About APO

Meet The American Pops Orchestra

The American Pops Orchestra (APO) was founded in 2015 by Maestro Luke Frazier with the aim of breathing new life into orchestral pops programming and inspiring new audiences to discover the wealth of material in the Great American Songbook in dynamic ways.

Meet Maestro Luke Frazier

LUKE FRAZIER is changing what it means to be the maestro of a cutting edge orchestra. He is an innately musical conductor, a sensitive and brilliant pianist and a visionary for presenting music we know and love with a fun, energetic and unique twist. Washingtonian Magazine named him one of their “Top 40 Under 40,” (way under 40, he might add) and it doesn’t stop there. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and musical theatre legend, Marvin Hamlisch, put it best, calling Frazier “so talented, and sensitive to every nuance.”

As founder and Music Director of The American Pops Orchestra (APO), Frazier has set the bar high for popular orchestral programming. His past seasons have brought Broadway, television and even Olympic stars to the stage alongside APO to dazzle his new-found audience of young, first-time attendees and long-time orchestra patrons alike. Each show is built from the ground up with original arrangements and innovative staging, all brought to life by a cast of stars, acclaimed and upcoming, to deliver what every audience wants to experience- a night they won’t forget!

Frazier doesn’t spend all his time conducting The American Pops. He has earned his stripes conducting across the country and abroad. He has conducted at internationally acclaimed venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The White House, The Kennedy Center and so many more. He is an avid proponent of the preservation and celebration of the American Songbook, as evidenced by his orchestral programming, his iTunes playlist, and his involvement on the Board of the Great American Songbook Foundation.

Frazier is thrilled to have worked with an arsenal of incredible artists, most of whom he calls friend. This list includes such luminaries as Chita Rivera, Patti LaBelle, Lea Delaria, Tommy Tune, Renée Fleming, Andra Day, Darren Criss, Vanessa Williams, Liz Callaway, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Lea Salonga, Betty Who, Laura Osnes, Wynton Marsalis, Eric Owens, Marilyn Maye, Liza Minnelli, Rita Moreno, Lindsay Mendez, Michael Feinstein, Christine Ebersole, Elaine Paige, Arturo Sandoval, and Norm Lewis, among many others.

Follow the maestro:
Instagram: @fraziersedge
Twitter: @LSFConductor

Meet The APO Musicians

Additional APO Musicians

Violin 1
Sarah D’Angelo
Sonya Hayes

Sarah McIver

Jerry Amoury

Violin 2
Laura Frazelle
Marissa Murphy

Shawn Buck

Jim Roberts

Stephanie Knutsen
Matthew Maffett
Elizabeth Stahr

Brandon Cave

Alex Tang

Danielle Cho
Barbara Brown
Jihea Choi

French Horn
Chandra Cervantes

APO Partners

Thank you to our partners Virginia Artesian, Capital Candy Jar, and the National Society of Arts and Letters DC Chapter.

Past Performances

Private Events

In addition to regular season programming, APO performs in many special events throughout the year. Some of these events include:

2018 Hispanic Heritage Awards
12 September 2018 | John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2017 Hispanic Heritage Awards
14 September 2017 | Warner Theater

8th Annual DC Standing Ovation Awards
8 February 2018 | The Anthem

Smithsonian Giving Pledge Dinner
21 March 2018 | National Museum of American History

Atlantic Council “On Your Feet” Gala
10 May 2018 | The Ritz-Carleton

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Critical Acclaim for APO

BWW Interview: Broadway's Patrice Covington

Broadway's Patrice Covington Shares Her Favorite '80s Songs in Advance of Friday's American Pops Orchestra Concert
BroadwayWorld.com, Apr 5, 2017
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Review: ‘Cinderella: A Magical, Musical Tale’ at The American Pops Orchestra

“This is what theater is all about and it was my dream when I started DCMetroTheaterArts 5 years ago-to see a venue filled with parents and kids laughing and clapping and having a great time together. And maybe these kids will ask their parents to take to the theater or a concert again and again. Fingers crossed."
DC Metro Theater Arts, Mar 16, 2017
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Don't Rain On My Parade: 75 Years of Barbra Streisand

“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.”
BroadwayWorld, Jan 17, 2017
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The American Pops Orchestra Sings a Joyful Tribute to STREISAND

“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.”
BroadwayWorld.com, Jan 17, 2017
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I’ll Be Seeing You: A World War II Love Story

DC Metro Theater Arts, May 9, 2016
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Make Someone Happy: A 60’s Cocktail Party

“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 Theater Arts, May 9, 2016
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Piaf: A Centennial Celebration

“As much as any individual singer, what warmed the evening was the sumptuous lilt of the 15-piece American Pops Orchestra, conducted by Luke Frazier.”
New York Times, December 20, 2015
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A Broadway Christmas

“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 Theater Arts, December 17, 2015
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Stairway to Paradise: A Gershwin Spectacular

“The American Pops Orchestra brought a fresh perspective to the American Songbook in its inaugural DC concert.”
DC Metro Theater Arts, October 20, 2015
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