Quartz Mountain Resort Arts and Conference Center

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The entrance to the main building at the resort.

Geography of Quartz Mountain[edit]

The Twin Peaks Performance Hall as seen overlooking the main building.

The Quartz Mountain Resort Arts and Conference Center is a resort located 17 miles north of Altus in the Wichita Mountains of southwestern Oklahoma, two and a half hours from Oklahoma City, four hours from Dallas, near the Texas border and 9 miles (14 km) west of Lone Wolf, Oklahoma on State Highway 44A.

Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain[edit]

Two-hundred-and-fifty students between the ages of fourteen and eighteen are selected for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute annually and spend two weeks at Quartz Mountain living in cabins and lodges focusing on their area of discipline where they study with well-known Artists. Auditions take place at the beginning of the year; accepted students receive letters dictating their selection in mid-April. According to the Oklahoma Arts Institute website, "The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute (OSAI) is an intensive academy for Oklahoma high school students in the fields of acting, creating writing, ballet, modern dance, orchestra, chorus, drawing and painting, photography, and film and video. OSAI faculty artists include winners of the Pulitzer Price and the Academy, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Awards. You'll join over 250 students from across the state as you study your chosen field and attend or participate in performances, gallery openings, film screenings, poetry readings, and more. Optional activities include nature hikes, karaoke night, movie night, a talent show, and all-camp dances. You'll make lifelong friends and study with amazing teachers for a summer experience you'll never forget."[1][2]

The cost of attendance is very low due to extensive funding by the Oklahoma government and private donors. Some students who qualify only pay a participation fee of $250.

The current disciplines are: Acting, Ballet, Chorus, creative Writing, Drawing & Painting, Film & Video, Modern Dance, Orchestra, Photography.

OSAI 2015 Faculty[edit]

Discipline Name Position Current Residence
Guest Artists
  • Michele Wiles
  • Jay Donn
  • Guest Artist - Dance
  • Guest Artist - Dance
  • New York, New York
  • New York, New York
Acting
  • Christine Farrell
  • Francine Zerfas
  • Acting Instructor
  • Voice Coach
  • New York, New York
  • New York, New York
Ballet
  • Angela Harris
  • Andy Monroe
  • Ballet Instructor
  • Ballet Accompanist
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • New York, New York
Chorus
  • Amanda Quist
  • Lauren Harper
  • Alex Sutton
  • Mark Laseter
  • Chorus Conductor
  • Women's Chorus Section Leader
  • Men's Chorus Section Leader
  • Chorus Accompanist
  • Princeton, New Jersey
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Princeton, New Jersey
Creative Writing
  • Nathan Brown
  • Creative Writing Instructor
  • Wimberley, Texas
Drawing & Painting
  • Marc Vinciguerra
  • Drawing & Painting Instructor
  • Florence, Italy and Miami Beach, Florida
Film & Video
  • Scott Hamilton Kennedy
  • Beau Leland
  • Alan Novey
  • Film & Video Instructor
  • Film & Video Editor
  • Film & Video Technician
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Modern Dance
  • André Tyson
  • Felix Ventouras
  • Modern Dance Instructor
  • Modern Dance Accompanist
  • Valencia, California
  • Shanghai, China
Orchestra
  • Allen Tinkham
  • Daris Word Hale
  • Michael Murray
  • Larry Guy
  • Evelien Woolard
  • Gerry Wood
  • Anne Eisfeller
  • Deb Stevenson
  • Chris Nappi
  • Virginia Sircy
  • Royce Lumpkin
  • Wes Woolard
  • Misha Galaganov
  • Tiffany Rice
  • Karel Butz
  • Orchestra Conductor
  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Flute & Piccolo
  • French Horn
  • Harp
  • Oboe
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Trombone & Tuba
  • Trumpet
  • Viola
  • First Violin
  • Second Violin
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Austin, Texas
  • Springfield, Missouri
  • Stony Point, New York
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Colleyville, Texas
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Washington, North Carolina
  • Alexandria, Virginia
  • Harrisburg, North Carolina
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Houston, Texas
Photography
  • Keith Carter
  • Konrad Eek
  • Ben Long
  • Photography Instructor
  • Darkroom Technician
  • Digital Technician
  • Beaumont, Texas
  • Norman, Oklahoma
  • San Francisco, California
Guest Faculty - Ballroom Dance
  • Alee Reed
  • Rainer Trubere
  • Ballroom Dance Instructor
  • Ballroom Dance Instructor
  • New York, New York
  • New Milford, New Jersey
Pilates & Fitness
  • Rebecca Penniman
  • Pilates & Fitness Instructor
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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OSAI 2016 Faculty[edit]

Discipline Name Position Current Residence
Guest Artists
  • Matt Marr
  • Molly Wizenberg
  • Guest Artist - Chorus
  • Guest Artist - Creative Writing
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Seattle, Washington
Acting
  • Christine Farrell
  • Francine Zerfas
  • Rena Cook
  • Acting Instructor
  • Voice Coach
  • Voice Coach
  • New York, New York
  • Brooklyn, New York
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
Ballet
  • Angela Harris
  • Andy Monroe
  • Ballet Instructor
  • Ballet Accompanist
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • New York, New York
Chorus
  • Julie Yu
  • Margaret Carpenter Haigh
  • Alex Sutton
  • Amanda Arrington
  • Chorus Conductor
  • Women's Chorus Section Leader
  • Men's Chorus Section Leader
  • Chorus Accompanist
  • Manhattan Kansas
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Manhattan Kansas
Creative Writing
  • Richard Blanco
  • Creative Writing Instructor
  • Bethel, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts
Drawing & Painting
  • Marwin Begaye
  • Drawing & Painting Instructor
  • Norman, Oklahoma
Film & Video
  • Hannah Fidell
  • Beau Leland
  • Alan Novey
  • Film & Video Instructor
  • Film & Video Editor
  • Film & Video Technician
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Modern Dance
  • Andrew Palermo
  • Felix Ventouras
  • Modern Dance Instructor
  • Modern Dance Accompanist
  • New York, New York
  • Shanghai, China
Orchestra
  • Timothy Long
  • Daris Word Hale
  • Michael Murray
  • Larry Guy
  • Jesús Insuasty
  • Susan Saylor
  • Gerry Wood
  • Anne Eisfeller
  • Deb Stevenson
  • Allison Shaw
  • Virginia Sircy
  • Royce Lumpkin
  • Lacey Hays
  • Misha Galaganov
  • Mikylah McTeer
  • John Arnold
  • Orchestra Conductor
  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Double Bass
  • Flute & Piccolo
  • French Horn
  • Harp
  • Oboe
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Trombone & Tuba
  • Trumpet
  • Viola
  • First Violin
  • Second Violin
  • Brooklynn, New York
  • Austin, Texas
  • Springfield, Missouri
  • Stony Point, New York
  • Denton, Texas
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Colleyville, Texas
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Alexandria, Virginia
  • Harrisburg, North Carolina
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
Photography
  • Kurt Markus
  • Konrad Eek
  • Ben Long
  • Photography Instructor
  • Darkroom Technician
  • Digital Technician
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Norman, Oklahoma
  • San Francisco, California
Guest Faculty - Improvisation
  • Regina Saisi
  • John Remak
  • Kathryn Zdan
  • Improvisation Instructor
  • Improvisation Guest Artist
  • Improvisation Guest Artist
  • San Francisco, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • San Francisco, California
Pilates & Fitness
  • Rebecca Penniman
  • Pilates & Fitness Instructor
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana

History of Quartz Mountain (Baldy Point)[edit]

Quartz Mountain's history began due to local recreational climbers. The land was privately owned by Ted and Margaret Johnson who allowed climbers to legally explore Baldy Point since the early 1970's. Ted died in 1993 and left the land to his wife. After only seven years, Margaret needed to sell the property in order to keep up with her medical bills. Because of the climbing community, the tourists who loved the beautiful Oklahoma land, and Margaret's daughter, on March 30, 2001, the Access Fund and the Wichita Mountains Climbers Coalition were able to purchase "Baldy Point". The two partners then immediately donated the land to the State of Oklahoma where it was dedicated as a part of the Quartz Mountain State Park. As of January 1, 2002, the State Park was renamed Quartz Mountain Nature Park.[4]

History of the Quartz Mountain Resort Arts and Conference Center[edit]

The Quartz Mountain Lodge was built in 1955. It included forty four rooms, a tennis count, and two pools: one indoor, one outdoor. In 1959 a nine-hole golf course was added. In 1970, more construction led to more campgrounds on the north side of the land. Soon after all the construction was completed, the beautiful lodge burnt almost completely due to an electrical fire in the sauna area. The resort was forced to close until after the seven hundred and fifty seat theatre was completed in 2001. The total reconstruction cost over seventeen million dollars. In 2002, after Baldy point was donated to the State of Oklahoma, the Dunnam property was also donated to the cause. In 2003, Quartz Mountain's 'Baldy Point Trails' project was awarded eighty thousand dollars for construction and improvements.

Currently, the land is used as a Conference Center to the Higher Regents, the location of the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, and is still a hot spot for tourists and recreational climbers.[5]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hedglen, Thomas."Quartz Mountain State Park.," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma. Archived November 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  2. ^ Kelly, Anna. "This could be the summer that changes your life". Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. Retrieved December 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ Kelly, Anna. "2015 OSAI Faculty". Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. Retrieved December 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ Kelly, Anna. "Quartz History". Wichita Mountains Climbers Coalition. Retrieved December 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ Kelly, Anna. "Quartz Mountain Nature Park's History". Quartz Mountain. Retrieved December 6, 2015. 

Coordinates: 34°54′17″N 99°18′19″W / 34.90472°N 99.30528°W / 34.90472; -99.30528