Discover the Arts

Exploring the Arts at VES

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.

  • Debbie Burton 

    June McGraw McBroom Chair of Fine & Performing Arts/Music Teacher/Coach, Drama
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  • Joshua Miller 

    Director of Theatre Arts/Teacher/Coach, Boys Basketball, Drama
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  • Jesi Thompson 

    Art Teacher
  • Ed Mikenas 

    Director of Instrumental Ensemble
Enjoy the Arts in Our Region

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.


Middle and high school students interested in the arts are invited to attend the Virginia Summer Arts Collaborative—a summer training program in the arts at Virginia Episcopal School. During a two-week session, students immerse themselves in a talented, creative environment where they will:

  • Hone their skills, expand their capabilities, and explore new and innovative ideas used in the professional world today.
  • Gain high-level instruction from a distinguished faculty of performing artists and musicians from around the country
  • Focus on the process of creating their art, benefiting from mindfulness, reflection and self-awareness
  • Collaborate with other student artists, enjoying shared experiences and learning from each other
  • Network with professionals and gain insights into careers in the arts
  • Perform their work for the community
  • Leave with a polished portfolio of work 

Students who want to deepen their passion and understanding in the arts may hone their talents overseas in Spoleto, Italy, where they can participate in the Spoleto Study Abroad Program—a three-week intensive program offering classes in visual art, photography, vocal music, drama, instrumental music and filmmaking. VES students have this extraordinary opportunity to participate in this program, as VES is one of only 12 select schools in the U.S. that make up the Spoleto consortium.

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