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IMPORTANT DATES: December 15th, 2015 – Audition Schedules Posted →SEE BELOW

January 16th and 17th, 2016 – GSFTA Auditions on the campus of MTSU
February 6th, 2016 – Acceptance Notification mailed
February 15th, 2016 – Deadline to Return Reply Card
March 1, 2016 – Student Information Packet Mailed
May 1, 2016 – Deadline to Return Student Information Materials to GSFTA Office

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


Audition Schedule for the 2016 Governor’s School for the Arts

Download the Schedule and the welcome letter for your area.

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



pdf-51Theatre Audition Schedule 2016

Theatre Audition Letter

Production Coordinator – Justin Durham Justin.Durham@mtsu.edu  


pdf-51Dance Audition Schedule 2016 – Updated Jan. 4th

Dance Audition Letter

Chairperson – Laurie Merriman lmerri@ilstu.edu  


pdf-51Music Audition Schedule 2016

Music Audition Letter

Chairperson – Jerome Reed jerry.reed@lipscomb.edu  

Visual Art/Filmmaking

pdf-51Visual Arts / Filmmaking Audition Schedule and Letter

Chairperson -John Ashworth john.ashworth@mtsu.edu  


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.

Tennesse Governor’s School for the Arts – Promotional Video

Our Programs:


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.

Instrumental Music

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

Vocal Music

Students in vocal music take classes in theory, conducting, improvisation, and participate in large and small vocal ensembles in choral music and opera workshop.


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.


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.

Visual Arts

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