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June 24, 2014

Moore students earn their places at the prestigious Okla. Summer Arts Institute

LONE WOLF — Years of hard work and dedication have paid off for three Moore students. They’ve earned spots at the prestigious Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, from June 14 to 29.

The Moore students are studying with nationally renowned artists from across the U.S. In conjunction with acceptance, Moore students received full scholarships to the program, worth over $2,500 each.

Olivia Branscum, a homeschooled student, is studying ballet at OSAI. Ryan Sparks, a Westmoore High School student, is studying choral music. Luke McGuire, a Moore High School student, is studying orchestra. 

“I feel that being a member of the OSAI orchestra will definitely enhance my musical career as I go on in life becoming a musician,” said McGuire. “I am looking forward to working with widely renowned teachers, and hope to become a better player after the experience.”  

At OSAI, Oklahoma high school students spend at least six hours a day studying one of nine artistic disciplines in the literary, visual and performing arts. In the evenings, they attend a variety of performances, lectures and demonstrations that give them an appreciation of the arts outside of their chosen discipline. Students from different disciplines and backgrounds study, reside and eat meals together. With so many highly motivated and talented students working together in close quarters, lifelong friendships and career-enhancing collaborations often develop..

This is the program’s 38th year, and since its inception, many famous artists have taught at OSAI. Former faculty artists include recipients of the Academy, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards. This year’s Institute boasts a renowned faculty, including Tomasz Golka, who was recently named chief conductor of the Colombian National Symphony, and Dean Irby, former acting coach for “The Cosby Show.” Moore students work closely with faculty artists, and long-term mentorships often result. 

Quartz Mountain state park has been the home of institute programs since 1978. Sandwiched between Lake Altus-Lugert and the rocky Quartz Mountains, the Arts & Conference Center boasts a 700-seat performing arts center, state-of-the-art studio pavilions, and more. Students and faculty gain inspiration from the beautiful natural setting. 

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