Exploring the Fine Arts at VES

At VES, discovering, nurturing and showcasing student talent are paramount.

Enjoy singing? Join the Glee Club or Vocal Ensemble. Play an instrument? Apply your talents in our Instrumental Ensemble. Take classes in music theory.

Interested in drama? Participate in one-act plays or the annual musical, 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. You also can study the masters in art history.

Fascinated by photography or multimedia production? Learn to write a storyboard, capture images with a drone and conduct interviews for Bishop TV in our green screen studio.

You are encouraged to share your talents broadly. Each Friday, students present their talents 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.
Students who want to deepen their passion and understanding in the arts may take their talents overseas to Spoleto, Italy, and 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 the opportunity to participate in this program as one of only 17 schools in the Spoleto consortium.
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.
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!

The William King Center

In the summer of 2016, we opened our $10 million, modern William King Center, creating a wonderful new venue for the arts on campus and opening up collaborative arts partnerships within the Lynchburg region. With a 350-seat theater, dedicated music and practice rooms, a recording studio, a sprung floor for dance productions and more, we couldn't be more excited about the future of arts at VES.

List of 4 members.

  • Debbie Burton 

    June McGraw McBroom Chair of Fine Arts/Music Teacher
  • Joshua Miller 

    Theatre Arts Teacher/Director of Theater Tech
  • Jesi Thompson 

    Art Teacher
  • Ed Mikenas 

    Director of Instrumental Ensemble
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