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 specializing 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 its highest subscription renewal
rates. 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. In addition to performing at Carnegie Hall, The New York Pops tours
throughout the world and gives free concerts in New York City parks. The orchestra's media
projects include performing for the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on
NBC since 2005, nationwide radio broadcasts, and numerous recordings. The New York Pops'
extensive education programs allow thousands of public schoolchildren to participate in
concert and music-making experiences at Carnegie Hall and in schools throughout the five
boroughs of New York City.
Steven Reineke's boundless 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. 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.