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2017 Camp S.O.U.L

About Camp S.O.U.L. (Students Obtaining Unique musical Levels)

We hope you join us for Camp S.O.U.L. 2018, which will be held Sunday, June 10, 2018 through Friday, June 15, on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Talented high school students (i.e. vocalists, instrumentalists, spoken word artists, etc.) will be selected to spend 6 days studying Negro spirituals, blues, jazz, gospel, R&B, soul, funk and hip hop—African American art forms. Under Director Ignoisco Miles, students will study with music professionals, IU faculty, staff and graduate students affiliated with Indiana University’s African American Arts Institute. Student participants will also gain insight about academic requirements and financial aid resources at Indiana University. Camp S.O.U.L. ultimately 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 by participating in the African American Arts Institute.


Director, Mr. Ignoisco Miles

Ignoisco Miles is an independent artist and professional living in Los Angeles, California. He has gained hands-on experience practicing and teaching within the Black performance traditions through his studies and work under Dr. Tyron Cooper, former director of the IU Soul Revue. His passion for performance and ongoing examination of Black artistic expression has compelled him to forward his education as a master's student in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies. Miles holds a B.A. in Theatre from Indiana University. To date he 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. Miles' talent as a vocalist, actor, dancer, playwright, and director continues to be sought after for vocal ensembles and groups, workshops, and professional theatre productions, including Chicago and The Five Heartbeats.

Apply for Camp S.O.U.L. 2018

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2018

Applicants must submit the following materials by the deadline:

  • Camp S.O.U.L. Student Application Form
  • Two letters of recommendation. Letters must be written by an instructor and an unrelated adult.
  • Copy of most recent report card. A minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 is required.

Click here to apply for Camp S.O.U.L. 2018 online.

Or you can submit your application via email or mail. If you prefer this option, complete the following steps:

  1. Download the Camp S.O.U.L. Student Application Form (Word document)
  2. Download the Recommendation Letter Form (Word document)
  3. Submit completed forms and copy of your transcript via email to campsoul@indiana.edu, or mail to:

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

With questions, contact Director Miles at 317-710-7133 or email campsoul@indiana.edu

Audition for Camp S.O.U.L. 2018

In addition to your application, you must record and submit a video audition to be considered for admission

You can either attach the video to the online application, or email a link to your video to campsoul@indiana.edu by April 1, 2018.

For Vocalists, record yourself performing the following:

  • Listen to "Sweet Thing" by Chaka Kahn. Find your vocal part (soprano, alto, or tenor) and sing the Chorus and Bridge. Click here to listen to the song on YouTube.
  • Sing another song of your choice that best demonstrates your abilities.

For Rhythm Section instrumentalists, record yourself performing the following:

  • Listen to "Sweet Thing" by Chak Kahn. Find and play your part. Click here to listen to the song on YouTube.
  • Play another song of your choice that best demonstrates your abilities.

For Horn Section instrumentalists, record yourself performing the following:

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

With any questions, contact Director Miles at 317-710-7133 or email campsoul@indiana.edu

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