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Governor's School for the Arts (GSA)



Audition  Announcements

Sunday, January 15
10:40 p.m.
The band boosters and planning staff at Washington High School are to be commended for their warm hospitality during the GSA auditions there. Everyone was prepared for a Saturday event, but when the date was changed to Sunday, they didn't bat an eye.
Mrs. Judy Marcus and site organizer Mr. Robert Brown, III, made quick room changes, moved the signs, and saw to it that there was ample space for both staff and waiting families. The snack and beverage bars were constantly replenished with tasty treats. 
 Two teams of student helpers manned the registration table and served as runner and 
traffic controllers in the music suite.   Again, thanks from the GSA staff for giving up 
your Sunday. We appreciate you.  
 For directions to the audition sites in 2017, click here.



The Best Three Weeks You Never Imagined!

June 25-July 15, 2017 at Marshall University

......and it's FREE

Just when you're starting to think that things can't get better, they do. For current sophomores, a chance to experience a summer that's so good you cannot even imagine it lies in the Governor's School for the Arts (GSA). The 2017 session of this outstanding opportunity to help young artists develop their talents and expand their horizons will take ion the vibrant campus of Marshall University

Imagine spending three weeks honing your skills in the arts you love!

  • Acting
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance---ballet and modern
  • Digital Art--from photo editing to creating virtual games
  • Instrumental Music
  • Studio Art
  • Vocal Music  

If you are a tenth-grader who writes, dances, sings, plays an instrument, acts, draws/paints or works in digital media, take the time to explore this site and talk about it with other students who have attended. They report that the Governor's School for the Arts (GSA) is the "most awesome experience" of their lives. Read through the entire site before making your decision. If it seems that this is just the opportunity you've been looking for, take the first step and start the application process. It could change you forever.

Whatever you do, you should take a look at the awesome video clips and photos created by Jared Thompson and Aaron Kuhn and posted on Facebook (GSA 2016). Daily broadcasts let family and friends know what was happening at this premier school. In addition, you should read the testimonials and Student Handbook from 2016. 
Applicants to the School for the Arts must currently be sophomores who live and attend school in West Virginia. Students who attend public and private schools as well as those who are home-schooled are eligible. Selected students are also expected to attend school within West Virginia next year. Home-schooled students must present verification of West Virginia residency.

Although requirements are discussed at length on another page, it is important that you know from the beginning that students should have earned at least a 2.5 GPA for their freshman year.

Take a peek at what happened at GSA 2016 by clicking on the following link. You'll never forget what your fellow students say on the video.      


Important dates for GSA--Marshall University, June 25-July 15, 2017
October 20      Applications published
October 21   Information will be sent to school principals, counselors, and teachers in all seven areas of the arts
October 25       Faculty applications will be available on the website
November 20    Faculty applications due 
December 2     Applications must be postmarked by the end of the day. Part I must be submitted on line or application will not be considered.
December 15 & 16     Audition letters will be sent via email
January 7, 14, 21   Auditions. Some may be scheduled on the preceding Friday by special request
January 15    RA applications will be published (See main Governor's Schools page--'Prospective Faculty and Staff" link at bottom right of page.


Counselors: Review the following section of the website to see the responsibilities on your level. For Counselors and County Coordinators

Sherry Keffer, Director of Governor's Schools Department of Education and the Arts
Building 5, Room 205
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25305
304 558-2440
All of West Virginia's Governor's Schools are provided at no cost to the students or their parents.

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