, Muskogee, OK


June 28, 2014

MHS students studied with famous artists this month

LONE WOLF — Two Muskogee High School students have earned spots at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain (OSAI), held June 14 to today, a media release states.

Sarah Allen is studying photography at OSAI, and Trae Havens is studying acting.

Students are studying with nationally renowned artists from across the U.S. Muskogee students received full scholarships to the program, worth more than $2,500 each.

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 attended a variety of performances, lectures, and demonstrations.

This is the program’s thirty-eighth 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.

Muskogee students work closely with faculty artists.

Muskogee students were chosen to attend OSAI through competitive statewide auditions, with nearly 1,000 students auditioning for just 270 spots.

OSAI culminated in ONSTAGE Weekend, this past Friday and Saturday.

The weekend consists of concerts, performances, film screenings, and gallery exhibitions where every OSAI student has a chance to display their work.

All ONSTAGE events are free and open to the public.

A performance schedule is available at or (405) 605-7500.

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