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June 25, 2013

Studying music at OSAI: 3 Enid students spending 2 weeks at Quartz Mountain

LONE WOLF, Okla. —  Three Enid students are spending two weeks studying music at Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain.

Sydnee Graves and Sarah Youn are 2013 graduates of Enid High School. Travon Prince will be a senior during the 2013-14 school year. Graves is studying choral music at OSAI. Youn and Prince are in the OSAI orchestra program.

At the institute, students study with artists of national renown. Each received a full scholarship worth more than $2,500 to attend.

While there, students spend at least six hours per day studying literary, visual or performing arts. In the evenings, they attend a variety of performances, lectures and demonstrations, gaining an appreciation of the arts outside of their chosen discipline. Students from different backgrounds study, reside and eat together.

With so many highly motivated and talented students working together in close quarters, lifelong friendships and career-enhancing collaborations often develop, said Annina Collier, director of public relations for OSAI.

Sarah attended OSAI four years prior to this summer.

“This is my fifth summer at OSAI,” Youn said. “Playing music with a talented group of people at the beautiful Quartz Mountain is always such a great experience. Since this is my last summer at OSAI, I plan on having the most memorable one.”

Prince and Graves both are attending for the second time.

“This is my second year to attend OSAI,” Graves said. “The first year changed my life so much that I could not wait to audition this year. Quartz is a place where you feel like everyone is family. I cannot believe that I get this amazing opportunity to be immersed in a place where everyone is as serious about their art form as I am.”

“OSAI has been a great experience,” Prince said. “OSAI has helped me become not only a much better musician, but also a well-rounded individual.”

The three auditioned for the opportunity to attend, and were among 270 chosen from more than 1,100 who auditioned.

This year’s Institute will conclude with the two-day ONSTAGE Weekend, Friday and Saturday. Concerts, performances, film screenings and gallery exhibitions where every OSAI student has a chance to display their work will all take place. All ONSTAGE events are free and open to the public, and a performance schedule is available at www.oai or (405) 605-7500.

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

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