Middle School Orchestra
The Hightower Trail Orchestra is the primary feeder for the Pope High School Orchestra and has produced outstanding musicians for the past 21 years. The orchestra program consists of 330 students in grades 6-8. The Orchestra received the GMEA Exemplary Performance Award in 2015. The orchestras have achieved consistent superior ratings at the GMEA District 12 Large Group Performance Evaluation. Orchestra members consistently earn positions in the District Honor Orchestra and All-State. Achievements include invitations to the prestigious Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago (2004) and GMEA In-Service Conference in Savannah (2003, 2013).
Classes rehearse for 42 minutes daily. Extracurricular opportunities include small ensembles such as Chamber Orchestra, and Cello Choir. Directors are available for help every day before and after school. Students use this time to pass-off method book lines, prepare for auditions, and satisfy their weekly practice requirements.