Selecting literature for your ensemble is crucial to students’ immediate success and long-term musical development. This course will explore grade 1 to 6 repertoire for middle and high school orchestras. String orchestra literature will include new compositions, standard repertoire and lesser-known works that have stood the test of time. Students will also examine full orchestra compositions (i.e. Berlioz, Bizet, Gould, Saint-Saëns, Schubert, Sibelius and Verdi) that are commonly performed by high school and community orchestras. Analysis of the left hand, right hand and music reading skills needed to successfully perform each piece will also be covered. Additional topics will include the pedagogy to teach skills inherent to playing string instruments and the art of successful programming.

Instructor: Dr. David A. Pope


David A. Pope is Director of Orchestras at Manatee High School (FL) and also serves as the Associate Conductor for the Sarasota Youth Orchestras. Previously, Dr. Pope was an orchestra director for Maryville City Schools in Tennessee. He also served as the Executive Director of the Tallahassee Youth Orchestras, and on the orchestral librarian staffs at the Aspen Summer Music Festival and Spoleto Music Festival USA.
Dr. Pope received his bachelor's degree from Florida State University, master's degree from the University of South Carolina, and Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University. Currently, Dr. Pope serves as a senior conductor and co-director at Florida State University’s String Orchestra Camp. As an active adjudicator and clinician, he has conducted numerous all-state orchestras, regional honor orchestras, and served as a guest artist for various middle and high school orchestra programs.
Dr. Pope has presented string pedagogy clinics and his research at state, regional, and national conferences. His research has also been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, String Research Journal, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education, and Florida Music Director. Dr. Pope currently serves on the Florida Orchestra Association’s Executive Board. He has been a leader in the American String Teachers Association by serving as the President of the Florida State University ASTA chapter and on the Board of Directors in Tennessee. In 2009, Dr. Pope was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Music Educator award for the state of Tennessee.



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