MOUNT VERNON — Mitchell Myers, the son of Karen and Martin Myers of Howard, is the only Knox County student musician selected to perform with the 2012 Ohio Music Education Association All-State Orchestra. The group will present a concert Feb. 18 at the Columbus Convention Center during the OMEA conference.
Mitchell, a junior at Mount Vernon High School, started playing the violin in fourth grade, then switched to cello, which he has played for eight years. His favorite composition is a cello concerto by Dvorak and his role model is internationally renowned cellist Steven Isserlis.
Currently under the direction of Mount Vernon High School conductor Anthony Springer, Mitchell also studied with Charles Lawson, Ben Fry and Lindsay Brown. “If it weren’t for them,” he said, “I wouldn’t be where I am now.”
Mitchell said he started to get really serious about his music after his parents purchased a cello for him. He practices three or four hours a day, and his mother Karen said she often has to tell him to stop.