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.


Upcoming Events

  • A Very Merry POPS Christmas with Kevin Helppie
    Sun, Dec 11
    Chemeketa Community College Auditorium
    Dec 11, 3:00 PM
    Chemeketa Community College Auditorium, 4000 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, OR 97305, USA
    Join us Sunday, December 11 at 3:00 pm for our Christmas Concert featuring Dr. Kevin Helppie, baritone. The POPS Christmas Concert is always a mix of classic carols, popular music, and always fun. We've even heard from the North Pole that a special guest may be making an appearance.

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.


Play with us!

The Salem Pops Orchestra rehearses in the band room at Walker Middle School weekly on Mondays from September to May. 

​If you are interested in joining us, please fill out the form below. 

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