Mission

The Mission of the Bend Pops Orchestra is to produce, present and promote memorable music for the enrichment of Bend and the surrounding communities.

History

The Bend Pops Orchestra is now entering its 6th season as the leading Pops performing arts organization in Bend, Oregon. Featuring 47 of Central Oregon’s professional, semi-professional and amateur musicians who perform for audiences of all ages, the mission of the Bend Pops is to produce, present and promote memorable music for the enrichment of Bend and the surrounding communities.

As an anchor among Bend arts and culture organizations for many years, Bend Pops provides memorable cultural experiences to residents of the region. The Pops contributes to a vibrant cultural community.

Where the Music Begins

Community Orchestra of Central Oregon was founded in 2014 by a small group of musicians with a desire to start a local ensemble to play music. With several months of practice under their belt, it was time to hire a professional conductor. Maestro Sam Taylor was brought on board and has been the conductor since.

Where the Music Continues

In the Summer of 2019, the Board of Directors unanimously agreed that changing the name to Bend Pops Orchestra would be instrumental in moving the orchestra in a new direction. The orchestra has been a pops orchestra since its inception, playing pops and classical selections, this seemed like a natural change. The Bend Pops is heading into its 6th concert season.