Guest Artists

Guest artists bring an unparalleled richness and depth to our programming

Photo: Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Music Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted the POP String Orchestra in Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachmusik” in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in 2014.

Photo: Imani Winds joined POP wind students for POP’s Wind Festival in February 2019.

Guest Artists 2019 – 2020

Dr. Suzanne Burton
Professor of Music Education at the University of Delaware

Project Fusion
Saxophone Quartet

Tommy Mesa

Michael Lawrence

Hannibal Lokumbe


Ritz Chamber Players
Chamber ensemble

Juliet White-Smith
Viola professor from Ohio State University

Chrystal E. Williams

Kerwin Young
Composer and Producer

Greg Zelek

Past Guest Artists

A unique and inspiring aspect of POP programming is that we provide learning opportunities for our students to engage with renowned guest artists. POP has worked informally with varied and diverse guest artists from Philadelphia and beyond since our 2011 founding. These artists have joined our students on stage to perform with them and have led master classes and workshops.

Adrian Anantawan
Violinist and Conductor

Andrew Lipke
Instrumentalist and Composer

Anthony McGill
Principal clarinet, NY Philharmonic

Arturo Stable
Percussionist and Educator, University of The Arts

Bernard Woma Ensemble
Ghanaian Traditional Ensemble

Black Violin
String Duo

Bobby McFerrin
Vocalist And Conductor

Borromeo String Quartet
String Quartet

Cuban Quintet

Chestnut Brass
Brass Quintet

Chicago Harp Quartet
Harp Ensemble

Christine Lamprea

Don Liuzzi
Percussionist, The Philadelphia Orchestra

DRUMLine Live!
Touring Ensemble

Duo Scorpio
Harp Duo

East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO)
Chamber Ensemble

Ensemble 7/4
Venezuelan Trumpet & Percussion Ensemble

Gary White
Conductor, Philadelphia Sinfonia

Hal Robinson
Principal Double Bass, The Philadelphia Orchestra

Hannibal Lokumbe
Trumpeter and Composer

Harlem Quartet
String Quartet

Imani Winds
Wind Quintet

Jon Batiste and Stay Human
House Band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Joseph Conyers
Double Bass, The Philadelphia Orchestra

Joseph Lin
Violinist, Juilliard String Quartet

Julietta Curenton
Flautist, Philadelphia Chamber Music Artist

Jupiter Quartet
String Quartet

Kinan Abou-Afach
Cellist, Oud-ist and Composer

Kiran Ghandi
Electronic Music Artist

Marin Alsop
Conductor, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Mimi Stillman

Nokothula Ngwenyama

Orchestra 2001

Paul Bryan
Conductor, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra

Philadelphia String Quartet
String Quartet

Ranaan Meyer
Double Bassist & Composer

Ray Chen

Richard Hoenich

Rossen Milanov
Conductor, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the Slovenian RTV Orchestra in Ljubljana.

Sir Simon Rattle
Conductor, London Symphony Orchestra

Sixth Floor Trio
Chamber Group

Tai Murray
Violinist, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

Takacs Quartet
String Quartet

The Parker Quartet
String Quartet

Time for Three
String Trio

Timothy Warfield, Jr.
Tenor Saxophone

Trio Cavatina
Chamber Ensemble

Troy Peters
Conductor, UT San Antonio Orchestra and Youth Orchestra of San Antonio

West Philly Orchestra

Weston Sprott
Trombone, Met Orchestra

Wynton Marsalis

Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Music Director, The Philadelphia Orchestra