Meet Our Visual & Performing Arts Teachers

Ed Richards is the director of the Virginia 91st Air Force JROTC Marching Band.

Ed Richards

Director of Music / Bandmaster
  • M.M.E. Shenandoah Conservatory (of Shenandoah University)
  • B.M.E. Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music
  • Courses: Handbell Choir, Band
  • R-MA Mentor

Edwin Richards is Director of Music and Bandmaster at Randolph-Macon Academy, a position he has held for 41 years.


Michael DeMato is a boarding school Chorus Director and Assistant Bandmaster.

Michael DeMato

Chorus Director / Assistant Bandmaster
  • M.A., New York University
  • B.A., Loyola College
  • Courses: Digital Piano, Band, Chorus
  • R-MA Mentor, "Mandatory Fun" band member

German mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz said that “Music is the pleasure the human soul experiences from counting


Holly Thompson

US Art Teacher
  • M.F.A. Studio Art, Indiana University at Bloomington
  • B.F.A. Studio Art, Western Kentucky University
  • Courses: Studio Art, Advanced Art, Middle School Art, Graphic Design, Upper School Yearbook

From Louisville, Kentucky, Holly Thompson is primarily an installation and ceramic artist with a background in drawing, graphic design, and photojo