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, assemblies, 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!

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  • Photo of Deborah Burton

    Debbie Burton 

    June McGraw McBroom Chair of Fine & Performing Arts | Arts Teacher
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  • Photo of Jessica Thompson

    Jesi Thompson 

    Visual Arts Teacher | Advisor, Afternoon Arts
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    Chris Aldrich 

    Theatre Arts Teacher & Theater Director
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  • Photo of Edward Mikenas

    Ed Mikenas 

    Director, VES Jazz 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.


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 to travel, learn and be inspired through the Spoleto 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 with Ms. Debbie Burton, Director of Fine & Performing Arts.
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