The New York Pops
The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States and the
only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City that specializes in popular music.
Led by Music Director Steven Reineke, the orchestra performs an annual subscription series
and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall, enjoying one of the highest subscription renewal rates
of any series at Carnegie Hall. The New York Pops was founded by former NBC music director
Skitch Henderson in 1983, with a mission to create greater public awareness and
appreciation of America's rich musical heritage through presentation of concerts and
education programs of the highest quality.
Along with performing at Carnegie Hall, The New York Pops tours throughout the world and
gives free concerts in New York City parks. In 2010, the orchestra made its sixth annual
appearance in the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC. Past media
projects include producing a nationally syndicated radio series and performances on PBS.
The orchestra's extensive discography includes recordings of popular songs, film and
theater music, and music for the holidays.
The New York Pops' extensive education programs allow public schoolchildren to participate
in numerous concert and music-making experiences: Salute to Music offers free
instrumental lessons to more than 100 New York City junior high school students each year;
Kids in the Balcony provides over 1,000 free tickets to children to attend The New
York Pops' concerts at Carnegie Hall; other education programs such as Create a
Symphony and Rhythm, Rhyme & Rap teach musical skills that include
composition, instrument building, percussion performance, and literacy.
A recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council
on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York Pops is a
not-for-profit corporation supported solely through the generosity of individual donations,
institutional grants, and concert income.
Steven Reineke's limitless enthusiasm and exceptional artistry have made him one of the
nation's most sought-after pops conductors, composers, and arrangers. In 2010-2011, Mr.
Reineke begins his second season as Music Director of The New York Pops. In addition to
conducting the orchestra's annual Carnegie Hall concert series, he leads concert tours,
recordings, and nationwide telecasts, including the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks
Spectacular on NBC. In addition, Mr. Reineke serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the
Long Beach and Modesto symphony orchestras and as Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati
Pops Orchestra, where for 15 years he served as a composer, arranger, and conducting
protégé of the late celebrated pops conductor Erich Kunzel.
Mr. Reineke's recent engagements include appearances with the orchestras of Houston,
Toronto, Detroit, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Vancouver, and Edmonton, as well as the National
Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. He made his Boston Pops and Philadelphia Orchestra
debuts in 2009, and appeared twice with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2010. He made his
Hollywood Bowl debut in 2007 with the multi-faceted entertainer Wayne Brady, and returned
to the Hollywood Bowl in 2008 to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition, Mr.
Reineke conducted, arranged, and orchestrated the music for Mr. Brady's orchestral show,
and played the same role in his collaboration with rock legend Peter Frampton.
As the creator of more than 100 orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra,
Mr. Reineke's arrangements have been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. Mr. Reineke is also an
established symphonic composer. His works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of
Sleepy Hollow, and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently in North
America, with recent performances by the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics. In August
2008, his Sun Valley Festival Fanfare debuted with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony
to commemorate the opening of the orchestra's new pavilion. In 2005, his Festival Te
Deum and Swan's Island Sojourn were performed, respectively, by the
Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. His numerous wind ensemble compositions
are published by the C. L. Barnhouse Company, and are performed by concert bands around the
A native of Ohio, Mr. Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned
Bachelor of Music degrees with honors in both trumpet performance and music composition. He
currently resides in New York City.