Idyllwild Arts Academy

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Idyllwild Arts Academy
52500 Temecula Road


TypePrivate, day and boarding
Specialist arts school
PresidentPamela Jordan
DeanEric Bolton
Head of schoolJason Hallowbard
Grades9–12, Post-Graduate
Enrollment311 (2018[1])
Campus size205 acres (83 ha)
Campus typeRural, San Jacinto Mountains
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
AffiliationsThe Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

Idyllwild Arts Academy is a private school located in Idyllwild, in the San Jacinto Mountains and San Bernardino National Forest, within western Riverside County, California. The school was founded in 1946. It was previously known as Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts.[2]


It offers a college preparatory program for grades 9–12 and post-graduates, with training in music, theater, dance, visual art, creative writing, film, and interdisciplinary arts. An audition or portfolio is required for admission.

The academy is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

It was the first independent boarding high school for the arts in the western United States.

Idyllwild Arts Academy offers programs including music, visual arts, theatre, creative writing, dance, fashion design, film & digital media, and interdisciplinary arts. Outside of regular school year, Idyllwild Arts Academy offers summer workshops that include Jazz in the Pines, ESL, Native American Arts.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

In the television series The Fosters the character Brandon Foster attends a summer program in piano competition at Idyllwild.[26]

Author Justin Cronin confirmed on Twitter that Idyllwild Arts Academy eventually becomes the community called First Colony in his book The Passage as humanity tries to survive one hundred years into a vampire apocalypse.[27]


  1. ^ a b "School Profile 2018" (PDF).
  2. ^ a b Coburn, James. "Edmond authors gather at book fair Saturday". The Edmond Sun. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  3. ^ "Explore Idyllwild Arts Academy". Niche. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  4. ^ Gawecki, Marcia (August 2013). "Casey Abrams Makes the Jump from Idyllwild to Burbank". Palm Springs Life. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
  5. ^ "Clayton Alexander – Alumni of Idyllwild Arts". Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  6. ^ Seminar Series, IIFC. "Women in Independent Film and Television". Idyllwild Town Crier. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  7. ^ "IDYLLWILD: Seven decades later, arts program still 'changing lives'". Press Enterprise. 2016-03-20. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  8. ^ Wesson, Gail. "Idyllwild: Arts School Leader Retires". The Press Enterprise. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  9. ^ Blumberg, Douwe. "About the Artist". Douwe Studios. Archived from the original on 2015-08-14.
  10. ^ Gross, Julie. "William Shatner tours the Frazier Museum and brings a 200lb bronze friend". Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  11. ^ Independent Ear, The. "Heard Evan Christopher Yet?". Open Sky Jazz. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  12. ^ Christopher, Evan. "About Evan Christopher". Clarinet Road. Archived from the original on 19 November 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  13. ^ Wesson, Gail. "Idyllwild: Artist Shepard Fairey shares inspiration behind work". The Press Enterprise. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  14. ^ "Shepard Fairey - The Giant: The Definitive Obey Giant Site". The Giant. Retrieved 2013-09-02.
  15. ^ QAmbassador. "Los Angelenos". Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  16. ^ Aguilar, Ashleen. "Artist Spotlight: Trevor Hall". The Daily of the University of Washington. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  17. ^ "Celeste Headlee – Alumni of Idyllwild Arts". Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  18. ^ Rizzo, Frank. "Reasons to Admire Marin Ireland". The Courant. Retrieved 7 June 2009.
  19. ^ "Jennifer Missoni". 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  20. ^ Kelly, Cynthia (18 January 1997). "A Birthday Tune for Idyllwild Arts". LA Times. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  21. ^ Wakin, Daniel J. (8 April 2007). "Pilgrim With an Oboe, Citizen of the World". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 April 2007.
  22. ^ Wilson, Mara. "Brushes with Greatness". Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  23. ^ Benesh, Carolyn (2010). A Trickster For the Arts (PDF). San Marcos, CA. pp. 34–37. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  24. ^ "Bella Lewitzky". Jewish Women's Archive (JWA). Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  25. ^ "Eleonore Schoenfeld: A Life of Elegance". Thornton School of Music, USC. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  26. ^ Johnson, Joanna (2015-08-10), Idyllwild, The Fosters, retrieved 2023-02-22
  27. ^ @jccronin (1 February 2019). "You nailed it. My wife and I taught ESL there one summer in the early 90s" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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