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.
31 December 2020 | 8:00pm and 9:30pm ET on PBS
“UNITED IN SONG: CELEBRATING THE RESILIENCE OF AMERICA,”premiered Thursday, December 31, 2020 from 8:00-9:30 p.m. ET and again from 9:30-11:00 p.m. ET on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video App. The star-studded performance—filmed at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts—encourages our nation to come together and celebrate our irrepressible strength as we welcome the New Year. Despite the enormity of COVID-19 and the significant presence of social injustice, this special evening of wide-ranging music joins us in the ever-present pursuit of uniting as one America.
25-29 January 2021
The American Pops Orchestra is excited to announce our National Children's Virtual Outreach Tour production of "The Pied Piper"! This production will be held twice daily from January 25-29 at 11:00am and 12:30pm ET.
Are you interested in being part of our Virtual Tour? Click below to register now!
3 February 2021 | 7:00pm ET
Join NextGen participants and Maestro Luke on February 3, 2021 at 7PM ET for a live Performance Masterclass. As a part of our NextGen Vocal Competition, APO offers educational masterclass opportunities to all NextGen applicants, giving aspiring vocalists the opportunity to learn about new repertoire, receive constructive feedback, and perform for their peers.
Name That Tune is back! Gather your team of music experts as Maestro Frazier returns with Tuesday night trivia in February 2021.
APO’s Name That Tune series began in June 2020, with each weekly trivia game featuring a nonprofit partner organization. Each 30-minute game features a new musical theme and is live-streamed via APO’s Youtube and Facebook page, with the answer sheet for each game posted in the chat-box. NTT is a by-donation event, with all donations being split between APO and their weekly partner!
The American Pops Orchestra will present the Finals of the 4th Annual “NextGen National: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow” on April 10, 2021. 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 our 10 finalists selected in November 2020 by our esteemed panel of judges and your vote to see who will win the top prize! Registration coming soon.
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!”
The American Pops Orchestra has made it a priority to not only maintain Pre-COVID content in a virtual form, but also create new content to keep our audience engaged and our musicians employed. As an organization that strives to break the mold of concerts, we are using COVID-19 to reimagine our normal operations. Since March we have streamed two full original concerts, created solo performances by instrumentalist and vocalists, rethought our Music and Mindfulness series as a more often and virtual event, and partnered with organizations across the country in our virtual trivia series.
In addition, APO has held multiple in-person socially distanced outdoor Porch Concerts that provide our audience with the opportunity to safely see live art despite the current situation around us. Throughout the pandemic, APO has employed hundreds of musicians and artists and in a time when many other organizations couldn’t. In the words of Maestro Luke Frazier, “we never stopped.”
Moving forward, APO is proud to present our NextGen National vocal competition which will include students from across the country competing virtually for the chance to win a monetary prize and the opportunity to perform in a future APO MainStage Show. This will include a virtual audition and semi-finals with a live (COVID permitting) finals in Spring of 2021. APO has also filmed multiple productions that will be broadcast nationally on PBS. APO has been grateful to keep creating and making music despite the limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and will keep working to bring you, our valued audience, original and unique content.
To support APO as we keep moving forward you can click here, so that we can continue to employ more artists and musicians. If you have any questions about what APO has been doing during the pandemic, please email email@example.com. Thank you and stay safe.