Idyllwild Arts Academy grad Casey Abrams, and former Idyllwild student Julie Zorilla, are the subjects of KPSP’s Katie Cagle’s story highlighting their continuing success on American Idol.
Abrams, a 2009 Idyllwild alumnus, wowed judges with his singing. Singing is just a piece of the multi-talented Abrams’ abilities. As a senior, Abrams focused on composing. “At his senior recital he was writing for french horn, trumpet, violin, piano, bass, drums,” his jazz teacher Marshall Hawkins tells KPSP.
Hawkins added, “A gift is a gift. The only thing that we did here is help him refine it.”
Abrams isn’t the only Idyllwild-American Idol connection. Fellow Idol top-24 contestant Julie Zorilla attended Idyllwild for one year before electing to return to school closer to her home.
“We have a whole school full of students like that, so we’re just thrilled that the kind of kids they are, are getting recognition,” concluded Idyllwild Arts, President and Headmaster Bill Lowman.