July 3, 2021 – 7:30PM
The Prescott Pops Symphony is pleased to perform this last concert as part of YCPAC’s “Concerts On The Green” series this year. Join us for a rousing orchestral salute to the country we love. The Prescott Pops will fill the evening air with patriotic music, as well as classic tunes from movies, pop, and Broadway.


The Prescott Symphony is excited to announce the formation of a YOUTH ORCHESTRA!


Stay-tuned for more about 2021-2022 Season “Pop-Up” Performances – Music Minis that feature Pops Symphony musicians in quartets and surprising locations. For FREE!


May means we’ll be announcing the Pops’ 2021-2022 Season! Stay-tuned for more information and for season ticket sale dates.

EVENT – JULY 5 – 9, 2021

Prescott Youth Orchestra String Camp

The Prescott Symphony Orchestra is starting a youth instrumental string orchestra in August of 2021. The Prescott Youth Orchestra includes students in the 5th through 8th grades who currently play, or are interested in playing violin, viola, cello or string bass. The orchestra is being created to provide an engaging musical experience for those students who would like to perform in a string ensemble and/or wish to learn. Students who already play another instrument will have the opportunity to improve their level of musical competence by learning a stringed instrument and exploring this new challenge.

Assessments will be made as to the skill level of each participant and those with like competence will be assigned to a coach who, with skill-appropriate music, will work to help develop the ability within their group to allow integration into the full orchestra. This will be accomplished by having students alternately grouped by instrument, by ability, and all together. Students will be engaged in and taught unique skills (technique, theory, musicianship, etc.). Music will be provided and written/arranged to allow players of all abilities to play with the full group.



All of us at the Prescott Symphony Orchestra miss performing for you! YES we’re still the Pops. Think of us as “The Pops PLUS!” Read about the restructuring and all the things we’ve been up to, working hard to bring you more. You’ll notice part of that is this new website. Keep checking back on our progress!

We’ve all been following the guidelines to do our part in preventing the spread of Covid-19, and it has been a long year. Now we can look forward to a better year for all.

– Maestro Joseph Place


By Joe Cotten, PSO Board | August 30, 2020
The Prescott Pops Symphony restructured the organization with an eye toward expansion which Music Director Joseph Place has been putting together for some time.

Joseph D. Place

Joseph D. Place

Music Director & Conductor

A fifth generation Arizona native, Joseph has conducted orchestras and ensembles and played trumpet throughout the Southwest for over 25 years. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree…

Ryan Gastonguay

Ryan Gastonguay

Associate Conductor

Born and raised in the Prescott area, Ryan began piano lessons at the age of four and later picked up the French Horn in middle school when he noticed there was a need in the concert band. He…

Darrell Rowader

Darrell Rowader

Pops Choral Director

Darrell is certainly no stranger to the concert stage here in Prescott as well as the world. The musical world first encountered him as an apprentice operatic tenor with the Santa Fe Opera, after…

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