Going Green

28 06 2012

by Alex Gandionco, 11th grade

“Going green” – it’s a fairly large statement and even larger commitment to make.  For a school to go green, it involves a lot of thinking, encouraging, perseverance, dedication, and curiosity.

Idyllwild Arts Academy is moving toward being a greener school and being part of the green schools movement that has caught fire throughout the United States.  One of the first steps towards this movement was our participation in the Green Schools National Conference earlier this year in Denver, Colorado.  I was fortunate enough to be chosen to go to this conference, together with three other students, Michelle McMillan (11th Grade), Katherine Kearns (11th Grade) and Devin Debowski (10th Grade).  The four of us were initially interested in making the school more environmentally friendly and also making ourselves more aware of environmental issues, but nothing prepared us for what the Green Schools Conference had to offer, and the effect it would have on us. Read the rest of this entry »


Idyllwild Arts Senior at Grammy Camp

28 06 2012

Idyllwild Arts Senior Will Whitaker Selected for Grammy® Camp in Nashville

Unique Summer Program Brings Together Youth With Outstanding Artists And Music Industry Professionals

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (June 12, 2012) — The GRAMMY Foundation® (www.grammyfoundation.org) announced today that 136 talented high school students from 116 cities and 32 states have been selected as participants in the eighth annual GRAMMY Camp® program. Idyllwild Arts rising senior Will Whitaker is one of those students. Will is a second year Music major with an emphasis in songwriting from Scottsdale, Arizona. The Foundation’s signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students will be held in Nashville from June 17–24 at Black River Entertainment. This GRAMMY in the Schools® program is supported in part by Best Buy, Black River Entertainment, Converse, and Guitar Center.

Regarding his role and opportunity during the the Grammy Camp® Will said “I wanted to apply for marketing and management because I am working on the songwriting and artistic side all year at Idyllwild Arts. I have such a strong interest in the business side of the industry, so I decided to use my summers for that.”

“We are excited for the GRAMMY Camp and provide this valuable experience to the next generation of music makers,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. “GRAMMY Camp is one of our most immersive programs in terms of exposing young people to what it’s like to have an actual working career in the music business, and the opportunity to receive instruction directly from GRAMMY®-winning artists and industry professionals instills knowledge, confidence and lasting lessons in students.” Read the rest of this entry »

Ray Bradbury

28 06 2012

Past president and founding head Bill Lowman wrote “In the 1970’s, I convinced Ray Bradbury toconduct annual weekendworkshops at Idyllwild on writing.  He was a remarkable creative and quirkyman.  We had to send a driver and car with a good conversationalist to transport him to the hill.  It is sad to see him go.  When I returned in 1985, he told me he was too old to travel up to “the Hill.”


My favorite work of his is, When Elephants last in the dooryard bloomed.  It is his poetry with the title a takeoff on Whiteman’s famous elegy for Lincoln, When lilacs last in the dooryard bloomed.