Welcome.

Governor’s School for the Arts Summer, 2021

June 5, 2021 – June 26, 2021

Opening Ceremony Livestream this Saturday June 5th at 2pm and 3pm.

https://www.mtsu.edu/events/live

We are delighted that you will be joining us for the 2021 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



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.

Please consider making a donation in any amount to support our talented youth and arts education in Tennessee.

 

Music Faculty recital 7PM & 8PM June 6th – Brahms

Music Faculty recital 7PM & 8PM June 6th – Brahms

Johannes Brahms (German: [joˈhanəs ˈbʁaːms]; 7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, he spent much of his professional life in Vienna. He is sometimes grouped with Johann...

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Sierra Boggess 6/9: Guest Speaker

Sierra Boggess 6/9: Guest Speaker

Sierra Boggess was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She is the daughter of hippie parents and the middle child of two extraordinary sisters, Summer and Allegra. From a young age she was always surrounded by the joy of music and performing. As a child, Sierra was a...

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Art – Visit to the Frist June 12th

Art – Visit to the Frist June 12th

The Frist Art Museum opened in April 2001 and has since hosted touring exhibitions from some of the most prestigious collections in the world, as well as award-winning shows organized in-house. Our exhibitions change every few months, so plan to visit often to see...

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Alias Chamber Ensemble Concert Monday June 14 7pm

Alias Chamber Ensemble Concert Monday June 14 7pm

ALIAS is a nonprofit chamber ensemble dedicated to an innovative repertoire, artistic excellence, and a desire to give back to the community. Its wide-ranging repertoire brings Nashville audiences a mix of chamber music that cannot be heard anywhere else. ALIAS was...

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Deidrie Henry 6/16: Guest Speaker

Deidrie Henry 6/16: Guest Speaker

Deidrie Henry, was born in Barbados an is an award-winning actor and musician and much, much more. She came to the U.S. with her family in the late 1970s.. As a student at Atlanta's Avondale High School, the range of her talents was already on display, as she excelled...

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Thursday June 17 Music Faculty Concert 7PM – Rachmaninoff and Mahler

Thursday June 17 Music Faculty Concert 7PM – Rachmaninoff and Mahler

Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff(English: /rɑːxˈmɑːnəˌnɔːf, -ˌnɒf, rɑːk-/ rahkh-MAH-nə-nawf, -⁠nof, rahk-;Russian: Серге́й Васи́льевич Рахма́нинов, tr. Sergei Vasilyevich Rakhmaninov, IPA: [sʲɪrˈɡʲej vɐˈsʲilʲjɪvʲɪt͡ɕ rɐxˈmanʲɪnəf] (1 April [O.S. 20 March] 1873 – 28...

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Halena Kays 6/18-6/20: Improv Masterclasses

Halena Kays 6/18-6/20: Improv Masterclasses

Halena Kays is an assistant professor at Northwestern University where she works with MFA actors and directors. She is based in Chicago where she is a founding member of the artistic collaborative, The Ruffians, former member of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care unit,...

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Laurence O’Keefe 6/23: Guest Speaker

Laurence O’Keefe 6/23: Guest Speaker

Laurence O’Keefe was a producer of the original LA and NY productions of Heathers (Drama Desk nomination for music). With his wife Nell Benjamin, he won the Olivier Award (London’s Tony) for co-writing Legally Blonde: The Musical, which ran 2 1/2 years on the West End...

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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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For Students who have completed the program.


Music Audition Coordinator
John McDonald
Contact Here


Theatre Audition Coordinator
Darren Levin
Contact Here


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 - Kate Goodwin
 
 katie.goodwin@mtsu.edu

Alumni News

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 »