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Imagine a high school that has perfected the art of arts education. It's Idyllwild Arts Academy, a close-knit, working community of students and teachers whose passion for the arts is balanced by a dedication to learning. Idyllwild Arts offers a disciplined college preparatory program for grades 9-12 and post-graduatesalong with world-class training in creative writing, dance, film & video, interdisciplinary arts, music, theatre and visual art.


  • IdyllwildA R T S ACA D E M Y

  • You dream about the life you want. You know you can make it happen someday.

    Now imagine a school where you can live that life, a place where you can reach

    the heights youre dreaming aboutnow. If this is your dream, then Idyllwild

    Arts Academy is your dream come true. Imagine living, working and study-

    ing in a community of people like yourselfa community powered by talent,

    driven by dreams, a community of students and teachers who are passionate

    about the arts. That is the Idyllwild Arts Academy, the only arts-based board-

    ing school on the West Coast, and one of only three independent boarding

    high schools (grades 9-12) for the arts in the United States. At Idyllwild, the

    arts infuse and inform all aspects of your life and learning, whether you are

    deep in rehearsals, immersed in a project, learning French in preparation for

    a trip to France or exploring advanced concepts in math. We look at the world

    as you do, through the eyes of an artist. That is what we mean by an arts-

    based education. We are dreamers here, but serious ones. The work is hard.

    We offer you a rigorous college-preparatory education as well as world-class

    training and opportunities in the fine and performing artsthe possibilities

    are boundless.

    We are dreamers here, but serious ones.

  • Throughout the day, we challenge you to think critically and search deeply for connections.

    We are here to educate the whole you. In fact, although we divide the school day between

    academic courses (which begin at 8:00 and run until 1:00) and specific arts training (which

    varies by discipline and occupies the afternoon and, often, the evening), we make no

    distinction in our approach to education between you as an academic student and you as

    an arts major.

    At Idyllwild, you are simply yourself, and you will find the artists perspective as pervasive

    in your academic courses as in your arts training. In the words of one of our academic

    department heads, We see artists as the prime movers of our culture, and we work hard to

    impart that belief to our students.

    Throughout the day, we challenge you to think critically and search deeply for connections.

    The intellectual environment is similar to collegewe encourage you to work hard and to

    be responsible for your choices. Youll find your teachers supportive and eager to help you

    work independently. Because our academic curriculum includes the traditional sequence

    of English, history, math, science, foreign language and physical education courses, you will

    graduate ready to enter top colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. If you

    are an international student, our English as a Second Language (ESL) program will prepare

    you for higher education in the United States.

    A R T S & A C A D E M I C S

  • You will also be prepared to compete for admission to world-class conservatories, art schools and professional companies.

    Our arts program provides demanding pre-professional training in dance, music, visual art, theatre, moving pictures,

    and creative writing. You can major in any of these disciplines or combine your interests as an Interdisciplinary Arts major.

    While the curriculum varies according to discipline, the work required by each department reflects our commitment to

    training the whole artist. Your teachers at Idyllwild are professionals who will work closely with you to help you develop

    the skill, discipline and knowledge to mature as an artist. As one arts teacher remarked, Students reach plateaus at

    Idyllwild, but we dont let them stay there.

    Whatever your passion, we will challenge you to work to your highest level of achievement and share with you pride in

    your accomplishments.

  • Think of yourself here as an apprentice in the writers craft,

    striving to master the intricacies of giving voice, style and

    form to imagination and emotion. It is difficult, painstaking

    and exhilarating work. You will learn to read closely, think

    critically and practice disciplined revision.



  • In workshops you will develop the writing and

    language skills to explore a variety of literary

    genres and the vocabulary to offer intelligent,

    supportive feedback to your fellow writers.

    We will encourage your creative powers and

    prepare you for the demands of competitive

    college writing programs.

    C R E AT I V E W R I T I N G

  • Faculty members are professional writers and teachers who will work closely

    with you as you hone your craft and experience the process of literary creation.

    Together, you can design independent study projects focused on your particular

    interests. Specialized literature courses, focusing on analytical skills and the

    study of technique, complement the writing workshops because we want you

    to understand the relationship between meaning and an authors choice of

    narrative style, point of view, structure and characterization. Masterclasses

    by guest artists such as international bestselling author Brady Udall and

    Colorado Prize for Poets winner G.C. Waldrep provide insight into the writing

    life, while workshops with faculty and writers-in-residence allow you to study

    a wide variety of genres in depth, from poetry and fiction to playwriting and

    screenwriting. Students studying playwriting collaborate with the Theatre

    Department for a staged reading of their work.

    All students regularly give public readings, submit work to important writing

    contests for high school students as well as print and online journals, and apply

    for summer program scholarships. Other professional experiences, such as off

    campus events and funding opportunities, are pursued.

    ...from poetry and fiction to playwriting and screenwriting.

  • As a young dancer, youve been

    dreaming about your future. When

    you arrive at Idyllwild, you will find

    your vision enlarging to embrace new

    opportunities. Our job is not simply

    to train you as a dancer, but to help

    you discover your natural role in the

    world of professional dance. Free to

    focus on and experiment with dance,

    many of our dance majors reshape

    their childhood dreams.


  • Rigorously trained ballet students may blossom in

    jazz or modern dance. Students once intent on lives as

    performers sometimes discover that they were born

    to choreograph. Whatever direction your dream takes

    you, as an Idyllwild dancer, you will have the technical

    and artistic versatility to succeed. Our curriculum

    concentrates on both technical expertise and artistic

    expression. At the core is ballet, which provides an

    appreciation of beauty, the joy of movement and

    an awareness of the human body as a finely tuned

    instrument. You will prepare for the stage by working

    daily on the artistic aspects of theatrical dancing: style

    and projection, phrasing and musicality. By applying

    the laws of physics to the principles of classical ballet,

    we help you acquire healthy and efficient movement

    habits. You will then apply these skills to the other

    dance techniques you will study every week, such as

    modern and jazz. Through the classwork in modern

    dance, you will learn to use weight, gravity, space and

    D A N C E

  • Whatever direction your dream takes you... you will have the technical and artistic versatility to succeed.

    momentumall natural sources for movementas

    the basis for technical ability and choreographic

    creativity. With its emphasis on the articulation of the

    torso and pelvis, modern dance training will help you

    develop the strong and supple body necessary for a

    long career.

    Our schedule also includes classes in dance composi-

    tion, anatomy, body conditioning, tap, dance history,

    music for dancers and dance appreciation. As part of

    our injury prevention program, you will be evaluated

    individually once a year by a kinesiology consultant,

    and you will learn the best ways to accelerate your

    progress in terms of strength and flexibility.

    All of our dance majors participate in the master

    classes offered throughout the school year by visiting

    guest teachers. Our proximity to Los Angeles and San

    Diego gives us easy access to performances by the

    worlds most renowned dance organizations.

  • ARTSInterdisciplinaryAs an Interdisciplinary Arts major at Idyllwild, collaboration and exploration

    in two or more disciplines of your choosing, will be your primary approach.

  • The goal of the Interdisciplinary Arts major at Idyllwild Arts Academy is the cultiva-

    tion of a community of thoughtful, creative and aware artists who are versatile,

    accomplished and articulate. The program is designed to provide a wide variety

    of experiences and training in two or more disciplines of the students choosing.

    In addition to the core Interdisciplinary Arts curriculum, students schedules are

    tailored to their individual interests, encompassing intensive training in at least

    two areas of the arts.

    I N T E R D I S C I P L I N A R Y A R T S

  • Students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary

    Arts program study the relationships among

    various art forms, as well as new and tradi-

    tional movements in the arts. An emphasis

    on critical thinking and evaluative skills is an

    integral part of the program.

    In the first year, the core curriculum provides an introduction to artistic apprecia-

    tion and practice and studio habits for the less experienced artist. The processes of

    creation and training are studied in depth. The Interdisciplinary Arts major is a

    place where students can explore different disciplines, leading to choice of and

    commitment to one of our pre-professional majors, or continued exploration,

    leading to a lifelong appreciation of the arts.

    An emphasis on critical thinking and evaluative skills is an integral part of the program.

  • Lights, camera, action! If you want to tell stories through

    moving images, well help you translate your ideas into

    film, video, and multimedia. In our Department of Moving

    Pictures youll hone your talent and get the solid education

    and technical expertise youll need to pursue your dream.



  • Film schools are looking for the great visual storytellers of tomorrow, people with a distinctive voice and knowledge of literature and the humanities.

    Filmmaking is a collaborative endeavor, and as you develop your projects, youll find versatile talent all around you. In addition to screenwriting,

    film history, acting for the camera, and scoring, youll learn the practical craft of production, using cutting-edge digital equipment. Youll use our

    sound stage, editing stations, and specialized software to shoot, edit, and dub your productions.

    Film schools are looking for the great visual storytellers of tomorrow...

    M O V I N G P I C T U R E S

  • Our mountaintop campus outside of Los Angeles is ideally located to tap industry talent.

    Youll work with some of the most accomplished names in the business. Recent master

    classes featured a designer (The Majestic) on creating storyboards, a key grip (About

    Schmidt) on laying dolly track, a cinematographer (Paris Is Burning) on lighting scenes,

    and an operator (Being John Malkovich) on handling a Steadicam.

    By the time you apply to leading college and university film programs, youll definitely

    have the edge.

  • As a musician, you will find an inspiring and

    encouraging haven at Idyllwild. In the solitude of

    a pine forest, your aspirations become realities.

    Our graduates are among the most serious and

    talented musicians of today who go on to the

    finest colleges and conservatories in the world.



  • Your music curriculum will focus on performance and be supplemented by

    classes such as music theory and history. While nearly one third of our student

    body is music majors, classes remain small with great emphasis placed on

    personalized attention. Students attend weekly private lessons from the finest

    professionals in Southern California. Your studies are further enhanced with

    master classes and recitals by some of the worlds leading performers.

    M U S I C

  • In addition to solo practice time, our instrumentalists rehearse several hours a week in chamber ensembles. Pianists study piano literature, keyboard

    skills and accompanying. Voice majors participate in voice performance and ensemble classes, study diction for singers and opera literature. Jazz

    students learn to improvise and work with combos to develop an individualized style. Guitarists can participate in classical and jazz ensembles.

    While some ensembles are open to all students, participation in performances of the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra, one of the premier youth

    orchestras in the world, is by audition only. The IAAO performs regularly on campus, in and around Southern California and has given concerts in

    prestigious venues across the United States.

    Our job is to prepare all of you for a wide range of successful professional careers in music.

  • THEATREThe resources to make a successful life in the

    theatre are already within you. Discovering,

    understanding, developing and, ultimately,

    trusting themthat will be your fundamental

    task as a Theatre Arts student here.


  • Our department is Stanislavsky based, and we incorporate self-use techniques to guide you

    toward greater self-awareness. This is concentrated pre-professional training for serious

    students of theatrethe same level and intensity of training you will find in college-level

    conservatory theatre programs.

    This is concentrated pre-professional training for serious students of theatre...

    Theatre faculty will help you develop a program of study based on personal interest

    and your level of training, assessed by auditions each fall. Prior to your junior year,

    we encourage you to take courses in related disciplines such as music or visual art. At

    the start of your junior year, you will select one of three areas of concentration: acting,

    design, or musical theatre. Actors and musical theatre students study movement,

    combat, dance, voice and speech, theatre history, mask for characterization, and

    improvisation, as well as the required sequence of acting classes. A musical theatre

    concentration requires additional study of voice, music theory, dance and participation

    in a musical theatre repertory workshop.

    T H E AT R E

  • In the design concentration, technical classes like costume and

    make-up design, scene painting and stage management provide

    vital career skills and critical insight into the many components that

    make up a theatrical production.

    Sustaining a career in the world of professional theatre requires

    extraordinary determination, discipline and drive. Helping you

    understand that reality, we believe, is the best preparation for

    making intelligent choices about higher education and your career.

  • Visualize this: art studios open and accessible throughout the

    day and evening, all the materials you need at your fingertips,

    a work space entirely your own, exposure to a variety of studio

    arts, and personalized attention from talented, caring teachers.

    This, we believe, is the environment most conducive to helping

    you develop your artistic instincts, and that is our primary goal.


  • Our faculty are professionals in their fields who continue to have their own work exhibited.

    V I S U A L A R T

  • Pre-professional training at Idyllwild begins with your exploration

    of fundamental artistic process and technique. As an entering

    visual art major, you will take an art survey course and eventually

    go on to complete one year of art history, a drawing class each year,

    and choose among elective courses such as painting, animation /

    screenprinting, computer graphics, sculpture, ceramics, new genres,

    digital photo and photography. In small classes your teachers will

    help you incorporate verbal and visual communication skills,

    historical perspective, fundamental theory and critical thinking

    into your own creative expression.

    Our faculty are professionals in their fields who continue to have

    their own work exhibited. Like you, they are passionate about art

    and eager to share that feeling with you as you grow and work

    together. Often prominent contemporary artists show their work

    in the Exhibition Center and give workshops in concepts and media

    beyond our formal curriculum. In addition, we organize trips to

    important art exhibits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art,

    Los Angeles galleries, the Getty, Armand Hammer Museum and the

    Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

    Your senior year at Idyllwild will be filled with preparation for

    college: distilling a portfolio and planning your senior show.

    Throughout that process we will encourage youas we have from

    the start of your education hereto discover your own unique way

    to reaffirm the worlds need for art.

  • American Academy of Dramatic Arts

    Art Center College of Design

    Barnard College

    Berklee College of Music

    Boston Conservatory

    Boston University

    California Institute of the Arts

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Chicago Art Institute

    Cleveland Institute of Music

    The Colburn School Conservatory of Music

    Columbia University

    The Cooper Union School of Art

    Cornell University

    Cornish College of the Arts

    Curtis Institute of Music

    Eastman School of Music,

    University of Rochester

    Fordham University

    Hampshire College

    Hartt Conservatory, University of Hartford

    Juilliard School

    Kansas City Art Institute

    Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

    Lynn University

    Manhattan School of Music

    New England Conservatory of Music

    New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

    New York University Film School





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    Northwestern University

    Oberlin College Conservatory of Music

    Otis College of Art and Design

    Parsons School of Design

    Peabody Conservatory,

    Johns Hopkins University

    Pratt Institute

    Rhode Island School of Design

    Rice University

    Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama

    San Francisco Conservatory of Music

    Sarah Lawrence College

    Savannah College of Art & Design

    School of the Art Institute of Chicago

    School of Visual Arts, New York

    Smith College

    Stanford University

    State University of New York, Purchase

    University of California, Berkeley

    University of California, Irvine

    University of California, Los Angeles

    University of Chicago

    University of Colorado, Boulder

    University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    University of Southern California

    Vassar College

    Western Michigan University

    Yale University

    Our students often find themselves ahead of the competition for places in the best conservatories, art schools, and colleges.

    C O L L E G E A C C E P TA N C E S

    The following colleges, universities and conservatories are a representative sample of this

    years graduates acceptances:

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