Macon Pops

The Scoop

Macon Pops is an innovative, high energy, and world class orchestra event bringing together the most talented studio and orchestral musicians from around the southeast and across the country. But… this is no traditional orchestra.

What comes to mind when you think of the word orchestra?

If images of expensive tuxes, tight-lipped audiences, and conservative, structured performances float through your brain, let us change your outlook.

Picture this. As Hawkins Arena is transformed into a top-shelf nightclub, patrons will be encouraged to fill the dance floor, indulge in fabulous food and drinks, and enjoy lively music – all at an orchestra event.

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The Back-Story

Multi Grammy®-nominated drummer and percussionist, Steve Moretti, and renowned pops conductor and Grammy®-award winning arranger, Matt Catingub, go way back. In February of 2013, Moretti and Catingub were a part of a show at Cox Capitol Theatre with the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, and the concert was so well-received by the Macon community that an idea was planted in their minds.

So, in the way that many good ideas are born, they met at Starbucks over a cup of Joe to lay the groundwork for what is now Macon Pops.

Moretti and Catingub believe that society has put a barrier around the symphony, as if it were only for sophisticated, rich, or musical folk.

As the Macon Pops board was formed, NewTown Macon and the Community Foundation of Central Georgia became the fiscal agent for the orchestra event, giving Macon Pops the oomph it needed to get off the ground. As of October 2015, Macon Pops is an independent 501(c)3.

“It’s our goal to break down the barriers of what people think about orchestra – that it’s a stuffy, elitist, dress-up and sit-still type of thing. At Macon Pops, we want everyone from all walks of life and interests to experience the exciting event and have an opportunity to truly appreciate world class music.”

-Steve Moretti, Drummer, President & CEO

What the Future Holds

Well, the possibilities are endless, really. From August to March, we have scheduled three events in three different locations (Wellness Center Lawn at Middle Georgia State University, The Cox Capitol Theatre and Hawkins Arena) with maybe an additional surprise concert, here or there.

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Our Macon Pops Board

Justin Andrews
Otis Redding Foundation

Lauralen Avery
Past President, The Junior League of Macon

Dr. Bill Barnes
Piedmont Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Christopher Blake
President, Middle Georgia State University

James Caldwell
Retired Educator

Priscilla Esser
Freelance Writer, Artist

William Fickling, III
Portfolio Manager, Operating Partner, TCA Private Opportunities Fund

Edward Eikner
Wesleyan College Faculty (Retired)

Cathy Garofalo
General Manager, Homewood Suites

Patrick Goff.
Attorney, Jones, Cork & Miller, LLP

Tiffany Harvey
Business Development Director, Infinity Network Solutions

Dr. David Keith
Dean of Music, Townsend School of Music

Cheryl McCrory
Community Volunteer

Steve Moretti
Musician, President & CEO of Macon Pops, Inc.

Nick Rios
Co-Founder & Creative Director, M&R Marketing Group

Kim Schnell
Community Volunteer

Rosemary Spiegel
Community Volunteer

David Thompson
Founder, Piedmont Construction Group