A vividly blue imagination.

Our arts programs are full of seriously talented, creative students.

Musicians, visual artists, actors—all find abundant opportunity to grow through their studies, extracurricular opportunities and collaboration with faculty. Whether they’re performing with the Aristocrat of Bands at a presidential inauguration or backing up Jennifer Hudson at the Kennedy Center, our students are carrying on a proud legacy of excellence.

You don’t have to major in the arts to be part of the scene at TSU. Anyone can audition for theater productions (and tickets to all performances are FREE for students) or work backstage. Many of the vocalists and musicians in our ensembles are non-music majors.

Art at Tennessee State is alive in festivals, concerts and shows—enriching every TSU student’s experience.

  • More ways to express yourself.

  • Instrumental ensembles include: The Aristocrat of Bands, Jazz Collegians, Commercial Music ensembles, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and many other instrument-specific groups such as Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Trumpet Choir.

  • Vocal Music

    The TSU Choir sang at the reopening of the Opryland Hotel after the Nashville flood of 2010, and continues to be one of the Department of Music’s flagship ensembles. Other groups include Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Meistersingers and Opera Workshop.

  • Commercial Music

    In the Commercial Music program, students focus on various careers and business practices of the music industry. They also study piano, music theory and music history; take private lessons; and present a recital.

  • Visual Arts

    Over 50 different courses cover skills such as jewelry and metalsmithing, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, photography, painting and more.

  • Originality.

  • trusting your perspective.

  • social preparedness.

  • confidently making your way in the world.

  • knowing and speaking your mind.

  • inheriting the strength of leaders and champions.

  • fearsome on the field.

  • using your voice.

  • moving up.

  • passion.

  • “WTST, The Blaze!”

  • the Warm Welcome BBQ on the quad.

  • doing graduate work at yale, mit, penn state, purdue and ohio state.

  • not giving up without a fight.

  • the ferocity of the tiger.

  • real-world research and internships.

  • home to the inventor of the cell phone microchip.

  • comfortable in your own skin.

  • impeccable manners.

  • looking sharp.