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

 

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

Google map link here

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

Glenna.Robinson@mtsu.edu


Dance

Chairperson - Laurie Merriman
 
lmerri@ilstu.edu


Music

Vocal / Instrumental

Chairperson - Jerome Reed
 
reedja@lipscomb.edu


Visual Art/Filmmaking

Chairperson -John Ashworth
 
ashworth@mtsu.edu


Theatre

Chairperson - Jeff Gibson
 
 jeff.gibson@mtsu.edu

 

Our Programs

  • Theatre

    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

    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

    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 »