Local musicians created the Prescott Pops Symphony in 1992 with a mission to provide opportunities for the performance of light-hearted orchestral music during the summer months. It was first incorporated as a non-profit organization in May of 1996 as the “Prescott Summer Pops Symphony” led by Conductor Emeritus, Paul Manz.
Over the years, attendance and ticket sales for Pops concerts tripled. In response to this popular demand, the Pops dropped “Summer” from its name and became the “Prescott Pops Symphony” in 2007. Adding to the summer performances, the Symphony grew to support five major productions throughout the year, including two annual concerts featuring a full chorus and renowned soloists.
During its 30-year tenure, the Pops has performed over 150 concerts for appreciative Yavapai area audiences. The Symphony performers range from 50 to 80 local instrumentalists and 40 to 60 vocalists at various concerts, plus local guest soloists and conductors. Membership often includes from youth participants from area intermediate and high schools, engaging with the Symphony’s mission to support young musicians in the area.
Prescott Pops Symphony continues to bring our community a fabulous assortment of musical genres and talent-filled performances making it one of the Arizona's more popular groups.