The POPS Symphony was created in 1992 by local musicians to provide an opportunity for them to participate in performances of light-hearted orchestral music during the summer when other musical groups were not active. It was first incorporated as a non-profit organization in May of 1996 as the “Prescott Summer POPS Symphony.”
During its tenure, the POPS has performed close to 40 concerts for appreciative Yavapai area audiences. The symphony performers, all volunteers, range from 50 to 80 local instrumentalists and 40 to 60 vocalists at various concerts, plus local guest soloists and conductors. Membership always includes from 12-25% youth participants from area intermediate and high schools. In addition, over the years, the POPS has partnered with other performing and support groups such as the Yavapai Symphony Association, the Yavapai Symphony Guild, and the Yavapai College Master Chorale.
Over the years, attendance and ticket sales for POPS concerts tripled. In response to popular demand, in 2006-7, the POPS dropped “Summer” from its name and became the “Prescott POPS Symphony,” moving from primarily two summer performances per year to four larger productions performed throughout the year, including in each season a major musical production with a chorus and renowned soloists. The POPS continues to provide quality performances at low ticket prices for the community, to support youth musical growth and involvement, and to provide ample opportunity for participation by the areas’ talented musicians.
The POPS’ mission is threefold:
1) to educate, enrich and entertain audiences of all ages by providing accessible, affordable, high quality symphonic music,
2) to encourage youth involvement in music through participation, donations, and scholarships, and
3) to provide an opportunity for local musicians to participate, through rehearsals and performances, in a challenging, inspiring, and dynamic musical environment.