Mission Statement: The Governor's School for the Arts is a center for innovation that develops excellence, nurtures creativity, inspires artistic vision and builds communities with passion for the arts.
Goals are to: * Prepare students to engage the arts thoughtfully and creatively while becoming life-long learners and advocates of the arts.* Offer instruction through classes, performances, and in cross-disciplinary opportunities by a faculty of professional instructors, artists and mentors.*Prepare and inspire students to meet the most rigorous admission requirements of colleges, universities, conservatories, internships and other career opportunities.*Encourage and provide opportunities for students to use their talents in service to others.*Create relationships with educational organizations and partnerships with arts organizations and the community at large.
Instructional Departments:DANCE offers professional training while encouraging the student's personal development and artistic expression. The primary focus of the program is ballet and modern dance.
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC offers professional training in a variety of individualized, jazz and orchestral instrumental music. The program is designed to provide the greatest benefits of passionate, disciplined and individualized music education for students with a variety of career interests.
MUSICAL THEATRE provides a challenging intensive program of study designed to develop performance skills in voice, dance and acting to the advanced level necessary to compete in today's complex and ever-changing entertainment industry.
THEATRE & FILM is designed to offer students a strong foundation in all aspects of the art of theatre and of film. Emphasis is placed on the rich cultural history of the art forms as well as practical applications in performance techniques for those on Performance Track and design techniques for those on the Design/Tech Track. All students gain a strong background in theatre history and dramatic literature. Performance techniques include classic acting styles as well as modern stage and film techniques. Design/Tech students use state of the art equipment to explore stage lighting, scenic and sound design as well as costuming and stage projections. Students from both tracks are eligible to have a secondary focus on playwriting or filmmaking. Filmmaking students will learn all aspects of filmmaking including writing a screenplay, using cameras, light and sound equipment as well as editing, and will have several opportunities to create short films. Advanced students have the opportunity for internships with the Virginia Stage Company.
VISUAL ARTS provides a venue where students can explore their artistic interests and potential in various mediums of visual arts to ultimately find their own vision. The program provides intensive and challenging instruction and experiences designed to help students develop a strong conceptual basis as well as the technical skills necessary for creating and evaluating their own style and sophisticated works of art. The program is designed to prepare students for college and a career in their chosen visual art medium.
VOCAL MUSIC is modeled on pre-conservartory standards for students training to sing as a soloist in classical vocal music. It offers in-depth, comprehensive training in opera, art song, and large scale choral repertoire in classes including Chorus, Opera Workshop, Studio, and Applied Voice, Non singing classes include Vocal Music Survey, Theory, Diction, Sight Singing, and Movement. The program prepares students for success in college vocal programs, and in professional careers.