning how to prepare for college.

Camp S.O.U.L. Mission Statement

To create a unique musical environment centered in African American traditions by promoting unity, professionalism, discipline, self-respect, cultural awareness, and academic excellence that allows every student the opportunity to form a plan of action that will make their dreams and goals a reality.

Ignoisco Miles, Camp S.O.U.L. Director

Ignoisco Miles is an artist and professional living in Los Angeles, California. He has gained hands-on experience practicing and teaching within Black performance traditions through his studies and work with Professor Tyron Cooper, former director of the IU Soul Revue and founder of Camp S.O.U.L. Miles holds a B.A. in Theatre from Indiana University and is currently pursuing a masters in African American and African Diaspora Studies.

Miles has produced and directed two original plays, Identify Me and Happy Hour. He also assisted and directed the Groups Theatre Project, IU First Year Experience's orientation musical Welcome to College, and student production trilogy Emergent Theatre. Vocal Ensembles and groups, workshop organizers, and professional theater (including Chicago and the Five Heartbeats) producers seek Miles’ talent as a vocalist, actor, dancer, playwright, and director.

Musicians with Camp S.O.U.L.
A performer with Camp S.O.U.L.

Apply to Camp S.O.U.L. 2021

The application for summer 2021 will be available soon. Click here to receive an email when the application is live!

Admission to Camp S.O.U.L. for high school students (grades 9–12) is free and includes room and board in the IU Bloomington residence halls, meals, and entertainment. Transportation to and from Bloomington, Indiana, is not provided. Students must apply and audition to be considered for admission.

The Camp S.O.U.L. application includes the following four components:

Applicants can submit the Student Application Form one of two ways:

1. Complete the online application form here.

Or

2. Download the Student Application Form. Complete the form and submit via email to campsoul@indiana.edu or mail a printed copy to:

Camp S.O.U.L.
Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Suite 310
275 N. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405

All application materials must be submitted by April 21, 2020.

Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. Letters must be from an instructor and an unrelated adult.

Letters of recommendations can be submitted one of two ways:

1. Complete the online application form

Or

2. Download the Letter of Recommendation Form. Recommenders must submit letters via email to campsoul@indiana.edu or mail printed letters to:

Camp S.O.U.L.
Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Suite 310
275 N. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405

All application materials must be submitted by April 21, 2020.

Applicants must submit a copy of their most recent report card to be considered for admission. A minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 is required.

Report cards should be submitted one of two ways:

1. Complete the online application form

Or

2. Email a copy of the report card to campsoul@indiana.edu or mail a paper copy to:

Camp S.O.U.L.
Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Suite 310
275 N. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405

All application materials must be submitted by April 21, 2020.

Applicants must audition to be considered for admission.

You may audition one of two ways:

Option 1: Virtual Audition

After completing the online application, you will receive a confirmation email that includes information to schedule a virtual audition. Auditions will be conducted by Director Ignoisco Miles via Zoom video call.

Option 2: Video Submission

If you cannot participate in a virtual audition, you may record a video of your audition and email a link to your video (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) to nosimiles@gmail.com by the deadline.

For Vocalists, record yourself performing the following:

  1. Sing any song of your choosing that best demonstrates your vocal ability.
  2. Listen to "Better is One Day" by Trey McLaughlin. Find your vocal part (soprano, alto, tenor, or bass). Singing along with the track, record your respective vocal part. Click here to listen to the song on YouTube.

For Rhythm Section instrumentalists, record yourself performing the following:

  1. Play any song of your choosing that best demonstrates your abilies.
  2. Listen to "Sweet Thing" by Chak Kahn. Playing along with track, pick out your instrumental part and play down the form. Click here to listen to the song on YouTube.

For Horn Section instrumentalists, record yourself performing the following:

  1. Play a song of your choice.
  2. Perform scales from lowest to highest note possible.

With questions, contact Director Miles at 317-457-4651 or email campsoul@indiana.edu.

All application materials must be submitted by April 21, 2020.

Contact

Ignoisco Miles, Director
Phone: 317-457-4651
Email: nosimiles@gmail.com

For general inquiries and questions, email campsoul@indiana.edu.