PAVAN Regional Governor’s School for the Arts is a rigorous and engaging 2-week summer program for rising high school students in the fields of Classical Guitar, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Voice. Acceptance to this tuition-free program is merit-based only and all students must pass an audition to attend. PAVAN serves high school students who are in public, private, or home schools, in the counties of Frederick, Loudoun, Warren and Winchester City.
PAVAN 2-week summer program!
9 am - 2:30 pm
5 pm - 9 pm
Current 8 - 11th graders who are in public, private or homeschooled within the counties of Frederick, Loudoun, Warren, and Winchester City.
All students apply online and record video auditions to include in their application. Please follow the directions on the Apply and Audition pages. The deadline to apply is February 28.
PAVAN aims for a teacher - student ratio of 1:10. Approximately 30 students are accepted in each division.
Classical Guitar, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Voice. Multi-talented students must choose one area of study for which to apply and audition.
PAVAN is a tuition-free program funded by the State of Virginia and the Counties of Frederick, Loudoun, Warren, and Winchester City.
Students receive two weeks of intense instruction and mentoring in their field by talented faculty who encourage students to grow beyond the limits of the traditional school year. Students are surrounded by like-minded peers as they spend 6 hours a day doing what they love most.
All students must apply online with their video audition by February 28. The online Teacher Recommendation Form is due March 15. Attendance for the entire duration of the program, including the final performance, is required of all students.
Yes, yes it is. If your student is accepted to PAVAN, please do not schedule vacation, doctor's appointments or other events to overlap during PAVAN.
Frederick County Public Schools host PAVAN. Sherando High School in Stephens City, Virginia is our home school.
Transportation IS provided for Loudoun and Warren County students. The bus schedule will be released at the end of June. Transportation is NOT provided for Frederick County or Winchester City students.
The atmosphere of PAVAN was less tense than in school. This allowed me to enjoy practice sessions a lot more.
I love this program and I wish I could apply next year. It’s been a rock in my tumultuous summer since middle school.
It was a very positive environment where we wanted to do our best. I feel at home here.
I get more specific feedback about what I need to personally work on at PAVAN. I am also encouraged to try new things here without the fear that others would judge me.
I like the opportunity to experiment with unfamiliar ideas without the pressure of assignments and deadlines, and the restrictions of available art supplies.
PAVAN is different from the instructors at my school because I was pushed to try new mediums and think about art in ways I haven’t before. I also had much more creative freedom.
I liked how welcoming and high-energy the teachers were and when you’d make a mistake they helped you improve with no judgment.
I’m really glad I did this program again; I feel like I really pushed myself in experimentation. This program always reminds me how fun art can be, and to be more open.
I have gained so much experience through this course, everyone has been so kind to me and not one person has said something that made me feel unwanted.
AJ Van Zandt
AJ Van Zandt
James Wood High School
161 Apple Pie Ridge Rd
Winchester, VA 22603
Sherando High School
185 S Warrior Dr
Stephens City, VA 22603
Frederick County: Judi Greathouse
Loudoun County: Michael Pierson
Warren County: Heather Bragg
Winchester City: Sara Gardner
PAVAN Governor's School for the Arts
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