David Pope is Director of Orchestras at Elyria High School and Northwood Middle School near Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, he serves as the conductor of the Camerata Orchestra at Case Western Reserve University and teaches string pedagogy courses for VanderCook College of Music. Dr. Pope is also a senior conductor and the co-director of Florida State University’s Summer String Orchestra Camp. As an active adjudicator and clinician, he has conducted numerous all-state orchestras, regional honor orchestras, and served as a guest clinician for various orchestra programs throughout the United States.
Dr. Pope received his bachelor's degree and Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University and master's degree from the University of South Carolina. Previously, Dr. Pope directed orchestras at Manatee High School (FL) and in the Maryville City Schools (TN). He also served as the Associate Conductor of the Sarasota Youth Orchestras, 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 has presented string pedagogy clinics and his research at state, regional, national, and international 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 the Florida Music Director. Dr. Pope currently serves on the review boards for the String Research Journal, Research Perspectives in Music Education, and the American String Teacher. Dr. Pope received the Distinguished Music Educator Award (2015) from the Yale Symposium for Music in Schools and was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Music Educator Award (2009) for the state of Tennessee.