Dr. Raphael Bundage

Director - TN GSFTA

Director, Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts

Raphael Bundage is Director of Choral Activities and Opera at Middle Tennessee State University. Bundage has served as the Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master of the Nashville Opera and the Nashville Symphony. He also presently serves as the Director of the Sanctuary Choir at... read more

Dr. Raphael Bundage

Director - TN GSFTA

Director, Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts

Raphael Bundage is Director of Choral Activities and Opera at Middle Tennessee State University. Bundage has served as the Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master of the Nashville Opera and the Nashville Symphony. He also presently serves as the Director of the Sanctuary Choir at the First Presbyterian Church of Nashville. He holds Bachelor degrees from Texas Christian University and Graduate degrees from the Eastman School of Music. Prior to his Graduate study, he was the Supervisor of Choral music in the Edinburgh, Texas Public School System. While at Eastman, he was director of the Eastman Chamber Chorus and the Assistant Director of the Eastman-Rochester Symphony Chorus. Bundage serves as frequent adjudicator and clinician in the choral field throughout the country and has led numerous International Concert tours. He is himself the product of an extraordinary host of master teachers including Alfred Mann, Roberta Bailey, Julius Herford, and Robert Shaw.

rbundage@mtsu.edu

Glenna Robinson

School Coordinator

Glenna Robinson comes to the Governor’s School from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan, where she worked for the Office of Admissions from 1993-2008.Ms. Robinson moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 2008 and became the School Coordinator for the Governor’s School for the Arts.

Ms. Robinson has a B.A. in Multi-disciplinary studies... read more

Glenna Robinson

School Coordinator

Glenna Robinson comes to the Governor’s School from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan, where she worked for the Office of Admissions from 1993-2008.Ms. Robinson moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 2008 and became the School Coordinator for the Governor’s School for the Arts.

Ms. Robinson has a B.A. in Multi-disciplinary studies and an M.A. in Professional Studies. She has two children and one grandchild.

Terry Jolley

Dean of Students

Terry Jolley is currently serving as Co-Director of the Stewarts Creek High School Band in Smyrna, Tennessee.  Prior to this position, he served the Director of Development at The Band Hall and served as the Director of Education and Brass Supervisor/Arranger for The Music City Drum and Bugle Corps.

Mr. Jolley... read more

Terry Jolley

Dean of Students

Terry Jolley is currently serving as Co-Director of the Stewarts Creek High School Band in Smyrna, Tennessee.  Prior to this position, he served the Director of Development at The Band Hall and served as the Director of Education and Brass Supervisor/Arranger for The Music City Drum and Bugle Corps.

Mr. Jolley was recruited as the Supervisor of the Extended School Program for Murfreesboro City Schools which involved over 3,000 students from K-6.  He has over twenty years in the music education profession at multiple levels of instruction including Siegel Middle School, Stewarts Creek Middle School, and Blackman High School in Murfreesboro.  He also enjoyed serving as the Associate Director of Bands at Middle Tennessee State University.

Before taking the position at MTSU, he was co-director of bands at John Overton High School in Nashville, Tn, and served as Director of Bands at Warren County High School in McMinnville, TN.  He has held several positions over a seventeen year span with The Governor’s School for the Arts including Director and production coordinator.

He has enjoyed 16 years of marriage to Alison, who is a registered nurse at Middle Tennessee Medical Center.  Terry and Alison are blessed with a beautiful daughter, Ava who is currently in fourth grade at Redeemer Christian Academy in Murfreesboro.

Thomas Chesnut

Assistant Dean of Students – Men

Thomas Chesnut is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education. Upon graduating,  Thomas worked as an education assistant and assistant band director at Cascade High School. He currently teaches in Bedford County and serves as the band director at Liberty... read more

Thomas Chesnut

Assistant Dean of Students – Men

Thomas Chesnut is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education. Upon graduating,  Thomas worked as an education assistant and assistant band director at Cascade High School. He currently teaches in Bedford County and serves as the band director at Liberty School and Harris Middle School and is the assistant band director at Shelbyville Central High School.

In addition to teaching band, he also serves as the choir teacher at Harris Middle School. Each year, he maintains several private lesson students throughout the middle Tennessee region. As an active performer, Thomas is a member of the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass, South Jackson Street Band, and Tennessee Valley Winds.

Wendy Bledsoe-Payne

Assistant Dean of Students – Women

Wendy Bledsoe-Payne is a Nashville native and graduated from McGavock High School in 1992.  At McGavock Ms. Payne and was a member of the McGavock Madrigal Singers under the direction of Mr. Bob Binkley.  While in high school Ms. Payne had the extraordinary opportunity to sing with the... read more

Wendy Bledsoe-Payne

Assistant Dean of Students – Women

Wendy Bledsoe-Payne is a Nashville native and graduated from McGavock High School in 1992.  At McGavock Ms. Payne and was a member of the McGavock Madrigal Singers under the direction of Mr. Bob Binkley.  While in high school Ms. Payne had the extraordinary opportunity to sing with the Nashville Symphony Chorus for the performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Carmina Burana under the direction of Kenneth Schermerhorn and Dr. Raphael Bundage.  

Ms. Payne is a graduate of MTSU with degrees in Vocal Performance, 2005 and Music Education.  While at MTSU, Ms. Payne was a member of the Chamber Chorus, Schola Cantorum and the Nashville Opera Chorus for the performances of Die Fledermaus, La Traviata, and The Magic Flute, all under the direction of Dr. Raphael Bundage.  For the MTSU Opera, Ms. Payne sang the roles of La Ciesca in Gianni Schicci, Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Elizabeth in The Crucible. In 1997 Ms. Payne Earned 2nd place at the Beethoven Competition in Memphis, TN and earned the Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera Regional Competition.  

Ms. Payne has studied voice with Dr. Vigil Hale, Dr. Gerald Pope, Dr. Christine Isley-Farmer, and Margy Bredeman.  Ms. Payne served as a Music Counselor for Governor’s School for the Arts from 1995-1998.  Ms. Payne has been a soloist/section leader for Vine St. Christian Church, West End Methodist Church, and First Presbyterian Church in Nashville.  Ms. Payne is currently the Music Director at Trinity United Methodist Church.  Ms. Payne has been the Assistant-Choir Director and General Music teacher at Siegel High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee for the past 4 years and is an active member of NAfMe, MTVA, TMEA, and ACDA.