POP Symphony Orchestra

The Play On Philly Symphony Orchestra (POPSO) is the flagship ensemble at Play On Philly and provides tuition-free intensive musical training

All students who live or learn in Philadelphia are invited and encouraged to register.

Your inquiry will be submitted to our POPSO and Community Engagement Coordinator Ms. Moriah Sultes and our Music Director Mr. Andrés González.

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The Play On Philly Symphony Orchestra (POPSO) is a tuition-free program designed to provide middle and high school students in the Philadelphia area, with intensive musical training. As a member of the flagship ensemble at Play On Philly, you will have opportunities to play across the region in various venues, experience personal growth through music, and create lasting friendships with other musicians. Our program also gives you the chance to learn from professional musicians in the instrument fields of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.

Along with joining the ensemble, high school students can choose to attend POP’s Identity, Power, and Music (IPM) workshop. IPM students discuss issues of race, gender, and identity in the context of media, art, and music. Students practice discussion facilitation skills with their peers around issues of social justice, create music inspired by their own experiences, and see themselves as agents of change in the world.


The Howard Center for the Arts
Roman Catholic High School


Monday: 4:30-6:30 pm Full Orchestra rehearsal
Tuesday: 4:30-6:30 pm Identity, Power, and Music Class
Wednesday: 4:00-6:00 pm Strings, Winds, and Percussion Ensemble
Thursday: 4:30-6:30 pm Sectionals

Session 1: September 30th to December 21st
Session 2: January 6th to March 14th
Session 3: March 15th to May 28th
Session 4: All-Day Summer Camp

Tentative Calendar of Events

Pop-Up at the Universities
11/15 Swarthmore College
03/14 Rowan University
05/08 University of Pennsylvania

Chamber Music
10/25 POP Wind Ensemble
11/22 POP Cello Ensemble
12/11 Winds and Percussion Ensemble
02/08 Strings Festival
05/27 Strings, Winds, and Percussion Ensembles

Main Concerts
01/18 and 1/20 Dr. Martin Luther King Day Concerts
05/29 Final Concert

POP Concert
05/23 Jubilee Concert

Community Concert
12/21 Side-by-Side with Astral Artists

Summer Showcase
August 2, 2019
G.F. Handel – Hornpipe from Water Music Suite in F major (HWV 348)
Andrés Gonzales, Conductor