MOORE — Five Moore students have been accepted to the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, a prestigious arts academy held in June in southwestern Oklahoma.
Luke Mcguire, a Moore High School student, will study orchestra; Olivia Branscum, a homeschooled student, will study ballet; Ryan Sparks, a Westmoore High School student, will study choral music; and Erin Melton, a Westmoore High School student was accepted into the modern dance program. Steven Higgins, a Southmoore High School student, was selected as an alternate in the orchestra program.
The Moore students were among 270 artists selected through competitive statewide auditions from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants. In conjunction with acceptance, attending students receive full scholarships to the program worth over $2,500 each. Scholarships and program funding are provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and various foundations, corporations, and individuals.
OSAI, to be held June 14-29, provides training with award-winning artists in nine disciplines of the literary, visual, and performing arts. OSAI faculty artists have included winners of the Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. This year's faculty includes Tomasz Golka, chief conductor of the Colombian National Symphony, and Dean Irby, former acting coach for the hit television series “The Cosby Show.”