At VES, the arts are woven throughout the fabric of VES—in our robust arts curriculum, co-curricular and extracurricular activities, assembiies, talent shows, gallery shows and special programming offered throughout the year, highlighting the work of VES students and a broad range of visiting artists. Discovering, nurturing and showcasing student talent are paramount.
There are many ways for you to get involved.
Enjoy singing? Join the Glee Club or Vocal Ensemble. Play an instrument? Participate in our Jazz Ensemble or a chamber group. Want to understand music more deeply? Take classes in music theory.
Interested in stage performance or technical theater? Participate in the fall play, the annual musical, or one-act plays and learn about and apply your skills in the technical and performance aspects of theater.
Are you an artist? Whatever your medium, you can find an outlet in our studio art classes and display your creations in galleries on campus and in town.
Fascinated by photography or multimedia production? Learn to write a storyboard, capture images with a drone and the latest technology, and conduct interviews in our green screen studio.
Students are encouraged to share your talents broadly. Each Friday, the VES community enjoys the talents of fellow students in our Fine Arts Friday assemblies. Studio and performing artists on campus are featured at all major campus events. In addition, studio artists enter local and regional art competitions, and performing artists perform on campus, as well as regionally, and even internationally, when possible.
Join in the Arts at VES
Whether you’ve been studying art or music for years or you’re ready to explore untapped skills, VES provides the perfect place to explore, learn and perfect your talents!
We invite you to discover, develop and debut ... find your place in the arts at VES!
List of 4 members.
June McGraw McBroom Chair of Fine & Performing Arts/Music Teacher/Coach, Drama
Debbie joined the VES community in 1998 as Chairman of the Fine Arts Department. Debbie Burton graduated from Bluefield College with a B.A. in music and holds a Master of Music Degree from Converse College’s School of Music. Debbie first taught at Bluefield College and became an Assistant Professor there. Later, she moved to Lynchburg where she taught choral music at E.C. Glass High School. In 2003, Ms. Burton became the Director of Music at Peakland Baptist Church.
Debbie received the Distinguished Faculty Award at Bluefield College and at VES she received the Paul Fulton Distinguished Faculty Award in 2003. Her Virginia Episcopal School choirs have sung in London’s Westminster Cathedral, at the Vatican in Rome, and at St. Marks in Venice. Ms. Burton is a national figure in the world of music education and has been a reader for the AP Music Theory Exam for some time. Recently, she was selected by the College Board organization as one of ten music educators in the nation to serve on the Test Development Committee for the AP Music Theory Exam.
Ms. Burton directs the Glee Club and teaches AP Music Theory and Public Speaking. She also directs the winter drama one-act plays and serves as producer and music director of the spring musical.
Debbie is the mother of a son and a daughter: Noah, a UVA graduate, and now pursuing an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Emerson College in Boston, MA, and Victoria, a student at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA.
Jesi is originally from Massachusetts where she grew up in a small town on Cape Cod. She received her B.A. in Ceramics and in Art Education from East Carolina University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She went on to earn her master’s in Arts Education from ECU as well. Jesi teaches a broad range of classes in the visual arts at all levels, including ceramics, photography, studio art and portfolio development. She also serves as an advisor and McCormick dorm parent. Prior to VES, Jesi instructed students in a variety of mediums at a public high school in North Carolina. Her personal interests include her love for the ocean, outdoor adventures, creating ceramic artwork, CrossFit, traveling and time with family.
Chris Aldrich hold his B.A. degree in Theatre from George Mason University and an M.F.A. from the esteemed Sarah Lawrence College in New York. He comes to VES from Austen Prep in Massachusetts, where he has gained tremendous experience in the performing arts including set design and construction, lighting, sound while teaching acting, theatre tech and speech/debate and being a coveted advisor of more than 10 students. Chris has experience working on 25-plus theatre productions. At VES, Chris will teach three sections in the arts, lead our theatre afternoon program, manage the Garmey Theater facility, including all major performances and guest artists, and perform duty. We are excited to welcome Chris and his fiancé, Sara, to VES.
Right outside our campus, the city of Lynchburg has an active and diverse arts community with endless opportunities to catch a play, hear live music, attend the opera and symphony and stroll through galleries. And throughout the broader region, opportunities for enjoying the arts are ever present.
SUMMER ARTS OPPORTUNITIES
Spoleto Study Abroad Offers Immersive Experience in the Arts and Humanities
Among an exclusive consortium of 20 schools in the U.S., VES offers our students the opportunity totravel, learn and be inspiredthrough theSpoleto Study Abroad Program. This three-week creative immersion and enrichment program in Spoleto, Italy, delivers a broad selection of courses in the arts and humanities—vocal music, instrumental music, visual art, photography, drama, filmmaking and creative writing. VES students and teachers have participated in past years. If interested, please talk withMs. Debbie Burton, Director of Fine & Performing Arts.
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