Looking Ahead to Summer 2019

Following our Class of 2019 commencement ceremony on June 2nd, the summer heats up with two Ojai Music Festival concerts in the Zalk Theater, return of the Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab, Besant Hill School Summer Institute programs, and the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Current students have also been accepted to a number of prestigious summer programs!

Where Will Our Students Be This Summer?

We congratulate current Besant Hill School students for their acceptance to the following summer programs this year:

Besant Hill School Summer Institute, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, National Geographic Tanzania, Girl Up, Princeton University US-China Coalition, Rustic Pathways Costa Rica, Rustic Pathways Fiji

On Campus Events & Summer Programs:

Summer Institute 2018 Brochure

Summer Institute 2019

June 30- August 3

Each summer, we offer a variety of courses in English as a Second Language, SAT Prep, and a hands-on STEM Program. The day is structured for academic courses in the morning, afternoon art classes, and multiple off-campus excursions to explore all of the amazing offerings of Southern California including beaches, museums, and amusement parks.

Ojai Music Festival

Ojai Music Festival, “Music Dawns” Concerts

June 8 & 10

Curious audiences gather at the Ojai Music Festival each year for a transcendent musical communing in the beautiful Ojai Valley. Every Festival follows the lead of a new music director, accommodating wildly different styles and approaches. Following the Festival’s legacy of creativity and innovation, the amazing Patricia Kopatchinskaja takes the helm as music director for 2018.

“At a morning concert at the Besant Hill School—an institution whose founders include Krishnamurti and Aldous Huxley—I.C.E. presented Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s “In the Light of Air,” for viola, cello, piano, harp, percussion, and electronics. The piece began in low light, with filament bulbs hanging from the ceiling. The instruments offered up a subdued, eerie fabric of timbres: ghostly glissandos on the viola and cello, fingertips and Super Balls brushing the strings of the harp and piano…Suddenly, the wall at the back of the auditorium was rolled aside, ushering in the bright-gray light and chilly breeze of a cloudy Ojai morning. Nothing I witnessed in opera houses this past season was as dramatic.”

Alex Ross, The New Yorker, July 2015

Blackbird Creative Lab

June 11-24

We’re excited to be hosting this summer’s Eighth Blackbird ensemble’s Creative Lab! “The Lab” brings together 30 tuition-free fellowships (24 instrumentalists and 6 composers) for an intensive, human-centered experience that will immerse lab fellows in a learn-by-doing, exploratory process of creating new work.

Concert Showcase June 23 & 24
Tickets are available now for two concerts featuring the 30 inaugural performer and composer fellows together with Eight Blackbird!

Ojai Playwrights Conference

August 5 – 12

Summer New Works Festival
The Ojai Playwrights Conference (OPC), one of the most acclaimed new play developmental programs in the country, celebrates another season with an exceptional program of playwrights, new play workshops and special performance events from August 5 through 12, 2018 in Ojai, California. Writers and performers include alumni from Besant Hill School.
Read more about the Summer Festival »

OPC Youth Workshop
After a week immersed in the writing process on the Besant Hill School Campus, young writers and performers take the stage with their raw and uncensored materials during a special performance on Saturday morning during the Summer New Works Festival.
Read more about the Youth Workshop »