Our musician mission says it all:
We provide community musicians the enjoyment in preparing and presenting varied programs of music for the enrichment of people in Bend and surrounding communities.
Why Join Bend Pops?
Bend Pops is Central Oregon’s premier community orchestra. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive and fun group. We welcome all area musicians and all skill levels. No auditions required! We have weekly rehearsals at Mountain View High School in Bend. Our rehearsals are from 6:45PM to 8:45PM on Wednesday evenings during the concert season. We play pops music and well-known classical pieces, which is fun for us as musicians, and gives us a wide audience appeal. We play four concerts a year, and there are many ensemble opportunities.
For more information, please check out our New/Prospective member handout.
Our orchestra sustains itself on grants, donations, and dues from its playing members. The dues to play each month are $40, and can be paid in full for the year with a discount. We have a scholarship fund so no one is turned away due to exceptional financial circumstances.
Our conductor, Maestro Sam Taylor, has been with Bend Pops since its inception in 2014. He has been a professional violinist most of his adult life, playing and conducting in the US and Europe. He is active in the Central Oregon music community and teaches violin and guitar.
We hope you will join us!