Governor’s School for the Arts Summer, 2016
June 5 – June 29th, 2016


We are delighted that you will be joining us for the 2016 Governor’s School program. We congratulate each of you and your family for receiving this honor. Many plans are underway for you this summer. You will have the chance to work with some of the  best faculty and professionals from around the world. There will be incredible artists in each discipline that will open new doors and new ways of thinking about your art and collaborations. Many faculty and professionals will become mentors throughout your lives. As we continue to plan on making this the best experience for each of you; also you will have plans to make. You will be receiving information between now and the beginning of the school that will explain what is expected from you. Again, congratulations! Check the website, your email, and regular mail for communications and numbers where you may reach the chairs and production coordinators in your area if you need additional information. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Raphael Bundage – Director of GSFTA 

Important Dates:

June 5th, 2016 Student Registration Day Schedule for Governor’s School for the Arts is as Follows:

→  Art, Dance, Filmmaking, and Theatre Students

9:30 a.m. (Location: Wright Music Building)

→  Music Students 

11:00 a.m. (Location: Wright Music Building)

→  Orientation for All Areas

2:00 p.m.  (Location: Tucker Theatre)


Events at the 2016 School for the Arts


June 13-15 – Metropolitan Opera Mezzo-soprano MaryAnn McCormick – 2016 TN GSFTA Artist in Residence 

Nashville Symphony – Wednesday, June 22  •  7 PM

Nashville Symphony – Wednesday, June 22 • 7 PM

Wednesday, June 10 • 7 PM MTSU – Wright Music Building, Hinton Hall With seven Grammy® wins, Nashville Symphony is one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. Eighty-five members strong under the music direction of Giancarlo Guerrero, the group is... read more

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1439 Faulkinberry Drive, Murfreesboro, TN

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Area Chairpersons

If you have any questions please contact your area Chairperson.

The Chairpersons are listed below:


Production Coordinator - Justin Durham  


Chairperson - Laurie Merriman  


Vocal / Instrumental

Chairperson - Jerome Reed  

Visual Art/Filmmaking

Chairperson -John Ashworth  

About Us

The Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts exists to provide high quality arts education for gifted and talented high school students in the state of Tennessee. The pre-professional summer curriculum includes individual and group instruction designed to help each student explore and develop his or her talents in music, ballet, theatre, filmmaking, and visual art. About four hours a day, six days a week are spent working in the major area of concentration.  If you are a former student, visit the Governor's School Alumni Center.

The Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts is a month long summer program for rising 11th and 12th grade students in Tennessee. Administered by the State Department of Education, we offer study programs in art, dance, filmmaking, theatre, and music. Students are selected in competitive auditions during the months of January or February. Those eligible are Tennessee residents who attend public, private and home schools within the state. Questions? - Contact Us.



Governor’s School students learn that dance is inherent to our heritage and world and that of others around us. Students are encouraged to perceive, evaluate, and understand dance as a conveyor of culture.



Filmmaking students are introduced to both the theory and technical aspects of filmmaking. Through lectures, films and hand-on experiences, students will learn the three aspects of filmmaking: pre-production, production, and post-production.

Instrumental Program

Instrumental Program

The School for the Arts provides educational instruction for students skilled in strings, wind ensemble, piano, and both choral and opera technique..

Vocal Music

Vocal Music

The School for the Arts provides educational instruction for students skilled in strings, wind ensemble, piano, and both choral and opera technique..



The theater school is a program of dedicated and focused study in all areas of theatrical studies, with an emphasis on the process of creating live theatre.

Visual Art

Visual Art

Visual Arts students learn human understanding, achievement and self-development through the study and practice of visual art.