Category: GSFTA News

Mezzo-soprano MaryAnn McCormick – 2016 Artist in Residence

Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano MaryAnn McCormick has been hailed in the press as “charismatic”, “spell-binding”, and “elegant”. Her international credits include Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri at La Scala, Azucena in Il Trovatore at the Teatro Regio Torino, and First Maid in Elektra with Christoph von Dohnanyi at the Opéra National de Paris.

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Bobby Mitchell – GSFTA Alumnus – performing at Bargemusic

A review of Bobby Mitchell performing at Bargemusic. Bobby was a Governor’s School piano student who went to Eastman, then did graduate work in the Netherlands.  “Ending the first half was the last of the world premieres, Fred Rzewski’s Winter Nights, three related pieces written for pianist Bobby Mitchell. These are surprising works. Before he played, Mitchell remarked that they might be seen as indicating a late style, and they do go against type. While there are flashes of Rzewski’s virtuosic fire, the music is quiet, slow, spare, impressionistic, shining frigidly like streetlights off new-fallen snow. The piece compiles an intriguing...

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The Daily News Journal covers the 2015 Governor’s School

Governor’s School students gear up for finales Brian Wilson, The Daily News Journal MURFREESBORO – Hundreds of high school students from across Tennessee are preparing for two days of finale performances that will conclude the four-week Governor’s School for the Arts summer program at Middle Tennessee State University. Read more at the Daily News Journal   Image by...

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TN Governor’s School for the Arts Alumni Ronald Nelson

High-school senior and TN Governor’s School for the Arts Alumni Ronald Nelson. Soon to be a college freshman, GSFTA Alumni Ronald Nelson has been making the news recently.  After being accepted at not one, but eight Ivy league schools, Ronald decided his long-term academic and financial goals would be better served by attending the University of Alabama.  The U of A has provided Ronald with a full merit scholarship and waived his out of state fees.  Ronald’s story has been widely covered in the national and international press.  He attended the TN Governor’s school for the Arts in 2014. ...

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Alexander joins MTSU in welcoming Governor’s School in 30th year

Alexander joins MTSU in welcoming Governor’s School in 30th year June 6, 2014 by MTSU News and Media Relations For almost three decades, the Governor’s School for the Arts has nurtured the “creative spark” of young Tennesseans with a love for music, theatre, visual arts, dance and filmmaking. As the program kicked off its 30th anniversary this week at MTSU, the man who founded the statewide summer programs for gifted high schoolers said his goal remains the same for each participant: “aim for the top.” “The whole idea was simply to find within our schools students who were really...

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About the School

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



For Students who have completed the program.

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.