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 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 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. Mr. Reineke is music
director of The New York Pops, the newly appointed principal pops conductor of the Toronto
Symphony Orchestra, and principal pops conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in
Washington, DC. He also serves as principal pops conductor of the Long Beach and Modesto
symphony orchestras through the end of the 2011-2012 season, and was associate conductor of
the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and during the
past year he has conducted both the Boston Pops and The Cleveland Orchestra. He makes his
Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut on July 4, 2012, at the Ravinia Festival. His extensive
North American conducting appearances include Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Edmonton,
Vancouver, Ottawa (National Arts Centre), Detroit, Fort Worth, Jacksonville, Tampa (Florida
Orchestra), Calgary, Memphis, and Oklahoma City.
As the creator of more than 100 orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra,
Mr. Reineke's work has been performed worldwide and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati
Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. His symphonic works Celebration
Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Casey at the Bat are performed
frequently in North America, including performances by the New York and Los Angeles
philharmonics. His Sun Valley Festival Fanfare was used to commemorate the Sun
Valley Summer Symphony's pavilion, and his Festival Te Deum and Swan's Island
Sojourn were debuted by the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops orchestras. His
numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and are
performed by concert bands around the world.
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.