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Camp S.O.U.L

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. 2017, which will be held Sunday, June 11, 2017, through Friday, June 16, 2017, on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Talented high school students (i.e. vocalists, instrumentalists, spoken word artists, dancers, 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. 2017

Admission to Camp S.O.U.L. is free and includes room and board in the residence halls, meals, and entertainment.
Note: Transportation to and from Bloomington, Indiana, will NOT be provided.

To be admitted, students must apply. The deadline to apply for Camp S.O.U.L. is May 12, 2017

Completed applications will include:

  • Completed Camp S.O.U.L. Student Application Form
  • Two letters of recommendation. Letters must be from an instructor and an unrelated adult.
  • Copy of most recent report card. A minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 is required.
  • Video audition (read instructions below).

Video Audition Instructions

You must submit a video audition along with your application.
When filming your video, state the following information at the beginning:

  • Your name
  • Year in school
  • Vocal part (vocalists only)
  • Instruments played (instrumentalists only)
  • Perform a song of your choice

In addition to performing a song of your choice, you must demonstrate the following in your audition video:

For vocalists, learn "Total Praise" by Richard Smallwood - click here to listen to the song - and sing your vocal part from the hook to the end.

For horns, play scales from lowest to highest note.

For rhythm, sight read (if possible).

The following video types will be accepted for submission:

  • YouTube or Vimeo video link
  • Video file (.mov or .mp4)
  • Mailed DVD

How to Apply

You may apply for Camp S.O.U.L. one of two ways:

  • Complete the online application, or
  • Download the application forms and submit via email or U.S. mail.

Click here to fill out the Camp S.O.U.L Student Application online


Download a copy of the application
Download letter of recommendation forms

Applications and recommendations may be sent as email attachments to, or mailed to

Camp S.O.U.L.
African American Arts Institute
275 N Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405

For more information or assistance email or call 317-457-4651.

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