March 3, 4 and 5 was a buzz of activity in Charleston as teachers and students from all over the state of West Virginia as the 2022 Music Educators Conference was held at the Charleston Convention Center.

Mercer County was well represented on all fronts, with students participating in the All State Children’s Choir, All State High School Orchestra, All State High School Chorus, All State High School Band and the state Solo and Ensemble recitals.

On Thursday evening, Weston Sanders performed on the Solo and Ensemble recital which was held at the Little Theatre in the Civic Center.  Weston, an eighth grade student from Princeton Middle School, received a superior rating at the regional festival in January and after listening to a taped audition, was invited by a panel of state adjudicators to participate at the state level.  Weston is a student of Lee Ann Lykens.

Lashmeet/Matoaka Elementary students Payton Mitchell and Rebecca Vance Spanishburg Elementary students Marshall Fox and Bentley and PikeView Middle School students Alexia Fletcher and Izabella Stevenson performed in the All State Children’s Choir.  The teachers at these schools are Sandra Fox at LMS and SES and Mary Withers at PVMS. These students performed on Friday evening, March 4, 2022 at the Clay Center.

On Saturday, March 5, 2022 the Clay Center was again the site of much music making as the All State Band, Choir and Orchestra held their performances.

Representing Princeton High School in the All State High School Band was Elliana Burgess on clarinet and Nathan Dinger on trombone and PikeView High School’s Savannah Wills performed with the group on clarinet.  Greg Richmond is the band director at Princeton High School and Lucas Woods is the band director at PikeView High School.

Jaylen Montgomery performed in the All State High School Orchestra on clarinet.  Jaylen is from Bluefield High School where Nick Hinkle is band director.

PikeView High School choir members Akira Smith, Alexander Alvarez and Tre Gardner performed in the All State High School Choir.  Jeff Shrewsbury is director.  Damian Stevenson, Isaac Shafer, Sophie Stanley, Gavin Lusk, Isabella Burns and Cierra Hall represented Princeton High School.  Their director is Glen Kade.


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Alexia Fletcher and Izabella Stevenson from PikeView Middle School


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Akira Smith, Alexander Alvarez, and Tre Gardner, PVHS


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Ellianah Burgess and Nathan Dinger, PSHS


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Lee Ann Lykens


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Jaylen Montgomery, Bluefield High School


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Marshall Fox and Bentley Redden, Spanishburg Elementary


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Payton Mitchell and Rebecca Vance, Lashmeet/Matoaka Elementary


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Damian Stevenson, Isaac Shafer, Sophie Stanley, Gavin Lusk, Isabella Burns, Cierra Hall, PSHS