The American Pops Orchestra
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Pops for the 21st Century

Founded in 2015 by rising Pops star Luke Frazier, 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.

Photography by Glorianna Picini

In addition to presenting public performances, The American Pops Orchestra performs at private events and gatherings. APO is flexible in planning, accommodating your needs, and helps to elevate your event, making it a truly memorable experience for your guests.

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Upcoming Shows

The Pied Piper
Music and Mindfulness: Practice II
The 3rd Annual NextGen: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow
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In The News

All of the latest APO stories and information!

Actor, Singer Garrett Clayton to Join The American Pops Orchestra

Patch
September 3, 2019

Garrett will be join The American Pops Orchestra in a special tribute performance to the legendary Dolly on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. at Arena Stage in Southwest D.C.

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Garrett Clayton Will Join The American Pops Orchestra To Celebrate Dolly Parton

Broadway World
September 3, 2019

Audiences have loved Garrett Clayton in "Hairspray Live!," Disney movies and his dramatic roles, and now he's getting ready to add his voice to some of Dolly Parton's greatest songs.

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Music & Mindfulness Preview

ABC7 News
June 12, 2019

Conductor Luke Frazier and yogi Michael Peterson give viewers of Let's Talk Live a sample of what people will hear and experience during APO's regular Music & Mindfulness yoga practices at Arena Stage.

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You Can Now Do Yoga with an Orchestra at Dupont Underground

Washingtonian
October 18, 2018

Let the American Pops Orchestra be the soundtrack to your next sun salutation.

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QUEERY: Luke Frazier

Blade
May 9, 2019

The great American songbook — the popular standards of yesteryear — is important to conductor Luke Frazier because it connects people.

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Modern Luxury DC
April 15, 2019

DC Magazine celebrated five gents making major moves in the District.

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American Pops Orchestra brings live-music yoga sessions to Arena Stage

MetroWeekly
April 11, 2019

"Music and Mindfulness" brings together a small group of musicians with yoga teacher Michael Peterson

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Kathy Najimy on fighting for equality, “Hocus Pocus,” and performing with the American Pops Orchestra

MetroWeekly
May 16, 2019

Kathy Najimy has been a vital friend to the LGBTQ community in its fight for equality, gleefully entertaining us along the way.

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‘Trading Spaces’ host Paige Davis can’t wait to perform at the APO’s tribute to Jerry Herman

MetroWeekly
May 16, 2019

When her Hollywood agent asked if she’d like to take part in a symphonic staged concert in D.C., Paige Davis reacted with characteristic enthusiasm — and sass.

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On Your Feet! star Mauricio Martínez brings his voice and his truth to APO’s Jerry Herman tribute

MetroWeekly
May 16, 2019

In 2015, Mauricio Martínez was facing the potentially make-or-break decision dreaded by scores of rising young artists in the entertainment industry.

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College singers duke it out in the American Pops’ NextGen competition

Metro Weekly
March 7, 2019

Earlier this year, Luke Frazier, the founding music director of the American Pops Orchestra, “hit the rails and the trails” across America. His goal was to audition hundreds of students for the organization’s NextGen singing competition, ultimately whittling them down to 30 semi-finalists. But things didn’t go quite according to plan.

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American Pops Orchestra & National Society Of Arts And Letters Present NEXTGEN: FINDING THE VOICES OF TOMORROW

Broadway World
February 25, 2019

On Saturday, March 9, APO's Jazz Quartet will perform as 30 semi-finalists from university programs compete to win the top title. Votes from a panel of judges and the audience will determine the best voice of tomorrow. The program will take place at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C., beginning at 8 p.m.

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Take A Look

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)

"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

"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

"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