Idyllwild Arts Academy voted #1 high school for the arts in America by Niche.com

We hope you were able to join us for One World. One Idyllwild., our 24-hour virtual event that showcased the students, faculty, alumni, and friends of Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program.

One World. One Idyllwild. was born out of a desire to bring us back together in this virtual space as we saw our graduates, students, faculty and staff depart from our 205-acre campus in March. We could not have known how timely this event would be in the wake of not just the global health pandemic but also the civil unrest in our country. One World. One Idyllwild. was a 21st century response to the clarion call that first rang in the wake of WWII and called our community into action.

Thank you to everyone who helped us raise over $260,000 in support of student scholarships and educational programs for our citizen artists. If you helped spread the word, if you gave a donation of any amount, or if you took the time to learn more about Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program, we are grateful to you for your generosity.

Thank you to everyone who shared their talents with us and the world. As we continue to face challenges affecting our health, way of life, and civil liberties, we must not lose sight that art itself is not the sole outcome of a creative life, but rather the means to constant and necessary growth. We encourage citizen artists around the world to continue making a positive difference in their lives and the communities in which we all live and serve.

In gratitude,

President and Head of School

We are incredibly grateful for our sponsors of One World. One Idyllwild.:

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Platinum Sponsor

Lillian P. Lovelace
Cynthia L. Sears

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Gold Sponsor


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Betty Anderson
Associates of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation
Catherine and Nick Duffy
Marcia Heck
Paulene Popek
Howard Sherman and Gregg Houston

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Bronze Sponsor

Citizens Business Bank
Jeffrey Dvorak and Michael Slocum
Wanda and Kent Jones
David Martin
George and Susan Reardon
Rhoads Family
Linda and Manny Rider
Dena and Lee Van Slyke
Stephanie Webber and Harry Griswold

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Patron Sponsor

Holland and Clay Alexander
William and Susan Barnett
Dr. Lawrence Browne
Richard Camoirano and Jonathan Sharp
Linda Cheng and Frank Bai
Gwendolyn and Thomas Donaldson
Dupuis Family
Anne and Barnaby Finch
Kristie Hubbard and Jon Gordon
Dr. Randal Johnson
Pamela Jordan and Christopher Scott
Carolyn and William Lowman
Shannon Madden-Lennertz and Christopher Lennertz

Special Guests

Casey Abrams (IAA ‘09)

Casey Abrams rose to celebrity as a contestant on the tenth season of American Idol, in 2011, two years after graduating from Idyllwild Arts Academy, where he had majored in Jazz. His father, Ira, taught for many years in the Idyllwild Arts Film Department. Casey’s 2018 album, Put a Spell on You, debuted at #5 on the Billboard Jazz Charts, and his 2019 album, Jazz, debuted at #2. His latest album is Uncovered. He is a regular at the Idyllwild Arts summer festival, Jazz in the Pines.

Shepard Fairey (IAA ‘88)

New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl calls Shepard Fairey’s Hope poster for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign “the most efficacious American political illustration since Uncle Sam Wants You”. Shepard graduated from Idyllwild Arts Academy in 1988 and continued his studies at Rhode Island School of Design, where, in 1989, he drew international attention with his André the Giant Has a Posse street art campaign, which would evolve into the Obey Giant campaign. He often donates proceeds from the sale of his artwork or from his OBEY Clothing company to political and humanitarian causes.

Dan Lauria

Dan Lauria is best known for his role as Jack Arnold on the popular TV series, The Wonder Years, from 1988 to 1993. Born in Brooklyn, he served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and later got his start as an actor while attending Southern Connecticut State University on a football scholarship. In addition to The Wonder Years, he has been featured in many other shows and films, including From the Earth to the MoonIndependence DayThe SpiritArmy WivesThe MentalistCriminal MindsBoy Meets World, and Blue Bloods.

Wendie Malick

Wendie Malick appeared as Judith Tupper Stone in the early 1990s on the HBO comedy Dream On, winning four CableACE Awards as Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Gifted with great comic timing, she reached the height of her career later in the 1990s with the sitcom Just Shoot Me!, earning a Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations as Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Wendie was born in Buffalo and she graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University. Her niece is graduating from Idyllwild Arts Academy this year as a Theatre major.

Don Mischer & Suzan Mischer

Don Mischer is an internationally acclaimed producer and director of television and live events. He has been honored with fifteen Emmy Awards, a record ten Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, two NAACP Image Awards, a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting, Europe’s prestigious Gold Rose of Montreux, and the 2012 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television from the Producers Guild of America.

Until 1994, when she left her job to raise her children, Suzan Mischer was a vice president for specials and documentaries at CBS. Her credits include the Grammy Awards, the Tony Awards, the Clinton presidential inaugural gala, and the Miss Universe pageant.

The daughter of Don and Suzan Mischer graduated from Idyllwild Arts Academy in 2013 as a Film major.  

Eric Whitacre

Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre’s works are performed worldwide by orchestras and choirs, while his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united singers from well over a hundred different countries. A graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School of Music, Whitacre served two terms as Artist in Residence with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, ending this year, following five years as Composer in Residence at the University of Cambridge, in England. In high demand as a guest conductor, he has drawn capacity audiences to concerts with England’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and elsewhere.

Clay Alexander
(IAA ‘94)

Clay Alexander’s company, Ember, manufactures the world’s first temperature control coffee mug, named by Time magazine as one of the best inventions of 2017 and available in thousands of Starbucks stores. In 1994 he graduated as a Theatre Design and Production major from Idyllwild Arts Academy. His fascination with theatrical lighting led to his later invention of General Electric’s LED light bulb, the GE Infusion™. He is pushing Ember to develop temperature control containers for vaccines and other medications for poor communities lacking electricity for refrigeration. Such an invention would save countless lives.  

Angelina Burnett
(IAA ‘96)

Angelina Burnett has been associated as a writer and/or producer with a number of critically acclaimed television shows, including The Americans, Hannibal, Halt and Catch Fire, Boss, and Genius, since her graduation from Idyllwild Arts Academy in 1996. She is active not only artistically but politically, having served as Nevada Border State Coordinator for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Angelina was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and she is the daughter of celebrated musician, songwriter, and record producer T Bone Burnett.

Evan Christopher
(IAA ’87)

Idyllwild Arts has trained many internationally known jazz artists, including clarinetist Evan Christopher, a student of jazz faculty elder statesman Marshall Hawkins and a 1987 graduate of Idyllwild Arts Academy. Evan is recognized for embracing the legacy of the early, pioneering New Orleans clarinetists. He toured with singer-songwriter A.J. Croce in the early 1990s and eventually joined the Jim Cullum Jazz Band in San Antonio, appearing nightly as their featured clarinetist. Though based in New Orleans, he is a charter member of Hawkins’ Seahawk Modern Jazz Orchestra.

Yve Evans

Jazz in the Pines mainstay Yve Evans began her career as a gospel singer in Texas at the age of three. Since studying opera and theatre at the University of California, Irvine, she has sung and played jazz piano all over the world. Fronting a band that includes some of the industry’s most accomplished musicians, she makes each performance a tribute to the timeless tradition of her early influences, especially Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Della Reese, and Rosemary Clooney.

Grant Gershon

Conductor, pianist, and Grammy-winning chorus master Grant Gershon is Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, with which he has made seven recordings. His championing of new music has included conducting world premieres of compositions by John Adams. In 2002, Gershon was named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by the USC Thornton School of Music. He is Resident Conductor of the Los Angeles Opera, a member of the Board of Councillors for the USC Thornton School of Music, and a member of the Chorus America Board of Directors.

Elora Hardy
(IAA ‘99)

Elora Hardy had it all: working for Donna Karan in New York with her designs featured on the world’s runways. But she left that life to move to Bali to create a sustainable construction company, IBUKU, which builds stunning homes from bamboo, fantasy dwellings that seem borrowed from Hollywood film sets. In a striking talk at the INK Conference associated with TED, Hardy explains the versatility and durability of bamboo, making a strong case for it to become the construction material of choice in the tropics.

Christopher Lennertz

Christopher Lennertz has composed music for comedies like Horrible Bosses, successful family films like Alvin and the Chipmunks, and critically acclaimed dramas like Adams. In 2003 he won several awards for his soundtrack for Medal of Honor: Rising Sun, the first of three Medal of Honor games for which he has composed. The following year his collaboration with Ozomatli on Street Signs won a Grammy for Best Latin Rock Album. In 2006 he was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Musical Composition in a Series for his score for the pilot of the series, Supernatural.

Harry Pickens

Harry Pickens has been a headliner at the Idyllwild Arts summer festival, Jazz in the Pines. His award-winning career as a pianist and author of In Tune: Lessons in Life from a Life in Music has been highlighted by collaborations with many of the world’s great jazz artists and a recent performance for the Dalai Lama. His journey from debilitating stage fright to unshakable confidence has inspired his dedication to helping individuals, families, organizations, and communities thrive by sharing the practical applications of research in neuroscience.

Rachael Worby

Rachael Worby is a conductor celebrated for successfully reimagining the traditional concert format and for dissolving the barriers between performers and audiences, especially with the Pasadena-based nonprofit MUSE/IQUE, for which she is Artistic Director. She is a pioneering member of the first wave of women to achieve international renown on the conductor’s podium. Her many honors include serving on the National Council of the Arts for four years as an appointee of President Clinton. Her daughter graduated from Idyllwild Arts Academy in 2017 as a Dance major.

Stephanie Zhu

Stephanie Zhu is the Top Ten program host, broadcasting in Liaoning Province, in northeastern China, and has also hosted the Golden Microphone award in the Liaoshen region, again in northeastern China. She is Director of the China Promotion Association Host Committee and has twenty years of experience in hosting entertainment and other kinds of programs. She is a spokesperson for cosmetics and jewelry brands as well as a stage, film, and television actress. Her daughter is a rising eleventh-grader at Idyllwild Arts Academy, majoring in Visual Arts.

Mary Aebischer
Former Chair of Idyllwild Arts Academy Modern Languages Department

Sara Andon
International Guest Artist and Flutist, Idyllwild Arts Academy 

Geronimo Angel
Idyllwild Arts Academy Alum 2019

Bob Boss
Guitar, Jazz in the Pine Artist

Bailey Bujnosek
Idyllwild Arts Academy Alum 2020

Paul Carman
Saxophonist, Idyllwild Arts Jazz Faculty 

Bonnie Carpenter
Theatre Department Chair, Idyllwild Arts Academy

Victoria Chang
Adult Summer Program Faculty, Co-coordinator of Idyllwild Arts Writers Week

Gerald Clarke
Sculptor, Installation, and Conceptual artist and past Idyllwild Arts Visual Arts Chair

Brendan Constantine
Idyllwild Arts Summer Faculty, Creative Writing

Javen Crosby
Idyllwild Arts Academy Alum 2015

Michael Dunaevsky
Idyllwild Arts Academy Alum 2020

Yve Evans
Vocalist, Jazz in the Pines Festival Artist

Ryan French
Idyllwild Arts Academy Alum 2020

Ana Gracia
Idyllwild Arts Academy Alum 2014

Rick & Laura Hall
Idyllwild Arts Family Camp Faculty

Marshall Hawkins
Founder of Jazz in the Pines, Music Faculty, Idyllwild Arts 

Kim Henderson
Creative Writing Chair, Idyllwild Arts Academy 

Eric Hirschhorn
Idyllwild Arts Academy Alum 2016

MeiXing Hunt-Babcock
Idyllwild Arts Academy Alum 2020

Tom Hynes
Chair of Summer Program Jazz Intensive 

Kent (Snubby J)Jenkins
Former Blue Man Group Composer and Guest Musical Director

MacKenzy Jordan
Idyllwild Arts Academy Alum 2020

Chris Lennertz
Composer, Idyllwild Arts Family Week Attendee 

Shiyu Hanson Liu
Idyllwild Arts Academy Alum 2020

Rose Mallet
Vocalist, Jazz in the Pines Festival Artist

Jenny Ming
Idyllwild Arts Academy

Erica Nashan
Art in Society Coordinator, Idyllwild Arts

Yunke Doris Ni
Idyllwild Arts Academy Alum 2020

Natalia Porraz
Idyllwild Arts Academy Alum 2020

Juan Miguel Posada
Idyllwild Arts Academy Alum 2015

Dan Radlauer
Composer, Professional Musician, Idyllwild Arts Summer Jazz Intensive Faculty, Alum

David Reid-Marr
Visual Arts Chair, Idyllwild Arts Acadmy 

Haley Reinhart
Musician, Recording Artist

Ellen Rosa-Taylor
Dance Chair, Idyllwild Arts Academy

Annabella Ross
Idyllwild Arts Academy Alum 2020

Zacharie Sadock
Idyllwild Arts Academy Alum 2020

Carol Sauvion
“Craft in America,” PBS

Jonathan Sharp
Dance Faculy, Idyllwild Arts Academy 

Shelly Short
Film & Digital Media Chair, Idyllwild Arts

Jonathan Smith
Idyllwild Arts Academy Alum 2020

Tong Daisy Su
Idyllwild Arts Academy Alum 2020

Jaedon Tamboong
Idyllwild Arts Academy Alum 2020

Rulan Tangen
Founder and Artistic Director of Dancing Earth Indigenous Contemporary Dance Creations

Jonathan Tibbs
Idyllwild Arts Academy Alum 2013

Ricardo Urbina
Idyllwild Arts Academy Alum 2015 

Liang Wang
Principal Oboe, New York Philharmonic, Alum

Ransom Wilson
Director of Orchestral Programs, Idyllwild Arts Academy 

Jeanette Louise Yaryan
Music Department Chair and Pianist, Idyllwild Arts Academy

Irene Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto