OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., — The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain (OSAI) is currently accepting online applications and scheduling auditions for the state’s premier arts academy for high school students. Held June 14 – 29, the program is taught by nationally renowned artists and offers instruction in acting, creative writing, ballet, modern dance, orchestra, chorus, drawing/painting, photography, and film/video. Every accepted student automatically receives a full scholarship to the program, worth over $3,000. Auditions begin in January at locations across the state, with scheduling available at www.oaiquarz.org
OSAI students are taught by award-winning faculty from across the U.S. Former OSAI faculty members have included winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards. This year’s faculty includes Dean Irby (former acting coach for The Cosby Show) and Connie Imboden, whose photographs are featured in the permanent collections of museums all over the world, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
“OSAI is the highlight of my year,” said Bailey Pelletier, a Navajo High School student. “I love growing musically with the other students— I can’t imagine Quartz Mountain not being a part of my life.”
To attend OSAI, applicants must be enrolled in an Oklahoma public school, private school, or home-school program and must be at least 15 years old by September 1, 2014. Graduating seniors are eligible. For more information about OSAI, including audition requirements and audition scheduling, visit www.oaiquartz.org
The Oklahoma Arts Institute is a private, non-profit organization with a mission to provide exceptional multidisciplinary arts experiences that develop individual talent and inspire a lifelong passion for the arts. Founded in 1977, OAI administers programs for youths, adults, and educators at the Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center in southwest Oklahoma.