Auditions set for summer program

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain is accepting online applications and scheduling auditions for the state’s premier arts academy for high school students.

Held June 8-23, the program is taught by nationally renowned artists and offers instruction in acting, chorus, creative writing, dance, drawing and painting, film and video, orchestra, and photography. Every accepted student automatically receives a full scholarship to the program. Auditions are held from Jan. 19-Feb. 11, with scheduling now open at

Auditions will be held in 13 cities across the state: Altus, Ardmore, Bartlesville, Edmond, Idabel, Lawton, McAlester, Norman, Oklahoma City, Owasso, Tulsa, Stillwater and Woodward.

Accepted students spend two weeks studying with award-winning faculty from across the United States. Former OSAI faculty members have included winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards. This year’s faculty includes Guggenheim Fellow and National Book Critics Circle Award nominee Jane Shore, renowned fashion and portrait photographer Kurt Markus, and New York City-based actor, playwright, and director Grace Kiley.

“Through my time at OSAI, I have grown from a nervous, wannabe-artist into someone confident in my abilities as a writer,” said Kat Bates, a 2018 creative writing student. “I now know that I have what it takes to pursue art, whether or not it is my primary career, and truly contribute something worthwhile to the world.”

To attend OSAI, applicants must be enrolled in an Oklahoma public school, private school, or home-school program and must be 15 years old by September 1, 2019. Graduating seniors are eligible. For more information about OSAI, including audition schedule and discipline requirements, visit

The Oklahoma Arts Institute is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1977, with a mission to provide exceptional multidisciplinary arts experiences that develop individual talent and inspire a lifelong passion for the arts. In addition to the Summer Arts Institute, OAI administers a series of continuing education workshops for adults every fall.