2023 WVMEA


WVMEA Honor Ensemble Applications are now OPEN for the 2023 WVMEA Annual In-Service Conference to be held MARCH 2-4, 2023 at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center in Charleston, WV.  Submission deadline is Friday, January 27, 2023 at 9:00pm.

To apply, the music director must be a current, active member of NAfME at the time of submission and at the time of the conference; ensembles may not appear on the WVMEA Conference program in successive programs; ensembles may submit recordings for either traditional honor ensemble or X honor ensemble, but not both; middle and high school ensembles are encouraged to submit a recording; total number of members in the ensemble must be 19 or more.

A completed honor ensemble application must include all of the following components:
  1. A completed application. (click link below)
  2. Links to 3 recordings. (submitted on the application form)
  3. A copy of a recent concert program and a list of potential repertoire to be performed if selected. Repertoire for the honor ensemble performance at the conference must be approved by the executive board. (submitted on the form)
  4. A 50-word professional biography and an electronic headshot of the director to be included in the conference program if selected. (submitted on the form)
  5. An application fee, payable by credit card. The application fee is used to supplement the WVMEA scholarship fund. A receipt will be sent via email upon submission of this form.
Submission Deadline: Friday, January 27, 2023 at 9:00pm. Questions may be submitted via email to Honor Ensemble Chair Jamie Hasley at

Please read the full listing of application information thoroughly at the link above before submitting an application.

2022 Honor Ensembles

Jefferson High School Symphonic Band

Jefferson High School Symphonic Band
Directed by J.P. Lynch, Jr.
J.P. Lynch, Jr. is in his 27th year of teaching and his 14th year as the Director at Jefferson High School. Mr. Lynch was selected as the Jefferson County Teacher of the Year in 2016 and a Finalist for the 2017 West Virginia Teacher of the Year.

Suncrest Middle School 8th Grade Band

Suncrest Middle School 8th Grade Band
Directed by Neil King
Neil L. King currently serves as Instrumental Music Coordinator in Monongalia County, WV where he directs the Suncrest Middle School Band and works as an adjunct music professor at Fairmont State University instructing the schools jazz ensemble. He holds a B.A. in music education from Fairmont State College (now University), and an M.M. in music from The Ohio University School of Music. In 2014 King was named WV Band Master of the Year by the Phi Beta Mu music honorary. In 2016 King was named as the Fairmont State University Fine Arts Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. Neil is an in demand professional trumpeter where he has performed both domestically and abroad. Aside from his work in the Monongalia County School System, and as professional musician, King maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor/adjudicator.

University High School Symphonic Winds

University High School Symphonic Winds
Directed by Mark Palmer
Mark S. Palmer has served as Director of Bands University High School since 2000. Under his direction, the UHS marching band, concert ensembles, and jazz ensembles have consistently been among West Virginia's most successful programs. Mr. Palmer, his wife Jen, and their sons Max and Sam live in Morgantown.

Wheeling Park High School Choir "The Young Patriots"

Wheeling Park High School Choir
Directed by Joyce Jingle
Joyce Jingle holds a Bachelor degree from WLU, a Masters degree from WVU and National Board Certification. She is a member of ACDA, NAfME, and directs the OVAC Queen of Queens. Jingle serves as a mentor for Ohio County Schools and is currently choral director at Wheeling Park High School.