Oklahoma City — Seven Ada students have been accepted to the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at QuartzMountain, a prestigious arts academy held in June in southwestern Oklahoma.
Madee Mcgill, Avery Carroll and Carli Manwell will study modern dance; Aubrey Halford will study choral music; and Peter Biles will study creative writing. Cole MacCollister and Jackson Davis were selected as alternates.
The Ada students were among 270 talented artists selected through competitive statewide auditions from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants. In conjunction with acceptance, attending students receive full scholarships to the program worth over $2,500 each.
Scholarships and program funding are provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Oklahoma Arts Council and various foundations, corporations and individuals.
OSAI, to be held June 14 - 29, provides training with award-winning artists in nine disciplines 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.”