Columbia Pops is Columbia’s premier pops orchestra. Founded in 2014 by Columbia undergraduates, it is entirely student-run. It has played a variety of pieces including, film and television scores, Broadway hits, jazz tunes, popular classical works, video game soundtracks, original student works, and more. The orchestra performs a new program of student-arranged music every semester.
Popsicles are the chamber ensembles affiliated with Columbia Pops; they organize their own rehearsals and perform for a variety of student events on campus, such as NSOP.
Columbia Pops was founded as a small chamber group, eventually growing to full orchestra size. The group has both attended and hosted the East Coast Pops Summit, which brings together several college Pops orchestras for a weekend of music-making.
The brilliant and multifaceted members of Columbia Pops are often found cavorting in other musical clubs and programs as well, such as
- Music Performance Program
- Columbia University Orchestra
- Columbia-Julliard Exchange
- Wind Ensemble
- Varsity Show
- String Theory (now extinct)