The New Mt. Vernon High School Fine Arts Academy

Mission Statement

The Fine Arts Academy at Mt. Vernon Senior High School believes a student’s education is enriched by experiences in the arts; because of their interdisciplinary nature, the arts influence all areas of academic study.

We believe an environment that acknowledges and empowers creative expression in its varied forms also fosters personal growth, maturity and responsibility. The Fine Arts Academy provides an artist-scholar environment that addresses a variety of learning styles.

We believe the arts provide an opportunity for lifelong learning and participants in the arts are among the best representatives of our school and community.

Academy Description

The Fine Arts Academy at Mt. Vernon Senior High School is comprised of award winning students and faculty in music, theatre and the visual arts. A commitment to academic excellence and a belief that through the arts, students find lifelong fulfillment is at the core of our teaching philosophy. Students are provided opportunities in instrumental and vocal music, musical theatre, acting, technical theatre and traditional and digital visual arts. Upon graduation, students will be prepared for post-secondary endeavors and arts related careers. The Fine Arts Academy provides over forty events each year to further student’s skills and artistic talents.


Big Fish: The Musical

The Academy Music Theatre will present the musical Big Fish on March 10 and 11 at 7:00pm and again on March 12 at 2:00 and 7:00. All performances will be held in the MVHS Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10.00 for Adults and $6.00 for students and senior citizens.

Big Fish tells the larger-than-life tale of Edward Bloom, a man who leads an extraordinary life—according to the stories he tells his son, Will. But Will, who is getting married and expecting a child of his own, doesn’t think there’s any truth to the extravagant tales his father tells about meeting witches, kissing mermaids or joining the circus. He doesn’t even believe the story of how his father proposed to his mother, Sandra, in a field full of daffodils. When Edward’s health begins to decline, Will visits his father and tries one last time to find out the truth behind the tall tales. As Edward and Will’s relationship becomes increasingly strained, Will must decide whether to accept his father’s wild stories as fact or risk losing him completely. (

All-School Talent Show Participants Announced

Thanks to all who auditioned for this year’s show. The following individuals are invited to perform as part of the 2015 All-School Talent Show. All participants must attend rehearsal at 3:30, Thursday, Feb. 19 in the PAC. Failure to attend rehearsal will cause you to be removed from the show.

Angelus, Lillie Blankenship, Taylor Brooks, Austin Colson, Cul, Patrick Gerton and Erin Garman, Shoshanah Johnson, Alyssa Juncker, Riley Marshall, Megan McCarty and “The Pirates”.

Angelus Bound for Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota

Angelus will travel to Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota the third week of July for their annual summer tour. Concerts are slated for St. Peter Cathedral (Rockford, IL), St. John the Evangelist Cathedral and All Saints Cathedral ((Milwaukee, WI), Bishop O’Connor Center (Madison, WI, Bethel Lutheran Church (Northfield, MN) and St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church (St. Paul, MN).

Mt. Vernon Fine Arts Academy Student Wins Award at Regional Scholastic Art Competition

Mount Vernon High School student Chance McClarney has been recognized as a Silver Key Winner for the Regional Scholastic Art Awards. A panel of regional artists and professionals selected her work as one of the most exceptional in the Central & Southern Region. The Silver Key is for distinguished artwork demonstrating achievement at the regional level. Chance will have her artwork titled “Control” on display at Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University. Ceremony and Exhibition viewing will be Sunday, March 8, 2105.

Vocal Music Department Fall Concert

Art Guild Trip to Indianapolis

Art Guild members spent Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum viewing China’s Terra Cotta Warriors Exhibit.

Art Guild Welcomes Visual Artist Linda Volz

On Wednesday, January 15th, the Mt. Vernon High School Art Guild was paid a visit from a visiting artist. Linda Voltz came to speak with the club about her journey through art education and transitioning from a student to professional artist.

Linda first showed the Art Guild a couple of paintings she had done in high school. She then displayed three oil paintings she had recently done to show how much she has grown from her high school years. Linda also showed off pictures of various other oil paintings she has done. Speaking about her time in art classes, she stressed that the more you work at something, the better you will be at it.

The Art Guild is working with Linda to schedule an oil painting workshop after school for club members.

Mr. Taylor Receives Distinguished Achievement Award for Education

Academy Technical Theatre instructor Dana Taylor has been notified that he will receive the Distinguished Achievement Award for Education by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. USITT’s membership of over 3700 includes theatre educators, designers, craftspeople, manufacturers, universities and corporate representatives. The award is only the fifth to be given for education since the awards were initiated in 1998. The award will be presented during the annual Conference and Stage Expo held in Ft. Worth.

Angelus Releases New Recording

Angelus announces the release of their newest recording “Shadows of Heaven” featuring works of Hildegard von Bingen, Patricia Van Ness and Ivan Moody. It is currently available at for download at CD Baby and iTunes. This is the sixth recording by the ensemble. A new recording of  Sacred Harp works will be recorded this coming summer.

Top Selling Holiday Card Designed by Academy Student Melissa Pfeiffer

Congratulations to Academy Visual Arts student Melissa Pfeiffer. Her “Holiday Card” design was the top seller of the six used to support “Behind the Scenes” (an initiative of The ESTA Foundation).  “Behind the Scenes” provides financial help to members of the entertainment technology industry who are unable to work due to illness or injury. The Holiday Cards project is an annual fundraiser for the initiative and has showcased the work some of the most successful scenic, costume and lighting designers in the entertainment industry. Melissa’s card sold over 6700 copies and earned almost $12,000 for the charity.

Some of her “Holiday Card design colleagues” include Anna Louizos (Tony nominated designer of “In the Heights” and “Avenue Q”; Kenneth Foy (Broadway design credits, “Annie”, “Dame Edna, The Royal Tour” and “An Evening with Jerry Herman”; Chris Nyfield, associate lighting designer for Taylor Swift, Pink and Sade.

Fine Arts Academy Singers Are Headed to Carnegie Hall

Distinguished Concerts International New York has invited singers from the Fine Arts Academy to perform the world premiere of Christopher Tin’s new work, The Drop That Contained the Sea at Carnegie Hall. The concert will be performed on Apr. 13, 2014

The invitation comes on the heels of last years performance of Mr. Tin’s Calling All Dawns at Avery Fisher Hall.

Angelus Invited to Perform at the American Choral Directors Regional Conference

Angelus has just been notified that they will present a mainstage performance at the American Choral Directors Association Central Conference on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 1:30pm in Cincinnati. Congratulations on this unique and prestigious honor. They are one of two school ensembles from Indiana invited to perform.

Academy Named Regional Arts Award Winner

The Mt. Vernon Senior High School Fine Arts Academy has been notified by the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana that they have been name a recipient of their “Regional Arts Award” for 2013. Accepting the award on behalf of the academy were Courtney Duckworth, Adam McCloud, Samantha Olsen and Marshall Powers.

This marks the third Arts Council award in as many years. In 2012, Angelus (the Academy’s sacred music vocal ensemble) received the “Arts Ensemble Award” and in 2011, Academy educator Dana Taylor was named “Artist of the Year”.

Angelus Returns to San Francisco in June

Angelus will return to San Francisco in June of 2014 for a series of public concerts. The ensemble currently will perform at Grace Cathedral and St. Stephen’s (Belvedere) on Thursday, June 12, Transfiguration Episcopal Church (San Mateo) on Friday, June. 13 and St. Dominic’s (San Francisco) on Saturday, June 14.

Fine Arts Academy Music Theatre Presents Disney’s “The Little Mermaid, Jr.”

The MVHS Fine Arts Academy Music Theatre will present the family musical “The Little Mermaid, Jr. on Mar. 13-15 in the MVHS Performing Arts Center. Adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production, Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. features the hit songs “Part of Your World,” “She’s in Love,” and the Oscar-winning “Under the Sea.”

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