The Idyllwild Arts Academy is the country’s premier and internationally-acclaimed residential arts high school (9th-12th; PG) (September through May) which provides pre-professional training in the arts and a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum to a diverse student body of gifted young artists. Idyllwild Arts Academy’s 300 students hail from more than 30 countries and pursue artistic excellence in Music, Theatre, Dance, Visual Art, Creative Writing, Film & Digital Media, InterArts, and Fashion Design. Graduates of Idyllwild Arts Academy currently excel in every professional field of the arts including Broadway theatre, primetime television, classical and jazz music, motion pictures, graphic design, photography and more.
"As a filmmaker, I learned so much about my personal taste and my strengths from making movies at Idyllwild. That has really allowed me to make use of my time in college and start making things I’m proud of sooner."
Director & Actress.
Class of 2012, Moving Pictures
"I feel our online teaching to be an enhancement, not a replacement for live teaching. Without a crystal ball, I see us working seamlessly in both mediums."
Songwriting & Guitar Faculty
"'Home' comes to mind when I think of Idyllwild Arts. In only two years, it made a huge difference in my life. As a New Zealander, coming to Idyllwild opened up a whole world of opportunities and possibilities for myself."
Alexandra (Alex) Gandionco
Singer & Music Teacher based in New Zealand.
Class of 2013, Music
"Why think of art as an isolated endeavor, when it can shape and profoundly impact our communities? Our students use their art to shape social, economic, technological, and environmental change as only creative thinkers can."
Head of School
"At Idyllwild, I learned how to see. Seeing through drawing, and then being nurtured to taking the next steps and make things with my own hands empowered me believe I could create the world as I imagined it should be."
Creative Director, Founder, Ibuku.
Class of 1999, Visual Art
"Idyllwild is one of the most supportive, enriching, and artistically vibrant environments I have ever experienced. I was offered a wealth of creative opportunities and exposed to a unique community of artists from around the globe."
Instructor of Visual & Performing Arts University of Colorado.
Class of 2005, Dance
"Idyllwild’s Creative Writing program gave me the room and support I needed to expand my imagination in ways I never had thought of before, introducing me to screenwriting, which led me to major in film/video/animation at Rhode Island School of Design."
Ara Michelle Aranguri
Los Angeles based Artist & Feminist.
Class of 2005, Creative Writing
"Hilary Hahn came to Idyllwild when I was there and played the Edgar Meyer Concerto with the orchestra. She taught an informal masterclass and she said it was her first ever. She was brilliant, and so humble and nice!"
Violinist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Class of 2002, Music
"I felt welcomed immediately and knew that I belonged here. No one judges you and you can be who you are without any fear. Since my first day I’ve loved IAA and I’m proud to say that it’s my new home."
University Student in the Netherlands.
Class of 2016, Dance
Idyllwild Arts and its music faculty, especially Marshall Hawkins, have made me the person I am today. Being surrounded by people who are passionate about art made me confident as an artist and human being."
Musician, Songwriter, Performer, Actor, Composer.
Class of 2009, Music
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