Michigan Pops Orchestra

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Why Pops?

Pops is a community of musicians with diverse interests, all connected by our love for playing music. Not only do we play popular and exciting pieces from movies, shows, musicals, operas, and more, but we do it as a tight-knit group held together by late-night game nights, potlucks, and parties!

But by far the most rewarding part of Pops is, of course, concert day. Not only are we playing the music we’ve been preparing all semester, but we do it with colorful lights, funny sketches, quirky home-videos, and the adrenaline of finally showing off our hard work.

Still not convinced? Check out our media page and social media to get a glimpse of what #popslove truly is.

Prospective Members

To join the Michigan Pops Orchestra, you will need to sign up for an audition. Auditions are held at the beginning of the fall term and a smaller round of auditions is held at the beginning of the winter term. Check out the audition requirements! Please note that we do not provide instruments on a rental basis for our members. Each individual member is responsible for providing their own instrument throughout the concert season. 

The Fall semester mass meeting will be held on September 10th, 2019. Fall auditions will go Friday-Monday, September 13th-16th.


Audition Requirements

  • Repertoire: Two excerpts of contrasting styles and tempo (up to 2 minutes each).

  • New Members: One scale of your choice.

  • Returning Members: A scale of your choice & chromatic.

  • Instruments that can audition: flute, piccolo, oboe, english horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, harp, piano, violin, viola, cello, bass.

  • Percussion: Percussionists wishing to audition should prepare one short excerpt for each of the following: snare, cymbals, mallets, and timpani.