Photos by Benjamin Hsu
The Michigan Pops Orchestra is the oldest student-run, student-directed collegiate pops orchestra in the United States. The organization was founded in 1995 by Warren Hsu, a University of Michigan student committed to enhancing musical diversity across campus. He advertised the orchestra as one that performed music that students wanted to play and that no other orchestras on campus were programming. Hsu also wanted to give Ann Arbor residents unfamiliar with orchestras an opportunity to have orchestral experiences in a fun and exciting atmosphere. To this day, Hsu’s initial motives are still Pops’ biggest priorities.
Members of the Michigan Pops come from all parts of the University of Michigan community. Most musicians are not music-majors. Most of our music directors have been graduate students in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Today, we have over 100 members, and we are managed by an executive board of 14 students.
The Michigan Pops Orchestra is an official University of Michigan student group. We are housed under the University Activities Center, UAC.
The Michigan Pops Orchestra prides itself in providing opportunities for U-M students to continue playing their instruments. Pops believes that making music is much more fun when orchestra members know each other and encourages a fun and social atmosphere through frequent social events. Pops is committed to presenting fun and exciting concerts to the U-M and Ann Arbor community, presenting a variety of music that appeals to the music lover in everyone.
Members participate in weekly rehearsals, typically Sunday 2-5 pm, at Revelli Hall. Attendance at rehearsals is expected and required. There will be an end of semester concert at The Michigan Theater to showcase our hard work to UofM students, community members, friends, and family!