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.



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.


"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence."


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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.



Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Salem Pops Orchestra has had to pause our performances. However, we want you to know that our board and members are working hard behind the scenes so that when we are able to come together once again, we are strong and better than ever.

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PO Box 5794
Salem, OR 97304


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