The American Pops Orchestra strives to build community through the preservation, promotion and reimagination of American popular music. Through live and virtual performances, educational initiatives and collaborations APO makes the highest quality art accessible to the broadest audiences.
The American Pops Orchestra presents the 4th Annual “NextGen National: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow” Semi-Final round on November 21st at 8:00PM. College students from coast to coast will compete for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship and paid performance opportunity with APO in their 2021-2022 Season. Join APO and 30 semi-finalists on November 21st to vote for who you think should make it to the final round!
Founded in 2015 by rising Pops star Luke Frazier (@fraziersedge), The American Pops Orchestra presents innovative orchestral programming featuring groundbreaking concepts and artistic partnerships to develop and inspire a new audience for the 21st century.
“Dynamic is a great word to use. The new orchestra, under exceptional leadership from Maestro Frazier is pushing the boundaries of traditional pops orchestras and breathing new life into cherished favorites.”
"We had such a great experience working with your great musicians, and in your astoundingly beautiful hall. Everything ran smoothly, and as they say, no drama is good drama. We hope to work with you again on future tours.
“The show was incredible. The actors and orchestra were so talented!
“The live music, instrument introductions and post show opportunities turned a great kids show into a phenomenal family experience!”
“The vocalists and orchestra were absolutely outstanding. We didn’t want the show to end.”
“Another fantastic production by @TheAmericanPops Orchestra at Arena Stage. I am so grateful to VetTix and APO for enabling me to take advantage of so many musical and artistic happenings here in the Nation's Capital. Now a big fan.”
"As much as any individual singer, what warmed the evening was the sumptuous lilt of the American Pops Orchestra, conducted by Luke Frazier.
"In a nutshell, The American Pops Orchestra's cocktail party was frothy, fizzy, unequivocally delightful thanks in large measure, of course, to designated driver Luke Frazier."
“Thank you so much to Luke and everyone at American Pops Orchestra for donating tickets to veterans and Vet Tix. I was able to share the night with friends and make new friends and we all just LOVED the show.”
“Thank you so much American Pops Orchestra. It was so amazing to be able to bring our girls to your show. They absolutely loved it (and we quite enjoyed it to!). We love being able to expose them to the arts and this was such a fun way which wouldn’t have been possible without your generous donation!”
"What a gorgeous, festive evening. The American Pops, under the direction and the quietly flowing baton of Luke S. Frazier, gave the Lisner audience last night with their entertaining and joyful A Broadway Christmas."
"The American Pops Orchestra brought a fresh perspective to the American Songbook in its inaugural DC concert, Stairway to Paradise: A Gershwin Spectacular."
“Thank you to the American Pops Orchestra for their donation. The production was extremely entertaining for adults and kids. My daughters and I had a great afternoon.”
“Thank you for the great evening! I took my 80 year old mom as my date and she lived APO so much we bought tickets for another show. Also, as a female JAG vet you can imagine my excitement when I caught a glimpse of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sneaking into the same show! Thank you for a memorable night!”
As an organization that strives to break the mold of classical concerts, we are using the COVID-19 situation to continue connecting with all of our patrons virtually. With this in mind, we will be changing the format of our remaining events this season. Our NextGen competition, Music & Mindfulness practice, and MainStage show will no longer be taking place at Arena Stage, but instead will be transformed into virtual performances to accommodate social regulations in place throughout our community. Each show will feature the APO musicians and original scores you have come to love, that will accompany our performers, yoga instructor, Dan Carter, and APO artists.
In addition, we have created a new initiative called “APO United” to continue to employ and support our artists through these uncertain times.
Each week, APO will be posting intimate cyber concerts by past artists, highlights from our APO instrumentalist, and playlists of positivity by Maestro Luke Frazier. Join us for this virtual series on our Instagram, Youtube Channel, or Facebook Page. If you’re able, please consider donating here to support our artists through this new series.
We apologize for any inconvenience this causes for our ticket purchasers, but ask that you will consider donating your ticket payment to help support the APO (a tax-deductible donation), as we will continue to employ our artists throughout the postponing of live events. If you would like your order to be refunded, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to initiate your refund.