Producing family friendly arts and cultivating music education resources is our way of inspiring the next generation of great musicians and vocalists to take up the mantle and pursue careers in music.
We believe that access to high-quality art experiences should be available to everyone. The American Pops has created outreach programs that deliver musical and artistic experiences to underserved arts-lovers of every age.
Each year APO hosts a free national collegiate vocal competition, the NextGen National: Finding the Voices of Tomorrow. We host performance masterclasses for collegiate musicians, create original children’s programming of the highest caliber and visit schools free of charge in communities with limited access to music education and high-quality artistic performances. Students are given the chance to learn about professional performances, as well as interact directly with APO Musicians and Artists through Q&As and additional in-person or virtual engagements.
The future of American popular music rests in our hands. We’re honored to put microphones, instruments, and confidence in theirs.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and stay safe.