LONE WOLF — Creativity abounds for two weeks in the southwestern Oklahoma terrain as an elite group of 270 young Oklahoma artists, including six students from Muskogee and Fort Gibson, develop their individual talents. Oklahoma’s Official School of the Arts, the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain (OSAI), accepted Muskogee-area students to study in its unique arts educational program being held June 8-23. 

The following Muskogee-area students are in residence at Quartz Mountain:

Fort Gibson High School — Sam Fugate.

Muskogee High School — Phillip Bruch, Madison Goodyear, Noah Holden, Kayleigh Langley and Ali Munzenrider.

Chosen through competitive auditions, students attending OSAI experience a unique creative interaction with peers from across the state. The Institute provides world-class arts instruction to Oklahoma’s most talented high school students in a creatively charged and natural environment. Students study for six hours per day in one of eight disciplines in the literary, visual and performing arts. Evening performances, faculty showcases and demonstrations allow students the opportunity to interact with each discipline. 

“My third and final year as a Creative Writing student at OSAI is going to be bittersweet; I am not ready to say goodbye to this amazing place. Nonetheless, I am eager to take advantage of every last opportunity at camp this summer,” Fugate said. “I will never forget all of the friendships and memories I've made and how much OSAI has helped me grow as both a poet and a person.”

Each student accepted to OSAI attends on full scholarship. Students study, reside, and build community during this two-week institute, creating lifelong friendships and setting students on a course for future engagement with the arts. 

“I am beyond excited to be able to take part in this prestigious camp,” Bruch said. “The camp itself is not only widely known for its incredible talent with the campers but for the amazing conductors and renowned music professors. I am thrilled to be able to get some new music and new skills under my belt!” 

Quartz Mountain Nature Park is set in the Wichita Mountains of southwestern Oklahoma by Lake Altus-Lugert. 

“In the fall, I will begin a journey to become a music teacher at Northeastern State University,” Goodyear said. “The opportunity to grow and expand my musical knowledge at OSAI this summer will be absolutely instrumental in shaping me into who I am hoping to become.” 

The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute culminates in ONSTAGE Weekend, a series of performances showcasing each student’s work at the Institute. Performances and gallery openings are open to the public with no charge for admission. All students will be featured in final performances or presentations during ONSTAGE Weekend June 21-22. A full public performance schedule can be found online at oaiquartz.org/student-performances.

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