Children’s Outreach Tour

Children’s Outreach Tour

Through live and virtual performances in schools throughout the country, The American Pops Orchestra has reached more than 650,000 students and 3,250 elementary schools since the inception of its Children’s Outreach Tour programming.

During its 2023 spring and fall tours, APO reached approximately 4,200 students through in person performances in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. More than 293,000 students were reached through virtual performances across all 50 states.

Our 2023 tour brought back our wildly popular musical “The Three Little Pigs,” featuring singing, acting, dancing and of course, our incredible orchestra musicians. The fall cast included Nic Rouleau, actor known for his longest-running role as Elder Price in Broadway’s The Book of Mormon; artists Audri Bartholomew and Chris Richie, NextGen National winners; and NYC-based actor, singer, and comedian Hilary Morrow—and APO’s longest-running Children’s Outreach Tour actor. Watch a full recording of the fall 2023 program here.

Learn more about this unique programming by watching this video and support APO's outreach by making a gift online today.

Student Testimonials

It was an amazing experience with memories that will last a lifetime! I loved being there and being able to listen to all the famous people sing

Grace D. 7th grade

This experience changed my life. As someone who has idolized that kind of dream for YEARS it altered the course of my brain a little. I hope I can do something like that again sometime in my life, because it was one of the highlights. I'm so happy to be able to work with Polar Vortex and am excited for what's next!

Salem P. 8th grade

I had a really fun time performing with everyone, and getting to see how talented Maureen really inspired me. I enjoy singing but I have never thought of it as anything more than a hobby, but now I see that someday I could choose to pursue a career in music.

Alexis B. 8th grade

It was the best school trip that I have ever been on.

Lauren D. 6th grade

Check out the press release featuring even more testimonials here.

A Message from The APO

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 Thank you and stay safe.