Governor’s School for the Arts Summer, 2019
June 1, 2019 – June 22, 2019

We are delighted that you will be joining us for the 2019 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

2019 Events



NASHVILLE SYMPHONY WED, JUN 12 | 7 PM MTSU – Wright Music Building, Hinton Hall With several Grammy® wins, Nashville Symphony is one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. Eighty-three members strong under the music direction of Giancarlo Guerrero,...

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GPS Address:

1439 Faulkinberry Drive, Murfreesboro, TN

Google map link here

Mailing Address:

Governor’s School for the Arts 1301 E. Main St. Box 38 Murfreesboro, TN 37132



For Students who have completed the program.

Music Audition Coordinator
John McDonald
Contact Here

Theatre Audition Coordinator
Darren Levin
Contact Here

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Area Chairpersons

If you have any questions please contact your area Chairperson.

The Chairpersons are listed below along with the main GSFTA Office contact for general questions.

Please check the FAQ - as your question may be answered there.

Main GSFTA Office

Glenna Robinson



Chairperson - Laurie Merriman


Vocal / Instrumental

Chairperson - Jerome Reed

Visual Art/Filmmaking

Chairperson -John Ashworth


Chairperson - Jeff Gibson


Our Programs

  • Theatre


    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.Read More »
  • 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..Read More »
  • 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..Read More »
  • Visual Art

    Visual Art

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


    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.Read More »
  • Dance


    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.Read More »

Our Mission

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 summer intensive 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.

Our Programs:

Dance, Filmmaking, Instrumental Music Program, Vocal Music Program, Theatre, and Visual Art



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