2018 Special Events:

Sandstory – Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Sandstory – Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Joe Castillo ALL SCHOOL EVENT – Hinton Hall “Inspiring Transformation through Art, Storytelling and Creativity” SandStory consists of art images created by Joe Castillo as he draws in sand with his Hands-on light table. This captivating performance is scored and...

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Damien Horne – Wednesday, June 13th

Damien Horne – Wednesday, June 13th

Damien Horne is the kind of guy you really enjoy getting to know. One reason is because he has a special way of making everyone around him feel special. He’s intentional about doing that because he sincerely believes that they are. Damien has a real knack for tapping...

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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 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 »

Governor’s School for the Arts Summer, 2018
June 1, 2018 – June 23, 2018

We are delighted that you will be joining us for the 2018 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 



If you have any questions please contact your area Chairperson or Coordinator.


Chairperson – Laurie Merriman 


Chairperson – Jerry Reed


Audition Coordinator – Justin Durham Reed

Visual Art and Filmmaking

Chairperson - John Ashworth

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