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Columbia Pops

Columbia Pops plays a diverse repertoire including film and television scores, Broadway hits, jazz tunes, popular classical works, video game soundtracks, and more! All orchestral and chamber arrangements are student-arranged by our very own members.


The Pops Orchestra holds weekly rehearsals in preparation for two concerts that are held at the end of each semester.

Many of our members are also involved in Pops Chamber Groups, which organize their own jam sessions and/or rehearsals. Some of our chamber groups represent the Columbia Pops community at a multitude of campus events such as Days on Campus by performing their chamber arrangements in front of the larger Columbia community.

Auditions are held at the beginning of each academic semester. Follow our socials to stay updated about when auditions open. Please come prepared with a short solo piece (classical or non-classical) that shows off the best of your talents (2-3 min). You will also be asked to sight-read a brief excerpt from our previous concert repertoire. We will then conclude with an informal interview to get to know you better. The whole process is quick and easy, we promise!

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