Virginia Episcopal School

VES is a co-ed college preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9 – 12. In our intentionally small, diverse and engaging community—260 young men and women and 40 faculty—we guide students to strive Toward Full Stature in their academic, ethical, spiritual and personal growth.

400 VES RoadLynchburg, Virginia24503

Arts Facilities

William King Center

The William King Center—opened in June 2016 and offering more than 24,000-square-feet—is our venue for teaching, performances, community presentations and assemblies. The King Center includes: 

  • two levels of gallery space to showcase visual arts 
  • the 350-seat Philip D. Garmey Theater
  • practice and rehearsal rooms
  • a scene shop
  • a professional-quality recording studio and sound engineering lab
  • a high-tech control room with industry-current soundboards, lighting controls and video production capabilities
  • a green room
  • a spacious music classroom

Wilson Art Studio

Visual arts classes are held in the Wilson Art Studio—a light, bright, open space. Here, students explore the principles of art and elements of design to communicate ideas, cultivate their artistic voice and produce their work. The 1,700-square-foot studio is divided into two main areas:

Two-dimensional workspace

  • high-quality, spacious work tables and easels
  • printmaking press
  • cameras and high-end printers for digital photography
  • computers for digital editing
  • a wide range of canvases, papers, wood and other two-dimensional surfaces
  • professional quality media, including acrylics, pastel, graphite, charcoal, ink, watercolor, collage and much more

Three-dimensional workspace

  • spacious work tables for hand-building
  • multiple throwing wheels
  • an electric kiln
  • glazes and underglazes for surface treatments of ceramic work
  • slump moulds and slab roller for hand-built ceramic work
  • precision tools for manipulating clay surfaces

The facility is open in the evenings and weekends for advanced artists, and personal workspaces are designated for their work.

Langhorne Memorial Chapel

Music is an important part of our chapel services and assemblies. The beautiful Langhorne Chapel—which accommodates 260 individuals—offers an intimate setting for student, faculty and guest artist performances. The chapel is equipped with a piano and organ. Our most special music celebration each year is Lessons & Carols, leading into Christmastime.

Scene Shop

Our scene shop gives technical theater students the tools and space to hone their craft—so they may transport audiences directly into the experience of a play, musical or other performance.

Located in the William King Center directly behind our stage, the scene shop is a safe place for you to learn how to use a broad selection of quality power tools and other equipment to construct scenery out of a variety of materials. Once sets are built, you will paint, draw and use other design applications to create 3D effects.

Graney Family Control Room 

In Garmey Theater, the control room is equipped with current, state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology to support stage productions. You will gain practical experience on today's industry-standard equipment  for lighting and sound. 

The booth accommodates three to four crew and staff, who can control the audio system and stage and house lighting system from this location. The system also can be managed through a touchscreen panel backstage. 

Recording Studio 

On the lower level of the William King Center is the professional recording studio—a three-room suite that includes two performance rooms with acoustic paneling, microphones, headphones and audio interface. Centered between these rooms is the recording studio with high-end recording equipment, an analog mixing board and digital workstation capable of recording multiple musicians simultaneously.

Two additional practice rooms are housed on this level.