by Lydia Kremer

The prestigious Idyllwild Arts Academy recently hosted an afternoon of musical excellence with the presentation of an outstanding piano recital by Julian Dane Jenson, a 16-year-old Hemet student of Idyllwild Arts.

Held at a private home in La Quinta, the event had a dual purpose: One was to reach out to the desert communities to familiarize local art patrons with Idyllwild Arts which has been offering programs and classes in the arts for over 60 years.

Idyllwild Arts Academy is the only intensely-focused boarding arts high school (grades 9-12) on the West Coast and only one of three in the U.S. It offers programs in all the performing and visual arts. IAA is perhaps best known for its Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines Festival and its Summer Program which attracts nearly 2,000 art students of all ages.

IAA has an illustrious roster of graduates including American Idol contestant Casey Abrams; contemporary artists Shepard Fairey and Nate Lowman; dancer Neal Beasley; actress Marin Ireland; jazz guitarist Graham Dechter; and Liang Wang, principal oboist for the New York Philharmonic,  as well as other notable artists.

Secondly, the event was designed to elicit financial support by showcasing the talents of this exceptional young artist who may be able to give performances at a new performing arts complex at Idyllwild Arts in the near future.

A capital campaign in now underway to fund construction of the William M. Lowman Concert Hall which will provide Idyllwild students and the community with a state-of-the-art 300-seat Concert Hall set in the middle of the 205-acre picturesque Idyllwild campus.

Julian is among the many gifted students who are given the opportunity to study at Idyllwild Arts through the Scholarship Fund. Without a scholarship, Julian would not have had the financial resources to pursue and develop his artistic talent at Idyllwild Arts. “For as long as I can remember, music has been the dominant theme in my life,” said Julian.

For information about enrollment in Idyllwild Arts Academy, contact Marek Pramuka, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at marekp@idyllwildarts.org or  (951)
659-2171 ext 2344.

To support the Idyllwild Arts Scholarship Fund to assist young artists, or for more information on becoming a patron of the Lowman Concert Hall, please contact:  Scott Schroeder, sschroeder@idyllwildarts.org or (951) 659-2171 ext 2343.

Photos with article: Julian Jenson and rendering of William M. Lowman Concert Hall