Butler Community Arts School: Double Reed Camp

June 4 - 9, 2023

2023 Double Reed Camp: June 4-9  (Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM) 

Lilly Hall at Butler University

Tuition: $400 commuter (includes lunch daily); $750 residential (includes dorm stay and 3 meals per day)

Registration deadline: May 1


Please join us for Butler University’s Double Reed Camp 2023! Double the reed, double the fun – and that goes doubly for both oboe and bassoon! Led by camp co-directors, Professors Doug Spaniol (bassoon) and Pam Ajango (oboe) and other teaching artists, Double Reed Camp promises to be full of great music, instruction, reeds (double!), and some surprises along the way. Don’t miss this opportunity – we can’t wait to welcome you! At least one year of prior experience on your instrument required.


  • 1-2 minutes including your favorite piece and one scale of your choice
  • Email placement audition to BCAS@butler.edu
  • Video, audio file, or link to YouTube, Google Drive or another sharing platform are all acceptable methods. (Using your phone is just fine!)

Meet the Artistic Directors!

Dr. Douglas SpaniolHailed as a ‘master pedagogue and researcher’ (The Double Reed), Doug Spaniol (he/him), is Professor of Music at Butler University where he teaches bassoon and related classes. At Butler, he has held a variety of other positions including Interim Associate Dean of the Jordan College of Fine Arts, Interim Chair of the School of Music, Assistant Chair of the School of Music, and Vice-Chair of the Faculty Senate. He also serves as Instructor of Bassoon at Interlochen Arts Camp each summer. He has twice been a visiting professor at The Ohio State University and previously served on the faculty at Valdosta State University.

Professor Pam AjangoProfessor Pamela Ajango is the Instructor of Oboe at Butler University, joining the faculty in 2013. She teaches oboe, chamber music, and instrumental techniques, and has served as interim area coordinator for Woodwinds. Professor Ajango has been a full-time freelance oboist for over 20 years. She is a member of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (2nd oboe/English horn), winning her tenured position in 2007. She also frequently serves as acting principal oboe of the ICO, and can be heard in that role on the ICO’s first recording release, Momentum 21. Professor Ajango is a studio musician, recording for music publishers Alfred, FJH, Hal Leonard, and many others. She can often be heard in the pit orchestras of visiting Broadway musicals, in solo and chamber music series, and with professional orchestras in and around Indiana.

Housing is provided in Butler University’s Irvington House, which is air-conditioned. Dorm check-in is Sunday evening; check-out is after the performance on Friday. Commuter campers check into camp on Monday and attend camp from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM each day. Camper information packets containing additional scheduling information, what to bring, and where to report will be emailed to all participants approximately one to two weeks prior to camp.

COVID-19 Information

  • Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change.
  • Participants agree to abide by all public health guidelines that may be in effect during summer 2023, including directives by local/state government, Butler University, CDC and American Camp Association.
  • At this time, all participants will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the start of the Intensive.
  • While there are many unknowns in this ever-changing landscape, we are confident that we will provide a safe and educational experience for our participants.

Registration form, $50 non-refundable deposit, and remaining tuition are due in full by May 1.  Payment plans available. Payment can be made online by selecting “Make a Payment” on the BCAS homepage. All refund requests must be submitted via email to BCAS@butler.edu. No refunds will be issued after May 1. Late applications may be accepted on the basis of available space.

Need-based tuition assistance available. You may apply in the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or 317-940-5500 with any questions.