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To provide quality, affordable arts instruction in music, art and drama for children and adults in Gaston County, North Carolina and the surrounding area.




GSOA is a non-profit organization and an affiliate receiving funds from Gaston Arts Council. The School's children's theatre, GSOA Playhouse was founded in 2000 to give local young people performance and educational opportunities in all the theatre arts. GSOA is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors. GSOA employees between 20-25 part time instructors per year. As a partner with Gaston County Schools, our instructors undergo background checks and hold 4 year degrees or the equivalent professional experience in their specialties.

Summer Camps in Art, Music & Drama
GSOA provides a complete schedule of Summer Arts Camps in music, art and drama for childen and art classes for adults and high school students.

GSOA provides need and talent-based scholarship opportunities, and awards between 5-15 scholarships a year.  Click here for more information on scholarships with GSOA.

Outreach Camps
GSOA also provides summer outreach arts camps for Gaston County Boys & Girls Clubs, the YMCA afterschool program and for the Gaston Co. These camps are funded by North Carolina's Grassroots Grants and distributed locally through the Gaston Arts Council. (GAC). Click here for more information and registration forms.

The School provides individual instruction in piano, woodwinds, violin, banjo, mandolin, guitar, percussion and voice throughout the year. The School also offers group class instruction for children in visual arts and drama during the school year and summer arts camps in drama, music and visual art for ages 3-18.

Adult art classes include oil & acrylic, drawing, watercolor and pottery.

“A Taste of the Arts” teaches music, drama and art in an age-appropriate curriculum for children from 3-8 years old (divided by age groups) and ends with a “mini theatre” production for parents.

GSOA Playhouse
Our children’s theatre, GSOA Playhouse, founded in 2000, offers young people training and performance opportunities in theatre. The Playhouse presents 2 to 5 productions per year and auditions are open to the public. Age requirements for productions vary for each production. Please call 704-866-8882 to be added to the audition email list.


Gaston School of the Arts
825 Union Road
Gastonia, NC 28054