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Celebrating Thirty Years! 1984-2014

Governor’s School will be June 1st-26th of 2014.


We are delighted that you will be joining us this 2014 Governor’s School program. We congratulate 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.

Lynda Hawkersmith, Dean of Students


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



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 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.

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