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
at Carnegie Hall, enjoying one of its highest subscription renewal rates. The New York
Pops' annual birthday gala is celebrated each spring, raising funds for the orchestra and
its education programs.
Now in its 31st season, The New York Pops celebrates the diversity of popular music's
evolving songbook. Every concert is a unique experience, with influences that range from
Broadway melodies to film scores, jazz, rock, pop, and everything in between. The orchestra
collaborates with stars from the stage and screen, such as Tony Bennett, Michael Feinstein,
Megan Hilty, Idina Menzel, Kelli O'Hara, Miss Piggy, Pink Martini, John Pizzarelli, and
many more. Under the leadership of Steven Reineke, The New York Pops continues to reimagine
orchestral pops music.
The New York Pops is dedicated to lifelong learning, and collaborates with public schools,
community organizations, children's hospitals, and senior centers throughout the five
boroughs of New York City. Pops Education allows thousands of New Yorkers of all ages and
backgrounds to participate in fully customized music programs that blend traditional
education with pure fun. Pops Education makes music open to all, and uses tools like
composition, lyric writing, performance, and mentorship to foster learning and unbridled
creativity. In doing so, these programs excite students and give them skills they can apply
to all areas of their lives.
The New York Pops is committed to creating access for all members of the community. An
annual collaboration with Central Park SummerStage pairs the orchestra with contemporary
artists for free outdoor concerts. Thousands of children and their parents have the
opportunity to see The New York Pops during interactive and educational family concerts in
partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. The orchestra has toured throughout
the world. Past media projects include the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks
Spectacular on NBC, a nationally syndicated radio series, and performances on
PBS. The orchestra's discography includes recordings of popular standards, theater and film
scores, and music for the holidays.
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 through presentation
of concerts and education programs of the highest quality. The New York Pops is a
non-profit organization supported solely through the generosity of individual donations,
institutional grants, corporate sponsorships, and concert income. Visit nypops.org for more
information; you can also follow The New York Pops on Facebook (facebook.com/newyorkpops)
and Twitter (@newyorkpops).
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 and conductor of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, principal pops conductor of
the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and principal pops conductor of the National Symphony
Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and has also
conducted the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at
the Ravinia Festival. His extensive North American conducting engagements include
appearances with the orchestras of San Francisco, Houston, Seattle, Edmonton, Pittsburgh,
Vancouver, Ottawa (National Arts Centre), Detroit, Milwaukee, and Calgary.
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 Philharmonic
and Los Angeles Philharmonic. 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
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.