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. Under
the leadership of dynamic Music Director Steven Reineke, The New York Pops continues to
re-imagine orchestral pops music. The orchestra performs an annual subscription series and
birthday gala at Carnegie Hall and a summer series at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New
York. 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.
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. He previously held the posts of principal pops conductor
of the Long Beach Symphony and Modesto Symphony Orchestra, and associate conductor of the
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and has been on
the podium with the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra at Ravinia. His extensive North American conducting appearances include
performances with the orchestras of San Francisco, Seattle, Edmonton, Pittsburgh,
Vancouver, Ottawa (National Arts Centre), Detroit, Milwaukee, and Calgary.
On stage, Mr. Reineke has created programs and collaborated with a range of leading
artists from the worlds of hip-hop, Broadway, television, and rock, including Kendrick
Lamar, Nas, Sutton Foster, Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson, Wayne Brady, Peter Frampton, and
Ben Folds, among others.
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 worldwide.
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.