The American Pops Orchestra
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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.

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Upcoming Dates!

4th Annual "NextGen National: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow"

Auditions Due | 26 Oct 2020
Semi-Finals Live Broadcast | 21 Nov 2020
Virtual Broadcast

Name That tune: Trivia with APO

13 October 2020 | 7 PM

APO Porch Concert

14 October 2020 | 7 PM
Children's Sing-Along

Music and Mindfulness: Yoga with APO

19 October 2020 | 6:00 PM

Name That tune: Trivia with APO

27 October 2020 | 7 PM

4th Annual "NextGen National: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow"

Do you know who the next big name in music will be? We want to find out. The American Pops Orchestra presents their 4th Annual "NextGen National: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow" Vocal Competition. College students from coast to coast will compete for the chance to perform in an APO Mainstage Show and a $1000 prize through a simple 32 bar recording of an American popular song written before 1970. For more information email us at auditions@theamericanpops.org or audition today!

Henny Penny

16-20 November 2020

The American Pops Orchestra present their annual Children’s Outreach Tour, but this year, virtually!

Are you interested in being a part of APO’s virtual tour? Click below to see exact times and register your school!

Music and Mindfulness: Virtual Yoga with The American Pops

Monday’s at 6:00pm EDT
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About the APO

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.

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Upcoming Shows

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4th Annual "NextGen National: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow"
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Our recent kid's show was a hit!

“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.”

— Broadway World

"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.

— Chuck Pennington (Conductor of Mannheim Steamroller)

“The show was incredible. The actors and orchestra were so talented!

— Courtney Whittington, DC Area Moms Blog

“The live music, instrument introductions and post show opportunities turned a great kids show into a phenomenal family experience!”

— Colleen Moriarty, Adventure Moms DC

“The vocalists and orchestra were absolutely outstanding. We didn’t want the show to end.”

— Stacy

“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.”

— Craig

"As much as any individual singer, what warmed the evening was the sumptuous lilt of the American Pops Orchestra, conducted by Luke Frazier.

— New York Times

"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."

— DC Metro Theatre Arts

“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.”

— Trisha

“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!”

— Donald

"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."

— DC Metro Theatre Arts

"The American Pops Orchestra brought a fresh perspective to the American Songbook in its inaugural DC concert, Stairway to Paradise: A Gershwin Spectacular."

— DC Metro Theatre Arts

“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.”

— Ricardo

“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!”

— Heather

A Message from The APO

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 hannah@theamericanpops.org to initiate your refund.