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Hotchkiss Film Festival 2014: Opportunity for High School Filmmakers

Hotchkiss Film Festival 2014 is the third year of the festival dedicated exclusively to high school filmmakers. This year’s Festival is scheduled for Friday evening May 16th, 2014. Past Festival events and entries are on the website. A short film competition, “The Film Festival Competition is open to all high school students who currently represent [...]

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Participating in the World’s Largest and Most Prestigious Arts Festival

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School thespians will be showcased at the American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF) in Edinburgh.

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Jewel Explains What It Means To Attend an Arts Academy

What sets a pre-professional arts boarding school and a pre-preprofessional arts student apart? Drive, desire, and dedication.

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Reflecting on His Boarding School Education

Watch the full episode. See more Morning Classical Music with Suzanne Nance. Maine Public Broadcasting’s Suzanne Nance visited with Liang Wang (Idyllwild Arts Academy ’99) at length in a 36 minute interview. Interspersed with performances, the ranging interview covers his work at Bowdoin International Music Festival, his coming to America, and his work. Wang came to America [...]

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Interlochen Arts Academy Earns a Brief Mention in New York Times “The Choice” Blog

In their post “The College Decision From The Professors’ Perspective,” Lynn Jacobs and Jeremy Hyman mention Interlochen Arts Academy as an example of a strong program and how to temper and weigh collegiate expectations. “Don’t make a hobby into a deal-breaker. Whether — and how well — a college can accommodate your extracurricular interests is [...]

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Makes total sense: American Idol & Idyllwild Arts

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 [...]

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Brian D. Cohen Chosen to Lead Idyllwild Arts Foundation

Concluding an international search for a leader to replace 25 year outgoing president William M. Lowman, the Idyllwild Arts Foundation Board of Governors selected Brian Cohen to be the foundation’s new president. Artistically, Cohen is a printmaker who embodies a rare combination of practical educational and artistic experiences. He is the founder and owner of [...]

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A Spotlight Shined on the Serious Artistic Pursuits at Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Walnut Hill School for the Arts student dancers Nicole Douglas, Sarah Chin, and Alison Remmers are the subjects of a recent Boston Globe article “Leaping Into Their Passion.” Globe writer, Lenny Megliola sums it up nicely: “…In the best of possible worlds, all three will be ballerinas on world stages some day. It’s a tough [...]

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Idyllwild Arts Academy Katrina Students Reflect on Finding Steady Ground After the Storm

Back in the fall of 2005 as families fled New Orleans, one of the pressing questions was ‘where will the students of displaced families go to school?’ A little piece of the Katrina diaspora story are the students who found post-storm grounding in boarding schools. Idyllwild Arts Academy opened its arms and wrapped them around [...]

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William M. Lowman Idyllwild President and Headmaster Announces Retirement

We recently learned that William Lowman, Idyllwild Arts President/Headmaster and founding head of Idyllwild Arts Academy, a performing arts boarding school, will retire effective June 30, 2010 (correction: June 30, 2011). Mr. Lowman assumed leadership of Idyllwild in 1985 as the school became independent from the University of Southern California. Idyllwild prospered and grew during his [...]

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New Hampton School Offers Songwriting & Recording Workshop As Afternoon Activity

Broadening student afternoon pursuits from the traditional athletics (and, sometimes, performing arts) as school sanctioned, required afternoon activities, New Hampton School offers Musicians Workshop. The Workshop gives students the opportunity to pursue their musical and songwriting talents under the structured guidance of faculty member, Mr. Mathison. Participating requires a seriousness on the part of students. [...]

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onBoarding Schools Just Got a Little Bit Bigger!

Last year our readership grew immeasurably through the contributions of the Boarding School Mom, Marylou Marcus, Tom O’Dell and Leo Marshall. This year we’re thrilled to announce that the lineup gets even bigger by expanding our coverage with the addition of voices and views from members of the boarding school community. A fantastic stable of [...]

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Director Brings His Zest for Theater to Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

After directing success in Atlanta, Sam Ross and his wife Elizabeth moved cross country to  La Cañada Flintridge.  Since moving from Atlanta about 10 years ago, Ross has been working to bring his Shakespeare company, the La Cañada Flintridge Shakespeare Festival and Conservatory program to life. Arriving in La Cañada Flintridge, Ross discovered the Flintridge [...]

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A Visit to San Domenico School

Many thanks to the admission office at San Domenico School for giving me a tour of the campus during a recent visit to the Bay Area. You can see what I saw by viewing the photo gallery below. If you’re not familiar with San Domenico, it’s a Catholic K-12 school in San Anselmo, CA that [...]

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A Walnut Hill School & Julliard Alumnus in the News

We’ve mentioned Walnut Hill School quite a bit over the past year- particularly in our piece about pre-professional arts schools and we were duly impressed when we read  “Juilliard-trained composer has a ‘musical gift’” in The Daily News of Newburyport. Newburyport resident Daniel Colson attended Walnut Hill and Julliard finishing with a master’s degree in [...]

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