In one of our most ambitious efforts since our founding, Idyllwild Arts will reach out to its students, alumni, families, and friends on 6 continents, in 35 countries and 198 cities, with One World. One Idyllwild., showing the reach and impact of the transformative power of art.
One World. One Idyllwild. is a 24-hour virtual fundraiser that is free and open to the public. The event will showcase the artistry of students who aspire to be professional artists and/or change-makers, faculty already established as professional artists, alumni from around the world who are pushing boundaries with their art and ideas, and special Invited Guests who support our mission.
One World. One Idyllwild. supports Idyllwild Arts to engage professional artists and educators, offer unique educational programs for global citizen artists, and provide scholarships for talented, young artists to attend Idyllwild Arts’ world-class Boarding Arts High School and Summer Program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rachel Fine (IAA ’88)
Rachel Fine is executive director and CEO of The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, in Beverly Hills, and served previously as executive director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. She graduated from Idyllwild Arts Academy in 1988. She is a professional classical musician and an accomplished pianist, having studied at the University of California, Irvine, and at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, still a coveted destination for Idyllwild Arts classical music graduates.
Celeste Headlee (IAA ‘87)
Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist who has appeared on NPR, PBS World, PRI, CNN, and the BBC. As a major in Musical Theatre (at that time called Music Theatre), she was a member of Idyllwild Arts Academy’s first graduating class, in 1987. She has anchored National Public Radio shows like Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. She has also authored two books: We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter, and Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving.
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 Moon, Independence Day, The Spirit, Army Wives, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Boy Meets World, and Blue Bloods.
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.
Harry Pickens has been a reliable 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 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 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.