The Ontario Pops Orchestra (OPO) is a Toronto-based professional classical and popular music orchestra that provides musicians with performance and professional development opportunities. OPO is invested in fostering musicianship in a positive, inclusive and supportive environment by highlighting the work of women and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) composers and instrumentalists.
The Ontario Pops seeks to enrich the lives of local musicians through professional leadership, performance opportunities and carefully-selected repertoire, fostering musicianship in a positive and supportive environment. By sharing popular, light classical and other symphonic music with Ontario communities, we hope to engage a large and diverse audience with high-quality music of broad, inspirational appeal, and educational value. Informed by the pandemic and the widespread global social unrest, our new organizational mandate seeks to highlight the work of women and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) composers and instrumentalists. Our goals include to give more performance opportunities to artists that come from these communities and who historically have faced many inequities and barriers when pursuing a professional artistic practice in Canada. The programming of our 2021-22 season will launch our new mission and mandate with a newly reconfigured orchestra that will feature 13 professional core musicians, with extra hires based on repertoire for special projects. Our 2021-22 programming will feature three black soloists as a direct response and in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the amplification of black voices in the arts.
Vision and Goals:
Mission: The mission of the Ontario Pops Orchestra is to enrich the lives
of women and BIPOC musicians and to connect to new audiences through the performance of light classical and popular music.
Vision: Meaningful experience for musicians. Engaging music for all.