Young musicians learn advanced musical skills through private instruction, ensemble training and music history and theory studies.

Guided by professional, practicing musicians, the Music Department offers pre-professional training in the following areas:

Brass | Harp | Percussion | Piano | Strings | Voice | Woodwinds

The Residential High School program includes orchestral training, advanced vocal studies and opera workshop, chamber music experience, instrument-specific seminars and master classes, and courses in music theory and music history. All music students sing in the Governor’s School Choir.


As part of the intensive curriculum, students represent the school through performances in the Governor's School Choir and one or more of the following large groups each semester: Cantus Chamber Choir, Concertato String Orchestra, Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.


Music students also have the opportunity to compete in regional and national competitions and have been recognized by organizations such as the American String Teachers Association, Carolina Youth Symphony, Music Teachers National Association, S.C. Band Directors Association, and YoungArts.

Instrumental Early Admission

Highly talented 9th grade instrumentalists may apply for the Instrumental Early Admission (IEA) program. Learn more about the IEA program.

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Questions about the Music program?
Call: 864.270.5339

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Student playing string instrument

Our musicians have continued their studies at institutions such as...