J. Michael Lunsford Middle School Guitar Ensemble Receives Invitation to Perform at the VMEA State Conference


The J. Michael Lunsford Middle School Guitar Ensemble, under the direction of Lunsford Middle music teacher Jared Eastridge, received an invitation to perform at the Virginia Music Educators Association’s (VMEA) 2023 Professional Development Conference in November. This is the first year that a middle school guitar ensemble has been invited to perform at the conference. The VMEA conference selection committee selected the group through a blind audition of submitted recordings from across the Commonwealth. Invitations to perform are extended only to the very best performing ensembles in Virginia.

"We are proud that both the J. Michael Lunsford Middle School Guitar Ensemble and the Brambleton Middle School Symphonic Band will be representing LCPS at the VMEA State Conference. Only a small number of ensembles from around the state are invited each year so this is a significant honor for these directors, students and our school division. This is also further evidence of the high quality of instruction our teachers are providing to students and of the commitment to excellence by our students, parents and the community,” stated Fine Arts Supervisor Michael Pierson.

Students in the 2023-24 J. Michael Lunsford Middle School Guitar Ensemble will perform for a large audience of music teachers and families at the Richmond Convention Center. 

The purpose of the VMEA is to promote quality music education throughout the Commonwealth by providing leadership, instructional resources and professional development opportunities for Virginia’s music educators.


For more information about the VMEA, visit the VMEA website.





Published June 29, 2023