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June 21, 2014

Stars in the making

LONE WOLF — Surrounded by a gorgeous, rocky expanse and calm blue lake, students from across Oklahoma have gathered once again to do what they do best — be “artistic nerds” who are bubbling with creativity and talent.

At the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, students are free to be themselves and let passion envelope their daily focus while working with their peers. Located in the Quartz Mountains, the prestigious two-week residential summer academy brings the most talented students in the state together to learn from renowned professionals in nine disciplines. The summer institute will run through June 29.  

Twenty-six students from Norman Public Schools are attending the summer camp. Students from Norman High School include: Noah Alpers, Maddie Breedlove, Olivia Heath, Ethan Hoagland, Nayoung Kwak, Julian Palmer and Julia Weldon. Students from Norman North High School include: Emily Curtis, Hannah Harrell, Reagan Hayes, Ben Hsu, Ian Kennedy, Amanda Kinnamon, Mitch Mason, Ohvia Muraleetharan, Kennedy Patrick, Jacob Rabon the IV, Devin Sunday, Merhawit Tsegay, Hannah Tullius, Colton Wallace, Katherine Wang, Tina Wu, Annie Yin and Angela Zhu. And Leah Hill is homeschooled in Norman.

Breedlove is studying choral music for her fourth year in a row. She recently graduated from Norman High School and plans to continue studying vocal performance at the University of Oklahoma. Breedlove said that OSAI had taught her a whole skill set that she would continue to utilize as she moves forward with her vocal studies.

“The biggest challenge so far here is blending. There are so many unique voices, we have to blend together to form one sound,” she explained. “I’ve learned the proper techniques and how to get along with everyone. Camp teaches you to find similarities between performers.”

The Oklahoma Arts Institute is part of a public-private partnership. Major funding is provided by private donations secured by the Arts Institute with matching funds from the Oklahoma State Department of Education and additional support from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation.

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