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April 16, 2014

Norman students accepted to arts institute

OKLAHOMA CITY — Forty-nine Norman high school students have been accepted to the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, an arts academy hosted June 14-29 in southwestern Oklahoma.

The Norman students were among 270 artists selected through competitive statewide auditions from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants. Attending students will receive full scholarships to the program, worth more than $2,500 each.

The following area students were accepted to OSAI:

· Norman High School: Kylie Anderson — acting; Nayoung Kwak, Mary Caroline Peek, Isaac Reynolds, Ruth Kennedy — ballet; Maddie Breedlove, Jonathan Craig — choral music; Ethan Hoagland — creative writing; Noah Alpers, Julian Palmer — film/video; Jeralyn Magno, Julia Weldon — orchestra; Greta Fiedler, Hannah Grillot, Olivia Heath, Ashley Lee, Andrew Meiller, Antonia Offen, Grayson Rushing, Tara Scarberry, Rebecca Stowe, Isaac Yates, Jamie Yu — alternates

· Norman North High School: Merhawit Tsegay — acting; Hannah Tullius — choral music; Reagan Hayes, Colton Wallace — film/video; Ben Hsu, Ian Kennedy, Amanada Kinnamon, Mitch Mason, Ohvia Muraleetharan, Kennedy Patrick, Devin Sunday, Katherine Wang, Annie Yin — orchestra; Madeline Armor, Emily Curtis, Hannah Curtis, Grasyn Fuller, Sami Feronti, Sadie Gorham, Hannah Harrell, Allison Pugh, Jacob Rabon IV, Arwin Wang, Tina Wu, Angela Zhu — alternates

· Homeschooled: Leah Hill — ballet

OSAI provides training with award-winning artists in nine areas 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.”

The students’ scholarships and program funding are provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Oklahoma Arts Council and various foundations, corporations and individuals.

The OAI is a private, nonprofit organization developed in 1977, with a mission to provide exceptional multidisciplinary arts experiences that develop individual talent and inspire a passion for the arts.

OAI administers a program for talented Oklahoma youth every June and a series of continuing education workshops for adults every fall.

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