Regional Arts Organizations
Arts Academy Chorale
The Arts Chorale of Winchester is a 65-member auditioned adult choir that continues to provide a performance opportunity for people of all walks of life who love to sing and aspire to a high standard of music-making. The repertoire ranges from the choral classics, both sacred and secular, to the music of Broadway. Programming is designed to be both challenging and enjoyable.
Bluemont Concert Series
Since 1976, the Bluemont Concert Series has presented more than 5,000 high-quality events to a combined audience of more than 2 million in 68 communities in northwest and central Virginia. With steady growth, Bluemont has become a major public-private coalition of communities in the region.
Winchester Musica Viva
Winchester Musica Viva is an independent chamber choir in its 32rd season of presenting the finest choral literature from all musical periods and styles to audiences throughout Virginia and neighboring states. The choir is comprised of professional level volunteer singers from many different vocations and backgrounds who share a love of choral music and a commitment to excellence in performance.
Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre
Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre produces four Broadway musicals each summer in the beautiful 630-seat Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre on the campus of Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. Thirteen performances are given of each musical over a two-week period drawing audiences from a 150-mile radius with groups traveling in from as far away as Ohio and North Carolina.
Winchester Little Theatre
The Winchester Little Theatre was organized in 1929 “…to present, produce and encourage the production, acting and writing of plays…” by a group of persons interested in providing an outlet for their artistic interests and bringing to the community entertainment and culture.
Film Club 3.0
Film Club is a community based group searching for amazing cinema in the forms of foreign, classic, and independent. We have partnered with the Alamo Drafthouse to bring great cinema to the Shenandoah Valley. There is no cost to join, only the desire to watch challenging movies with people who love movies. Pull up a chair and join us!
Magic Lantern Theater
In 1999, a handful of local movie-lovers had a challenging idea: to bring quality film to Old Town Winchester. They established themselves as a non-profit group – Springboard Cultural Arts – and the Magic Lantern Theater project was born. It has become a fixture of downtown cultural life with over 250 dues-paying members, individual and business. Currently, they show one or two feature-length films a month. Their aim is to provide a variety of film experiences to the community of the Winchester area while enhancing the life of the city’s historic downtown.
Skyline Indie Film Fest
Just like musicians seek out venues and artists seek galleries, filmmakers are searching for audiences and festivals to showcase their films. By providing a critical review and celebratory festival, SIFF aims to promote the indie filmmaker in all genres and hopefully entice burgeoning filmmakers to take that next step and actually make a film. They aim to curate indie films and get a final product in front of industry professionals and a smart audience.
Bright Box Theatre
First Night Winchester
Shenandoah Conservatory Performances
Shenandoah is Virginia’s oldest, and one of the nation’s premier, conservatories with over 100 professionals in music, theatre and dance and an alumni family that takes center stage from Broadway to the concert halls of Europe.
With 32 performing ensembles and more than 300 concerts, recitals, clinics, masterclasses, theatre and opera productions and dance concerts on campus each year, students have continual opportunities to perform and be evaluated by both professionals and peers.
Opus Oaks, an Art Place
Opus Oaks provides an avenue for pre-school, school-age, and adults to learn and explore the world of art while developing their talent. The school provides classes for those just beginning their journey and advanced classes to build on previous knowledge. Key areas of study are in drawing, painting, and sculpture. Other areas of interest are stained glass, print making, and photography.
Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy
The SCAA was founded in 1977 to provide enrichment opportunities and pre-professional studies in the fine arts for students of all ages and abilities. Our faculty of over 70 professionally trained musicians, dancers and educators are ready to share their expertise with you and your family and foster the next generation of performing artists.
Museums & Cultural Attractions
Barns of Rose Hill
The barns of Rose Hill Park are two early 20th-Century dairy barns that were part of a farm estate donated to the Town of Berryville in 1964 by Mr. Horace Smithy. Restored for a life of service, the facility offers a handicapped accessible center for community, arts and education to the people of Berryville, Clarke County and the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
Celebrating Patsy Cline
Celebrating Patsy Cline Inc. is a nonprofit corporation committed to preserving and perpetuating the legacy of Patsy Cline and her music. They have recently opened the Patsy Cline Historic House Museum, and plan to open a larger museum in the future.
Josephine School Community Museum
The mission of the Josephine School Community Museum is to create and manage a living museum dedicated to restoring the original 1882 school house and sharing the people, objects, and stories that form the continuing legacy of Clarke County’s African American history and heritage.
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum
The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum was founded to provide the City of Winchester, Frederick County, and the Shenandoah Valley with its first user-friendly, hands-on, interactive center for informal education. They aim to involve children, parents, families, business, and the community in the continuing process of education.
Historic Sites & Societies
Belle Grove Plantation
Belle Grove is located in the northern Shenandoah Valley near Middletown, Virginia. Its Manor House was built in 1797 by Major Isaac Hite and his wife Nelly Madison Hite, sister of President James Madison. Today, Belle Grove is a National Trust for Historic Preservation site and the centerpiece of the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
The Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society is a non-profit organization of individuals interested in the preservation and expansion of knowledge about the historical and cultural heritage of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, with geographical focus on the City of Winchester and Frederick County, Virginia.
Preservation of Historical Winchester
Preservation of Historic Winchester, Inc. (PHW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history and architecture of Winchester, Virginia. In addition to providing preservation guidance, PHW monitors properties through the Jennings Revolving Fund, follows issues and events, sponsors educational activities, and hosts the Holiday House Tour.