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Save the Date! 2023-2024 Salem POPS Season

August 25, 2023

Mark your calendars for the Salem POPS Orchestra's 2023-2024 season!

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Sunday, May 12, 2024

All concerts are Sundays at 3 p.m. at the East Salem Community Center, 1850 45th Ave NE, Salem, OR.

More information including Season tickets coming soon!


POPS presents Percussion Persuasion

February 19, 2023

Join the Salem Pops Orchestra on Sunday, March 19th at 3:00 p.m. in the Chemeketa College Auditorium for an evening of their signature mix of popular and light classical music, this time featuring a little latin flair with percussionist Joel Garza. 

Dr. Joel Alberto Garza is Director of Percussion Studies at Western Oregon University and together with the Salem Pops Orchestra will be featuring Danzón no. 2 by Arturo Márquez and Concerto for Marimba by Ney Rosauro. 

You won’t want to miss this exciting concert! Tickets are available now online at


Acompañe a la Orquesta Salem Pops el domingo 19 de marzo a las 3:00 p.m. en el auditorio del Colegio Comunitario Chemeketa para una velada de su mezcla característica de música popular y música clásica, acompañada en esta ocasión de un sabor latino con el percusionista Joel Garza.

El Dr. Joel Alberto Garza es Director de Estudios de Percusión en la Universidad Western Oregon y junto con la Orquesta Salem Pops presentará dos piezas latinoamericanas: El Danzón no. 2 de Arturo Márquez y el Concierto para Marimba de Ney Rosauro.

¡No querrá perderse este emocionante concierto! Las entradas ya están disponibles en línea en la página



November 16,  2022

December 11, 2022
3:00 PM

Chemeketa Community College Auditorium

Join us Sunday, December 11 at 3:00 pm for our annual Christmas Concert featuring Dr. Kevin Helppie, baritone at Chemeketa Community College Auditorium, 4000 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, OR, Building 6, Access from 45th Ave NE
The POPS Christmas Concert is a mix of classic carols, popular music, a dash of classical and always fun! We've even heard from the North Pole that a special guest may be making an appearance.
The POPS is excited to have Dr. Kevin Helppie return as our featured guest. A frequent solo vocal performer throughout the Northwest, Kevin’s style is a happy combination of Luciano Pavarotti and Bing Crosby.  If you need a little push to get into the holiday spirit, this will do the job!
Get your tickets today!

Tickets available here


A POPS Evening with Adam Harris

October 16, 2022

Join the Salem Pops Orchestra on Sunday, November 6th at 3:00 pm in the Chemeketa College Auditorium for an evening of their signature mix of popular, light classical, and jazz music with well-known West Coast Jazz Artist (and newly-elected Director of Jazz Studies at Western Oregon University) Adam Harris. The program will feature Harris playing John Williams's seductive music from “Catch Me If You Can” for saxophone and orchestra, plus a variety of jazz and pop favorites.  The program will also include a special salute to our veterans.

Adam Harris is an Oregon-based jazz saxophonist, composer and music educator. Over the last decade, he has established a reputation for himself as a powerful voice in the Pacific Northwest music scene.

In addition to maintaining a busy teaching schedule, Adam performs professionally on a regular basis throughout the west coast. Over the past several years, he has shared the stage with some of the world's most famous jazz musicians, including Wynton Marsalis, Dave Holland, Randy Brecker, and Joshua Redman.

In 2022, Adam accepted a full-time teaching position at Western Oregon University as their Director of Jazz Education and Saxophone Professor.

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. They will be performing at Chemeketa Community College, 4000 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, OR, in the Auditorium in Building 6. Access is off 45th St SE.

Tickets are available online or at the door prior to the show.

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Salem Pops Orchestra: The “Not-So-Little” Orchestra That Could

October 1, 2022

The Covid Pandemic restrictions were particularly tough on the Salem Pops. We are the oldest community music group in Salem, but what we do was totally illegal for two years. Our goals are to provide a place where dedicated amateurs can continue to make music in their adult years and to present high quality performances of great music of all styles to the Salem community.

Being unable to rehearse or perform shut us down completely. By the early spring of 2022, we had not met together for two years.  Instruments were sitting unused.  Skills were rusting.  It was plain that we had to either get busy or disappear.  We decided to gather ourselves and present a concert. And we needed a cause to inspire us. Ukraine’s astonishing resistance of Russian aggression was on all our minds. We agreed that such bravery deserved support (and besides, we hate bullies.) We decided to dedicate the proceeds of the concert to Ukrainian relief. We joined forces with the Western Oregon University Orchestra and started “doing our thing”. The concert was a huge success both musically and financially. Thanks to great community interest and support, we raised over $3,000. It will be formally presented to the Ukrainian Red Cross at the November 6 concert.  

The Pops is back! Join us for our 22-23 season. It’s music you really want to hear!

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Salem Pops Orchestra 2022-2023 Season

September 17, 2022

Mark Your Calendar for our 2022-2023 season:

All Concerts are Sundays at 3:00 pm

Chemeketa Community College Auditorium

4000 Lancaster DR NE, Salem, Bldg 6

November 6th

December 11th

March 19th

May 21st


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!

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