Salem Pops Orchestra

The music you want to hear

Led by Dr. Ike Nail, the Salem Pops Orchestra is an all-volunteer orchestra dedicated to bringing a variety of popular and light classical music to the Salem, Oregon community.


Get to Know Us

At Salem Pops Orchestra, we believe in giving the community a variety of musical experiences while providing a place for musicians of all ages and backgrounds performance opportunities. All of our volunteer musicians come from Salem, Oregon, and its surrounding communities. Concerts are held Sunday afternoons in the Chemeketa Community College Auditorium from October to May.  Participation is open to all who are able to play in an orchestral setting with an appropriate level of confidence.

In addition, the POPS sponsors a Young Artists Program for music students who compete for the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the orchestra.


News & Updates


We are back for the 2022-23 Season!

September 1, 2022

Greetings Pops Friends!

The board is busy getting ready for the season, and we hope you are ready to join us this fall either as a fellow musician, or at a concert. If you are interested in joining us and seeing what we’re all about, fill out our form linked below. Our first rehearsal will be Monday, September 12 from 7 p.m. at Walker Middle School, in West Salem and we meet weekly on Mondays.

Our tentative concert dates for the season are: 

November 6th

December 11th

March 19th

May 21st

We do not have a concert venue yet, but are hoping to get that settled as soon as possible. 

We are excited to get back together, see each other, and get playing again! We hope to see you soon!


Upcoming Events

  • A Pops Benefit for Ukraine
    Sun, Jun 12
    Rose Auditorium - South Salem High
    Jun 12, 3:00 PM
    Rose Auditorium - South Salem High, 1910 Church St SE, Salem, OR 97302, USA

Become a Benefactor

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The Salem Pops Orchestra, 501(c)3 is proud to showcase the talent and discipline of its local musician members who generously serve as living cultural assets to the Mid-Willamette Valley. While orchestra members started their musical journey in high school or college they continue to engage in lifelong musical experiences. Thanks to our generous donors, we are able to pass that opportunity on to both young children and high school students.

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