Indiana University’s Camp S.O.U.L. attracts talented high school students from around the nation each summer.
Under the direction of Tyron Cooper, an assistant professor in IU’s Department of African American & African Diaspora Studies and the winner of two regional Emmy awards, student vocalists, instrumentalists, spoken-word artists and dancers spend six days studying black sacred and secular music from the 18th century to the present.
Students also have the opportunity to meet with IU faculty, staff and graduate students to learn more about college life and the campus of IU Bloomington. “Dr. Cooper is full of wisdom,” said Peyton Womock, a four-time Camp S.O.U.L. attendee. “He taught me a lot about getting into college, and not just how to be a good musician, but how to become a better person.” Camp S.O.U.L. culminates with a public performance at Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. “It’s really an encouragement for audience members who can sit and see the extent of what they’ve learned,” Cooper said. “I think they were blown away – just as I was.” Camp S.O.U.L. is sponsored by IU’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Multicultural Affairs and the African-American Arts Institute.