Founded in 1996 by Eric Damast ‘97, the Harvard Pops Orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra conducted by our music director, Allen Feinstein ‘86. Since its inception, the Harvard Pops Orchestra has become renowned for its unconventional, adventurous, and inventive programs. Through seasonal concerts built around creative themes, the Harvard Pops performs a variety of classical repertoire, standard pops works, and arrangements and original compositions written by students. The members of the orchestra are joined by actors and singers who bring a theatrical and visual element to each concert.
The defining difference between Pops and other musical groups at Harvard is our combination of student-written scripts and music, original films, and eclectic repertoire to concoct concerts that are less concerts and more theatrical music productions. Each of our concerts is themed (for instance: British murder mystery, Western, time travel), and is filled with acting, singing, and of course, playing. We have three concerts each year, each with its own unique plot, script, and program. Our two full shows in the fall and spring are held in Lowell Lecture Hall, while our shorter winter concert is in the SOCH.
The best way to understand Pops is by watching some of our work! You can watch our past concerts, or look through our photos and other media.