Pearson Middle School was established in the Fall of 2015.  The mission of the Pearson Middle School Orchestra Department is to set the foundations for a multi-year journey with string instruments and a lifetime love of music. In orchestra we learn the four main string instruments; Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass. Beginning students are not required to have any prior knowledge of music or musical instruments. Everything that can be learned about music and string instruments is taught and learned in class.


Advanced students are grouped into orchestra classes where they begin learning how to collaborate and work together as a team to create music. Students learn how to manage their personal practice time, weekly/monthly schedules, and how to conduct themselves within a rehearsal or concert setting.


As an 8th grade orchestra member, students will have the opportunity to continue their orchestral studies at the High School level with Mr. Aryc Lane & Mrs. Rachel Kim.  Pearson Middle School is part of the Reedy High School cluster and a large majority of our students are zoned to attend Reedy their freshman year.

PMSO Parents have the opportunity to volunteer and support their students as members of POPA - Pearson Orchestra Parents Association.  POPA is the official Booster Club for the PMSO.  As a booster club their job is to provide behind the scenes support for the PMSO and it's students.  This might include organizing social events, fundraisers, concert refreshments, etc.  We are always looking for parent volunteers who are ready to go the extra mile for our orchestra students.  If your student is enrolled in orchestra we would love to have you serve as a volunteer with POPA.  More details regarding POPA can be found here.  Thank you for your time and service to our students.


Welcome to the PMSO.  We are excited to have you as a part of our performance family and look forward to starting and continuing new traditions with you.

Reedy Orchestra Cluster

Reedy High School

Director of Orchestras:

  • Mr. Aryc Lane

Assistant Director of Orchestras:

  • Mrs. Rachel Kim

Director of Harp Studies:

  • Ms. Jennifer Betzer


Pearson Middle School

Director of Orchestras:

  • Mr. John Rauscher

Assistant Director of Orchestras:

  • Mr. Cody Smith


Pioneer Heritage Middle School

Director of Orchestras:

  • Mrs. Kirsten King

Director of Harp Studies:

  • Ms. Leanna Johnson