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 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
Now in its 33rd season, The New York Pops celebrates the diversity of popular music's
evolving songbook. Every concert is a unique experience, with influences ranging from
Broadway melodies to film scores, jazz, rock, pop and everything in between. Under the
leadership of dynamic Music Director Steven Reineke, The New York Pops continues to
re-imagine 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. PopsEd allows thousands of New Yorkers of all ages and
backgrounds to participate in fully customizable music programs that blend traditional
education with pure fun.
The New York Pops is committed to creating access for all members of the community.
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 New York Pops is a non-profit organization supported solely
through the generosity of individual donations, institutional grants, corporate
sponsorships, and concert income.
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 the
music director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, principal pops conductor of the
National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,
principal pops conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and principal pops conductor
designate of the Houston Symphony, beginning in the 2017-2018 season.
Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and has been on
the podium with the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at
Ravinia, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. His extensive North
American conducting appearances include performances 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,
where he served as associate conductor, 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. This season, he will write a new composition titled The
True Story of the Three Little Pigs, based on the popular children's book of the same
name by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, and will debut the piece with the National Symphony
Orchestra. 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 with his husband, Eric Gabbard. Mr. Reineke is
represented by Peter Throm Management, LLC.