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Four Seniors Respond About Their Idyllwild Arts Experience

This week we continue our conversation with four more graduating Idyllwild Arts Seniors and their experience at Idyllwild Arts – what they’ve experienced, lessons they learned and where they’re going next year.

Corbin a Music major, Mauricio a Dance major, Paulina a Musical Theatre Major and Anna a Moving Pictures major took the time to answer our questions. They each have taken full advantage of their time at Idyllwild Arts Academy to learn about their art and themselves while looking towards the future and the lessons to be learned here.

1. Tell me about your experience at IAA? How has it affected you as an artist, dancer, performer or musician?

Corbin: My time at IAA has allowed me to mature in a way that took me off depending on my parents for things, and realizing that if I need to get something done the only person that is going to make that happen is me. This has affected my music by making me go after my own musical education proactively, as opposed to simple waiting for people to feed it to me. This is also the lesson that I have learned here that will stay with me far beyond the short time I spent at Idyllwild Arts.

Mauricio: I think it was amazing and awesome. At the beginning I wasn’t sure if it was the place for me. I’m a post-grad but I didn’t want to take academics I just wanted to dance. This school embraced me.  I didn’t know anyone and I missed my family and friends. It was a huge change. Also, I only had a year of English before coming to Idyllwild so it was really challenging to be immersed in a new language.

Additionally, at Idyllwild Arts there’s a huge connection to the Dance community and opportunities for doing more beyond school. I danced with Inland Pacific Ballet and competed to the semi-finals in the Spotlight Awards. The teachers here are the best and it was a good opportunity to study with Patrick Frantz, who is the founder of the Pittsburg Ballet, I had no idea of the quality of faculty I would study with before coming here. The faculty is equal to those at universities and other dance programs.

Paulina: My experience at IAA has been extremely multifaceted. Moving away from home and coming to a community like this at the age of fourteen was an odd, yet rewarding experience. The people, as well as the curriculum at Idyllwild Arts have been the building blocks to my character. Powerful and supportive mentors (both within the department and outside) have provided me with support, advice, guidance, and tough love that surpass anything I have experienced. These past four years have undoubtedly been the most influential of my life thus far, and I attribute the majority of that to the wonderful people I have had the honor of experiencing, the classes I have had the privilege of participating in, the performances I’ve had the privilege of attending, and the community I have been gifted enough to thrive in. All of my experiences here have influenced my art, and studying under the guidance of Howard Shangraw has made me in to a better performer, person, and artist.

Anna: I came as a semester student in my junior year. It’s been exciting and very different from my old school as I left to pursue a career in science. I want to be a bio medical engineer. At my old school my dean wanted me to drop theater as it was “useless”. Creativity is a huge part of my life and even though I’m not going to pursue the arts in school I need the arts. I had been here once for the Summer Program for “Acting for the Camera” so I knew that Idyllwild Arts would be a good option for me. When I auditioned for the school, I initially thought I would be in the theatre program but I afterward Marek suggested I be part of the Film program and that has worked out perfectly.

Being in the Moving Pictures department is natural. My family is actively involved in the film industry but I had never been a part of it myself. On my first day in the Moving Pictures department I had a camera put in my hands and was given instructed in how to shoot a scene following standard rules. I was instantly encouraged to become involved in the filmmaking process and just do it. It wasn’t about theory as the Moving Pictures program makes you learn by doing and to be engaged.

2. What’s been the most critical lesson that you’ve learned as a student? Is it something in the academics or the arts?

Corbin: This school gives students every opportunity to succeed, but it is also arguably easier to not take it seriously, and allow the experience to instead hinder a student’s potential. I learned I needed to have the drive for this school to work in positive way. If at least a part of everyday isn’t solely dedicated to a student’s art in some way I have found that there is usually a lack of drive or desire, which is only detrimental to a career in art. Therefore, Idyllwild showed me that I had that push to dedicate myself to music, and that using the resources provided by the school, I can advance incredibly fast. This work ethic is something that was given to me by this school, and is a habit I’ll take with me to the Eastman School of Music, as well as wherever else my future leads me.

Mauricio: I’ve learned to work hard and never give up. There’s not a lot of competition here as we’re all friends. Outside though there is a lot of competition and people who are always better. Other students started calling me a “bunhead” as I would get to class early and start working and warming up. I’ve only been dancing ballet for the last two years so I’ve really had to fight to catch up. It’s been important to open my horizons and see what else is out there. Building contacts with teachers inside the dance world makes a huge difference.

Paulina: I would say that the most critical lesson I had to learn was to be independent. Admittedly, I come from a family who wants to give me the world and more; so coming here and not having that forced me to grow up very quickly. This was a valuable and critical lesson that I NEEDED to learn before college, and I am so thankful that I can fully take care of myself.

Anna: It’s a combination. I grew up with a philosophy of doing one thing really well. Here you do everything. You do your physics homework and learn how to make a film. I’ve learned a lot about concentration and time management.  Also, my first big lesson was remembering to eat dinner. Last year I had to make sure that I learned to stop filming before the dining hall closed and go and eat a meal.

3. Where have you been accepted and where are you planning to attend college/university/conservatory or art school? How did Idyllwild Arts education prepare you for the college audition/application process?

Corbin: I was accepted at the Eastman School of Music, Cal State Long Beach, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, and wait listed at the Curtis Institute of Music. Idyllwild helped me by supporting me every step of the way with college counselors who were on call to answer ANY question, and music faculty that pushed me every step of the way to be the best I could be.

Mauricio: I auditioned for the Pittsburg Ballet, Washington Ballet, Ballet Austin and Boston Ballet and I was accepted to Boston’s summer program with a full-scholarship. So I’m going to Boston Ballet this summer and then will have to find a place to live and a job to help pay the rent to stay and study with them afterwards. I did attend the senior seminars but chose not to apply to colleges because I really want to dance and be in a ballet program.

Paulina: The theatre faculty at Idyllwild Arts prepared me (maybe even a little too much) for Chicago Unified Auditions. First semester, we met with Howard once a week to review and get critique on audition monologues. We also met with Bonnie Carpenter once a week to work on scheduling, and audition etiquette. I honestly don’t know if I would have been able to get it together as well as I did without their help.

I was accepted to Point Park University, University of Hartford (Hartt), Columbia College Chicago, Pace University, Cornish College, Birmingham School of Acting (UK), and Boston Conservatory. I will be attending Boston Conservatory (my first choice since freshman year) for the fall of 2012. I will be a student in their BFA Musical Theatre program.

Anna: The college counseling process was really helpful. I had a weird transcript since I switched schools mid-year in my junior year. Fortunately, I have great SAT scores and have tested well. I worked closely with Erin Latimer, my college counselor and she helped me gage what colleges were realistic for me to apply too.

I was accepted to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Through my college essay I was able to demonstrate my leadership skills. Erin was very helpful in helping me craft my essay. I talked about being sick and how I overcame that and how I learned that I wanted to help other people who were unwell. I demonstrated that I knew what I wanted to do. Also, I’ve been an active volunteer and worked in a retirement home where I played the harp and taught residents to play mahjong.

Also, even though I’ll be working towards a career in bio medical science I still plan on making films. It’s going to continue to be a part of my life. There’s no reason why I can’t continue to work on screenplays and continue to pursue my need to be involved in the arts.

May 25, 2012 at 10:33 am Leave a comment

2012 College & Conservatory Acceptances

College Counselor, Don Put, recently shared the acceptances to Colleges,  Conservatories & Art Schools. The complete list is published on idyllwildarts.org:

 2012 College & Conservatory Acceptances

This year Idyllwild Arts students applied to a total of 390 colleges, universities, conservatories and art schools. On average, each senior applied to seven different schools. Idyllwild Arts Academy seniors received significant acceptances to some of the nations’ top programs, including – Cooper Union, NYU-Tisch, USC, Rhode Island School of Design, The Juilliard School, UC Berkeley, Northwestern, University of Michigan, Central St. Martins and UCLA among many others. In addition, many of these students received full scholarships to schools such as NYU, Juilliard, Peabody Institute, Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory and Hofstra University. Other students were offered scholarships as well to very competitive programs across the nation.

In regards to acceptances Don stated “I’ve definitely seen surprises; that is, some students getting into a school I wouldn’t have predicted while others not getting into places I would have expected them to.  Overall, though, the trend is a more difficult environment for college applications and less ability to predict the outcome, especially for high-target schools. “

At Idyllwild Arts we’ve embraced new technology to help students with their application process. Don mentioned that “this was our first year using the web-based program, Naviance, to help students with their college/art school/conservatory applications and I think it was a valuable addition to our arsenal of tools. Naviance is a tool that compiles data like GPA, test scores, assessments, program completion, graduation plans, and career goals in one place where it can be used by students and families to make informed decisions.”

The process for applying to post-secondary education continues to become more competitive each year. Don stated “from the information I’ve seen, most colleges/universities/art schools/conservatories received approximately 7% – 11% more applications this year than last, and this seems to be a trend that started a few years ago.”  It takes an active and engaged student to compete in a process that only becomes more competitive with each passing year.

May 18, 2012 at 9:36 am Leave a comment

Juniors – Time to Plan Your College/Conservatory/University Search

From Don Put, College Counselor:

In the upcoming months, Erin, Nelms, and I, the college counseling staff at Idyllwild Arts, will be focusing our attention on the junior class to get them started on the college search and application process.  We will have some formal meetings with them as a group, and we will also be available to meet with each student individually as we move through the second semester.  With this process in mind, we wanted to touch base with you to inform you about upcoming SAT testing for the junior class and some other pertinent information.

SAT Testing
Since these tests are still a vital part of the application process for most colleges and universities, Idyllwild Arts requires all juniors to take the exam in May.  This year, the test will be on Saturday, May 7, and the registration deadlines are April 8th (regular registration deadline) and April 22th (late registration period—extra fee involved).  Please register online at www.collegeboard.com because your student will need an account set up for score forwarding and test taking next year.  Idyllwild Arts school code (CEEB code) is 051236 and our SAT test center number is 05-317.

SAT Test Preparation
For the past four years, we have had Tobin Style, director of Perspective Educational Services, come up to campus and do an intensive, three-day SAT preparation class.  The current seniors have told me how much this class helped them and also how well presented the material was. The dates are February 18 – 20.  You can also find out more information by going to their website. While the weekend prep session is not mandatory, I strongly encourage all students to enroll. Please check with your son or daughter to make sure that he or she is free that weekend because the fee is not refundable. Students who sign up will be billed. The cost for the course, which will run from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon until about 2:30 p.m., is $225.00 per student. If you would like your child to take this course, please respond via e-mail to dput@idyllwildarts.org, or you can call me at (951) 659-2171, ext. 2322, and I will have their student account billed in the amount of $225.00.

THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR THE REVIEW WEEKEND IS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14th, 2011.
If your child cannot take this prep class, you can always find a suitable class close to home and have him or her enroll.  While spring vacation would be ideal as preparation for the May test, a summer preparation class might be easier to schedule and that would give him or her some solid grounding from which to take the required test next October.

Senior Handbook
Traditionally, we have mailed out our Senior Handbook over the summer to the seniors so they have some reference material as they plan their college application process for the fall semester of their senior year.  This year, we made the handbook available online to give the students and parents more time familiarize themselves with the college, university, and conservatory search and application process.  While the dates currently listed in the handbook are for this academic year, it will still give you a timeline that will help to ensure no deadlines are missed next fall.  To download the handbook, please go to http://idyllwildarts.org/academy/senior_handbook.pdf.  Sometimes the download takes a while (it’s a big file), so if you do not see anything immediately, please wait a few minutes for it to download fully.  Many of the common questions are covered thoroughly in the handbook, which has been put together over the past fifteen years.

Appointments with the College Counselors
As I mentioned, now is the appropriate time for juniors to begin thinking about the college search and application process that they will undertake in earnest next fall. It would be wise for all juniors to make appointments to see Erin, Nelms, or me beginning in early March to initiate discussions about college, which will enable them to implement an organized and constructive process of finding the colleges that are right for them. The college counselors are assigned to the different majors as follows:

Don:  Theatre, Visual Art, and Creative Writing
dput@idyllwildarts.org
951.659.2171, ext.2322

Erin:  Dance, Motion Pictures, and Interdisciplinary Arts
elatimer@idyllwildarts.org
951.659.2171, ext. 2324

Nelms:  Music
nelmsm@idyllwildarts.org
951.659.2171, ext. 2329

College Visits
Spring break during the junior year might be a good time to get some college visits out of the way.  If your student has some colleges in mind and you have the time to check out some of these schools in person, I strongly encourage you to do so because the senior year will be a very busy time and trips will be harder to arrange then.   There is a section in the handbook that has some good information about college visits.

As always, please feel free to contact me should you have any questions about either the SAT prep course or the early stages of your child’s college search process. Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,

Donald A. Put
Erin Latimer
Nelms McKelvain
College Counselors
Idyllwild Arts Academy
PO Box 38
Idyllwild, CA  92549

January 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm Leave a comment

Decision time 2.

Senior French horn player Kathryn is choosing between Belmont University, Juilliard, University of Texas at Austin, Eastman School of Music, USC, NYU Tisch Recording Arts Program, Boston University, Northwestern, University of Miami, McGill, Peabody, DePaul, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman, and New England Conservatory.   Wow.  Once the initial shock of that list settles in you start wondering something.  How did she have the time to apply and audition at all of those schools?!?

Well, we help our students.  We offer a structure to help students hone and polish their auditions, do great applications.  The writing teachers help with essays.  The music teachers make sure the auditions are great and that the player is poised, professional and ready to respond to whatever obstacles are thrown at them.  The transportation coordinator helps book travel so that our students can go to whatever audition they want to go to.  Our faculty invites schools to hold auditions on our campus so that students don’t have to travel.  Academic faculty think of creative ways to give assignments so that students can earn credit in classes while students are on the other side of the country playing for the Juilliard faculty.

We work as a team and the results show it!  I’ll attach the complete and final list of college acceptances here.  If you’re out there in the world wondering whether we’re still accepting applications for next year, the answer is yes!  We’re ready to add your acceptances to this list.

Alfred University
American Academy of Dramatic Art, Los Angeles
American Academy of Dramatic Art, New York
Arizona State University
Art Center College of Design
ArtEZ Dance Academy, Arnhem, The Netherlands
Bard College
Belmont University
Bennington College
Berklee College of Music
Birmingham City University (UK)
Boston Conservatory
Boston University
Brandeis University
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Northridge
California Institute of the Arts
California Lutheran University
Carnegie Mellon University
Chapman University
Cleveland Institute of Music
Codarts, Rotterdam Dance Academy, The Netherlands
College of Santa Fe
Columbia College Chicago
Cornish College of the Arts
Denison University
DePaul University
Dominican University of California
Drew University
Eckerd College
Elmira College
Eugene Lang College-The New School for Liberal Arts
Florida State University
Fordham University
Hampshire College
Hawaii Pacific University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Humboldt State University
Illinois Weslsyan University
Indiana University
John Cabot University
Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Institute
The Juilliard School
Lesley University
Lewis and Clark College
Lindenwood University
London Contemporary Dance School (United Kingdom)
Long Island University, Brooklyn
Longy School of Music
Los Angeles Film School
Lynn University
Manhattan College
Manhattan School of Music
Manhattanville College
Mannes College The New School for Music
Maryland Institute College of Art
McGill University
Muhlenberg College
New England Conservatory
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
New World School of the Arts
New York Institute of Technology BA/DO Program
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
Northern Arizona University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College Conservatory of Music
Pace University
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Palucca Schule, Dresden, Germany
Parsons, The New School for Design
Pennsylvania State University
Pitzer College
Point Park
Pratt Institute
Randolph College
Rhode Island School of Design
Rice University
Richmond, The American University of London
Ringling College of Art and Design
Rollins College
Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts
Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco Conservatory
San Francisco State University
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston
School of Visual Arts
Smith College
Southern Methodist University
Southern Oregon University
State University of New York, College at Purchase
State University of New York, Stony Brook
Stephens College
Suffolk University
Syracuse University
Texas Christian University
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University College London, Slade School of Fine Art
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Denver – Lamont School of Music
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Missouri, Columbia
University of Missouri, Kansas City
University of New Mexico
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
University of Northern Colorado
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Portland
University of Puget Sound
University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music
University of Southern California, College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music
University of Texas at Austin
University of the Arts, London Central St.Martins
University of the Arts, London, London College of Fashion
University of Jacksonville
University of Miami
University of New England
University of Puget Sound
University of Southern California, School of Theatre
University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music
University of Utah
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Vancouver Film School
Warren Wilson College
Webster University
Whitman College
Zacky Gordon Film Institute

April 29, 2009 at 6:07 pm Leave a comment

Decision time.

So here we are in April.  That time of year when everything seems to speed up at our school, the end of the year in sight.  We seem to have performances coming more and more quickly, sometimes there is something every night.  We’re already talking about graduation.  But always at this time during the year there are enormous decisions being made.  Life changing decisions for our seniors.  Which college acceptance do I accept?

I’ll give some examples of the decisions in process right now.   Jake is a wonderful writer, choosing between Columbia College, NYU Tisch, Depaul, Eugene Lang and Sarah Lawrence.  Hye Jin plays the flute.  Should she go to Mannes? New England Conservatory?  Oberlin? Boston Conservatory? or Peabody?  She got into them all, and with scholarship, too.

Visual Artist Megumi was accepted at Maryland Institute, University College of London, and the Slade School.  Violist Zsche is choosing between Cleveland Institute, New England Conservatory and Peabody.  Two pianists,  Alan and Gi-Young,  got into Juilliard, but USC, Peabody, Cleveland and Mannes are also vying for them!  Visual Artist Richelle is in at the Art Institute in Chicago, RISD, UCLA, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, among many others.

How do they make these decisions?  Is it better to go to a school with a great name, or a specific teacher with a great reputation, or both?  Is it better to go to a school in the middle of a cultural center so that you can take advantage of opportunities for plays, concerts and work?  Or better to go to somewhere more isolated so that you have the peace to work?

The answers are as individual as each student, but the important thing is that each of our seniors has abundant options to choose from.  The next few weeks will bring big decisions as our students decide which qualities in a college, university, or conservatory will propel them best on the next part of their journey.

Here’s the complete list (as of today)!

Alfred University
American Academy of Dramatic Art, Los Angeles
American Academy of Dramatic Art, New York
Arizona State University
Art Center College of Design
Bard College
Belmont University
Bennington College
Berklee College of Music
Birmingham City University (UK)
Boston Conservatory
Brandeis University
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Northridge
California Institute of the Arts
Cal Lutheran
Carnegie Mellon University
Chapman University
Cleveland Institute of Music
College of Santa Fe
Columbia College Chicago
Cornish College of the Arts
Denison
DePaul University
Drew University
Eckerd College
Elmira College
Eugene Lang College-The New School for Liberal Arts
Hampshire College
Hawaii Pacific University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Humboldt State University
Indiana University
John Cabot University
Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Institute
The Juilliard School
Lesley University
Lewis and Clark College
Lindenwood University
Long Island University, Brooklyn
Longy School of Music
Lynn University
Manhattan College
Manhattan School of Music
Manhattanville College
Mannes College The New School for Music
Maryland Institute College of Art
McGill University
Muhlenberg
New England Conservatory
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
New World School of the Arts
New York Institute of Technology BA/DO Program
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
Northern Arizona University
Northwestern University
Pace University
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Parsons, The New School for Design
Pennsylvania State University
Pitzer College
Point Park
Randolph College
Rhode Island School of Design
Rice University
Richmond, The American University of London
Rollins College
Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco State University
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston
School of Visual Arts
Smith College
Southern Oregon University
State University of New York, College at Purchase
State University of New York, Stony Brook
Stephens College
Suffolk University
Syracuse University
Texas Christian University
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University College London, Slade School of Fine Art
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Denver – Lamont School of Music
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
University of New Mexico
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
University of Northern Coloraod
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Portland
University of Puget Sound
University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music
University of Southern California, College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music
University of Texas at Austin
University of the Arts, London Central St.Martins
University of the Arts, London, London College of Fashion
University of Jacksonville
University of Miami
University of New England
University of Puget Sound (waitlist)
University of Southern California, School of Theatre
University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music
University of Utah
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Warren Wilson College
Webster University
Whitman College

April 9, 2009 at 6:52 pm 3 comments


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