The TN Governor’s School for the Arts will be held June 4th, 2017 – June 29, 2017

2017 Music Student Evaluations

GSFTA 2017 Special Events

FALL Contemporary | Aerial | Dance – Wednesday, June 7

FALL Contemporary | Aerial | Dance – Wednesday, June 7

DANCE STUDENT FIELDTRIP Wednesday, June 7 abrasivemedia, Houston station, Nashville Fall is a contemporary dance company that incorporates aerial dance (hanging from the ceiling), site-specific work (climbing on things that are not typically climbed on), traditional...

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Nashville Symphony – Friday, June 9 • 7 PM

Nashville Symphony – Friday, June 9 • 7 PM

Nashville Symphony Friday, June 9 • 7 pm ALL-SCHOOL CONVOCATION MTSU – Wright music Building, Hinton Hall With several Grammy® wins, Nashville symphony is one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. Eighty-five members strong under the music direction...

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International Folkfest – Monday, June 12 – 7 PM

International Folkfest – Monday, June 12 – 7 PM

Monday, June 12 – 7 pm MASTERCLASS MTSU– Tucker Theatre, Boutwell Dramatic arts Building celebrate the cultures of lithuania, canada, mexico, and the United states with visiting musical and dance groups including Ballet Folklorico de los angeles, mariachi Garibaldi,...

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Verge Theatre Co. – June 14 – 15

Verge Theatre Co. – June 14 – 15

Experimental as well as entertaining, verge brings smallbudget, topical, raw, representative, risky, chicago-style theater to Nashville. GsFTa students will be attending The Whale by samuel D. Hunter and Beneatha’s Place by kwame kwei-armah.

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Art & Film at Watkins – Friday, June 16

Art & Film at Watkins – Friday, June 16

Friday, June 16 ART AND FILM STUDENT FIELD TRIP Watkins college of art, Design & Film, Nashville visit the ultra-creative Watkins campus to see what some of the area’s most talented film and art students are making in these exciting fields http://www.watkins.edu/...

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Note: Honors Recital information for Instrumentalists and Vocalists

We are delighted that you will be joining us this 2017 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. Raphael Bundage – Director of GSFTA

In Memoriam

Tom Lyle Naylor, age 78 of Murfreesboro, died unexpectedly after a short illness February 20, 2017. He was born in Wolbach, Nebraska on May 10, 1938.  He served as director of the Governor’s School for the Arts from its inception in 1985 until 1998.    Read more…

GPS Address:

1439 Faulkinberry Drive, Murfreesboro, TN

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Mailing Address:

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



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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    Justin.Durham@mtsu.edu  


Chairperson - Laurie Merriman   lmerri@ilstu.edu  


Vocal / Instrumental

Chairperson - Jerome Reed   jerry.reed@lipscomb.edu  

Visual Art/Filmmaking

Chairperson -John Ashworth   ashworth@mtsu.edu  

2017 Performance events

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. Questions? – Contact Us.

Our Programs:

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

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