Welcome.

The TN Governor’s School for the Arts will be held June 5, 2021 – June 26, 2021

APPLICATION DUE: December 1st, 2020

Be sure to complete both the Application below and the Online Student Data Form.

Students must complete and return their applications to their Guidance Counselor in time for the Guidance Office to postmark applications within the deadline. 


Download the 2021 Application

Governor’s School for the Arts
Application deadline: December 1st, 2020

2021 Online Student Data Form

Please fill out the Online Data Form after you have completed the .pdf application

Auditions


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

Dance Auditions

 

 
Chairperson – Laurie Merriman
lmerri@ilstu.edu

Theater Auditions

 

 
Audition Coordinator – Darren Levin
Darren.levin@mtsu.edu

Visual Art and Filmmaking

 
Chairperson – John Ashworth
ashworth@mtsu.edu
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.

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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.

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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..

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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
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
Visual Art

Visual Art

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

read more

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.

Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts – Promotional Video

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

 

Joshua VanderVeen – GSFTA Alumnus

Joshua VanderVeen – GSFTA Alumnus

My name is Joshua vanderVeen, I attended the Governor’s School for the Arts for vocal music in 2013. I believe that this program is where I fell in love with the arts. Since then, I have been getting involved in any way I can. I been to other summer...

Montego Glover – Gifted Singer – Gsfta alumnus

Montego Glover – Gifted Singer – Gsfta alumnus

Montego Glover was born in Macon, Georgia and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A graduate of Florida State University with a BFA in Music Theatre, Montego made her Broadway debut in the original Broadway cast of The Color Purple in the roles of Celie & Nettie....

Trombonist Jeremy Wilson – Gsfta alumnus

Trombonist Jeremy Wilson – Gsfta alumnus

Trombonist Jeremy Wilson is acclaimed for the versatility and lyricism of his playing as well as his insight and commitment as a teacher. Currently Associate Professor of Trombone at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, Wilson is something of a legend in...

Holli Harrison, Soprano – GSFTA alumnus

Holli Harrison, Soprano – GSFTA alumnus

Holli Harrison’s ‘stunning vocal beauty’ and ‘huge range, resilience and power’ have heralded her as one of America’s most promising Young Dramatic Sopranos. A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Harrison is a Grand Prize Winner of the 2006 Metropolitan Opera National...

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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TRANSCRIPT REQUEST FORM

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 - Jeff Gibson
 
 jeff.gibson@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 »