Classes & Workshops

Gazebo Gatherings – June 22 – American Legion Community Band

CONCERT WEATHER UPDATE! Location Change to RMA Band Room!

The American Legion Community Band is performing tonight at 7:00 pm, in band room on the R-MA campus in Front Royal. Everyone is welcome.

The R-MA band room is down the hill behind the main building with the dome on it on the R-MA campus, just past the track. This web page has a graphic of the building.

Come enjoy a fabulous concert! See you next week back at the Gazebo! Stay DRY!


Concert Weather updates can be found on our Facebook page
Concert series presented by Blue Ridge Arts Council, and sponsored in part by Virginia Commission for the Arts, County of Warren, and Town of Front Royal

Classes & Workshops

Summer 2014 Classes Announced

Music & Art Lessons Offered at our Location!

Meet our instructors Con Burch (Music) and Kelly Walker (Art)

Private Lessons in Piano and Voice by Instructor Con Burch

New for Summer 2014 – Summer Music CampsCBMic

June 16 – June 20 (1 – 4 pm) Music Appreciation (1 wk)
June 23 – June 27 (1 – 4 pm) Music History (1-wk)
June 30 – July 4/July 7 – July 11/July 14 – July 18 (1 – 4 pm) Musical Theatre (3wk)
July 28 – Aug 1 (1 – 4 pm) Songwriting (1 wk)
Aug 4 – Aug 8 (1 – 4 pm) Performance (1 wk)
Click here Music Camp Classes 2014  for a complete description of the classes and registration information 
Con’s Teaching Philosophy:
To enrich someone’s life by teaching with experience and passion about the glorious sounds, tones, pitches, harmonies, notes and emotions that music gives to us all through skills, hard work, good humor, focus and fun.
Students of all ages and levels are welcome. You can choose 1/2 hour lessons or 1 hour lessons. Group lessons are also available.
Spring and Winter Recitals.  Please contact instructor directly to arrange lessons:
Con Burch
540-335-611 or 540-933-6918
About Con Burch:
I started singing in my church when I was just a young girl.  I joined the adult choir and then after teaching myself to play piano became the choir director and organist.   Later I would go to college in West Virginia and study vocal performance and piano.  I was a section leader in our concert choir and the secretary and tour director, scheduling tours throughout the entire east coast.  I also became the lead singer for a country/rock local band in Elkins, WV and I was hooked.  The mic has not left my lips since.

Since college I have had many opportunities to perform with a variety of bands from Washington, DC and now back to my mountain roots in the Shenandoah Valley.   I have sung pop, rock, country, big band, funk, blues, jazz, folk and have recently added bluegrass to my repertoire.
In addition to my performing I also teach voice and piano to students of all ages. I have several studios in the area and I also offer in-home lessons. Please see my Lessons page for more details.

Private & Group Classes in Painting offered by Instructor Kelly Walker


Anyone can learn to paint!  These classes are for the curious beginner, the advanced intermediate, or anyone wishing to expand their creativity.  


Ages 5 – 7 (10 a.m.- Noon) 
June 30 – July 1, 2014 Famous Painters (Warhol & Manet)
August 11 – 12, 2014 Post-Impressionists ( Matisse & Van Gogh)
Ages 8 – 13 (9 a.m. – Noon) 
June 23 – 26, 2014 – Impressionists (Monet, Manet, Renoir)
July 7 – 10, 2014 – Famous Painters (Matisse, Cezanne, Warhol)
July 21 – 24, 2014 – Local Flavor & Paint Your Own Pet Portrait and House
August 4 – 7, 2014 – Famous Painters (Cassett, Van Gogh, Manet)
Ages 14 – 18 (9 a.m. – Noon) 
July 17 – 18, 2014 – Paint from your own photos (Pets, House, or Favorite Scene)
Please click here walker-kids-summer-art-camp-final-2014 for class and registration information
Adult Classes : Wednesday Morning 10:30-Noon; Wednesday Evening 5:30-7:00;  Thursday Evening 5:30-7:00  (Ages 14+)
Young Artist Classes:  Thursday 4:15-5:15  (Ages 7-13)
Please contact instructor directly to arrange classes:
Kelly Walker


About Kelly’s classes and teaching philosophy:
Develop your artistic ability and learn about composition, color theory, color mixing, and basic painting techniques.  Take ideas from conception to completion.  If you have ever wanted to learn to paint, this is your chance.   Get positive feedback and constructive critiques of your work to help you move to the next level.   The size of the class is limited so please email  to be sure there is space in the class before coming. Please contact Kelly directly to arrange lessons and answer any questions you may have about lessons and supplies.  Visit
About Kelly:
As a daily painter Kelly attempts to paint every day.  She  joined the daily painting movement several years ago and says that it has helped her to maintain artistic discipline, foster creativity, improve her skills and bring her great joy daily.Very much taken with subjects of everyday life from landscapes to fruit and vegetables to animals, she works in watercolor, oil, and acrylic.  Working in multiple mediums keeps Kelly from being bored and gives her flexibility in subject matter.  Often painting  from photos in the studio, she still loves to paint in en Plein-air whenever possible.Kelly is a native of Georgia where she received a BS in Secondary Education from Georgia Southern College.  She has been a full-time artist since 2007.  Prior to that she worked sixteen years in the non-profit world with Chambers of Commerce in Kentucky and Virginia.

Tapping into her teaching experience, Kelly teaches art to children and adults at the Blue Ridge Arts Council in Front Royal as well as giving private lessons.  She was selected in 2011 to teach an Art Residency at the elementary schools in Warren County for the 175th Anniversary Celebration.    Kelly is a firm believer in public/community service and is very active in many organizations in the community.  She served on the Board of the Pennyroyal Arts Council, Hopkinsville, KY, and is past President of the Blue Ridge Arts Council Board in Front Royal, VA.  Kelly is very active dog rescue groups around the country often providing them with art for fund-raising.

She lives and paints with Jed (a black lab-basset), Lincoln (half wirehaired dachshund and half Robin Williams on speed), and Mamie (Cairn terrier) – all rescues black German Shepherd puppies.