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Auditions

Applicants must be an Oklahoma resident.

In general, applicants for OSAI 2022 must be at least 15 years old by September 1, 2022. (i.e. It’s okay if you’re 14 during OSAI, but you must turn 15 by September 1, 2022 to apply.) The vast majority of current 9th-12th graders can apply. The earliest most students are eligible to attend OSAI is the summer after their freshman year of high school. Graduating seniors up to age 19 are also eligible. Current freshman who will not be 15 by September 1, 2022 may still be eligible to audition. Please call our office at 405.605.7500 for more information.

Yes. You can apply for up to four art forms/disciplines.

If you are interested in more than one area, consider applying for more than one discipline. It will increase your chances of being accepted to OSAI.

When you apply for OSAI, you will rank your disciplines in order of preference. If your audition score qualifies you for more than one discipline, your ranking will determine which discipline you will study at OSAI.

We can help! Please contact us at oai@oaiquartz.org or 405.605.7500 for assistance.

No. Auditions are judged on a statewide basis, not by audition location. Acceptance is based on audition scores, not on demographics. You can read more about our judging procedures here.

There is a non-refundable audition fee of $20 for one discipline and $15 for each discipline after that.

Students demonstrating financial need may be eligible for assistance. If you are interested in receiving assistance to cover your audition fee(s), complete your online application and, on the payment options page, select the option to apply for financial aid. Please do NOT let financial concerns deter you from applying. If you have questions about costs or financial aid, call 405.605.7500 or email oai@oaiquartz.org.

Every accepted student receives a full scholarship to attend OSAI.

Attending students will be asked to pay a commitment fee of $290 and may be required to bring or purchase discipline-specific supplies.

Students demonstrating financial need may be eligible for assistance through the OAI Angel Fund. Please do NOT let financial concerns deter you from applying. If you have questions about costs or assistance, call 405.605.7500 or email oai@oaiquartz.org

  • Scholarships are provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and matched by private donations secured by the Oklahoma Arts Institute.
  • Additional program funding is provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Most students drive to OSAI with a parent, relative, or friend. This year's Institute will be held at the University of Science and Arts (USAO) in Chickasha. Click here for directions. 

Some students need assistance coordinating transportation. Please do NOT let transportation or financial concerns deter you from applying. If you have questions about costs or assistance, call 405.605.7500 or email oai@oaiquartz.org.

Selections

All applicants, whether accepted, not accepted, or selected as an alternate, will be notified via email by mid-April.

The number of alternates in each discipline varies based on how many alternates have been needed in a specific discipline in the past; some disciplines have one alternate, some have 10.

First alternates are notified they are the first alternate in their discipline because they have the highest chance of having an opportunity to attend. Other alternate rankings are not disclosed.

It differs from year to year, and there’s no way to predict how many alternates will be selected; however, historically there have been more alternates selected in performing arts disciplines as compared to literary or visual arts disciplines.

OAI staff will contact the next alternate as soon as they have been notified a spot is available. Alternates may be contacted as late as the day before OSAI begins.

OAI staff will call the primary and secondary phone numbers listed in an applicant’s record.  If no one is reached, the staff will leave voicemail messages, and the applicant will have 24 hours to respond. If no response is received within 24 hours, the next alternate is contacted.

Please contact OAI staff: 405.605.7500 or oai@oaiquartz.org. Knowing you no longer wish to be considered for OSAI ensures the next alternate can be contacted as early as possible.

Attending Students

Every accepted student receives a full scholarship to attend OSAI.

Attending students will be asked to pay a commitment fee of $290 and may be required to bring or purchase discipline-specific supplies.

Students demonstrating financial need may be eligible for assistance through the OAI Angel Fund. Please do NOT let financial concerns deter you from applying. If you have questions about costs or assistance, call 405.605.7500 or email oai@oaiquartz.org

  • Scholarships are provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and matched by private donations secured by the Oklahoma Arts Institute.
  • Additional program funding is provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Most students drive to OSAI with a parent, relative, or friend. This year's Institute will be held at the University of Science and Arts (USAO) in Chickasha. Click here for directions. 

Some students need assistance coordinating transportation. Please do NOT let transportation or financial concerns deter you from applying. If you have questions about costs or assistance, call 405.605.7500 or email oai@oaiquartz.org.

No. Students are required to check in on the first Saturday of the Institute and remain until the end of Closing Ceremonies on the final Sunday. Additionally, students are NOT allowed to leave the camp during the program, except during a few designated hours on the middle Sunday. In rare cases, the Institute staff may grant an exception to this rule, but must acknowledge that having all students present during the entirety of the Institute is in the interest of the OAI community as a whole.

For questions regarding attendance, contact Emily Claudé, Director of Programs, at eclaude@oaiquartz.org.

24-hour on-site security and medical staff ensure the safety of every OSAI student. All students are housed within the Quartz Mountain State Park which is monitored by park rangers.

All housing facilities are air-conditioned. Housing assignments are designed to encourage interaction between students of different disciplines, and roommates are assigned by age. In a typical year, female counselors and female students are housed in the lodge rooms that sleep 3-4 students. Male counselors and male students room in cabins, bunkhouses, and duplexes that sleep 6-14.

The OAI staff is working to create contingency plans in order to ensure students can learn in person while reducing the risk of contracting COVID-19. These plans could affect housing accommodations, and more details will be sent to attending students prior to OSAI 2021.

Recognizing that these housing options may not be appropriate for everyone, OAI also offers gender-inclusive housing. Gender-inclusive housing is open to students whose needs are not met by our traditional housing options and supports OAI’s non-discrimination policy, which has been developed to ensure a supportive environment where all students, regardless of gender expression or gender identity, can feel safe. To inquire about gender-inclusive housing or for any other questions related to housing, please contact Emily Claudé at eclaude@oaiquartz.org or 405.605.7500.

All meals will be served buffet style. Gluten-free options, vegetarian options, a salad bar, and fresh fruits are available at each meal. Special diets may be accommodated, but OAI must be apprised in advance.

Some equipment and supplies are provided. You will also need to bring supplies specific to your discipline. Supply lists will be available on the Student Information page prior to the Institute.

We plan to hold OSAI in person in 2021, though daily schedules, classrooms, housing, public performances and other aspects of OSAI may look different than normal. The Arts Institute staff is developing contingency plans to ensure that our community can gather safely under various scenarios. It is our hope that delaying the Institute until July will allow more time for the virus to be brought under control and the majority of our community to be vaccinated prior to the Institute.

Parents and Families

The Student & Family Handbook and other important information will be available on the Student Information page following student selections.