Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Stephanie Caulder, D.M.

Second Advisor

Joan Van Dyke, M.F.A.

Third Advisor

Keith Young, D.M.A.


This thesis covers the history of the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts from its inception in 1973 to its end in 2008. The mission of PGSA was to provide a high quality of artistic and cultural experiences and training in the areas of visual art, creative writing, dance, music, and theater in a five-week summer residential program for selected Pennsylvania high school sophomores and juniors. The philosophy of PGSA was that artistically talented students needed to have meaningful experiences in their particular area of the Fine Arts and that these students needed a time and place to meet other talented students. Two main streams of data were used in the writing of this thesis. The first source of data is archived information from PGSA that I have acquired. The second source of data is interviews of former program directors, faculty members, and students.