Our History

In 1926, a group of area physicians formed the Akron Doctor’s Orchestra so they could share their musical talent with the community. Over time, musicians from all walks of life joined the orchestra diversifying its membership. Consequently, in 1986 the orchestra’s name was changed to the Akron Pops Orchestra — a name which is well-respected throughout the greater Akron area.

Our Mission: Volunteer musicians dedicated to providing enjoyment to our community by sharing the gift of music.


The Akron Pops Orchestra had a wonderful evening playing a concert at The Briarwood recently. ...

The Briarwood family would like to Thank the Akron POPS Orchestra and Tridia Hospice for a wonderful evening of music, fun and friendship!

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Who wants to enjoy a free concert on Cinco de Mayo?? We certainly hope that you do--and that you will also bring a guest to enjoy the Akron Pops Orchestra when we perform on Thursday May 5th!!

The public is welcome to hear the orchestra perform a free concert at: The Briarwood, 3700 Englewood Dr., Stow, OH 44224 at 7:15 p.m. Thursday May 5, 2016.

Musical selections will include:
Thunder and Lightening Polka, by Johann Strauss
A Tribute to Henry Mancini
Hungarian Dance No 1, by Johannes Brahms
The King and I, by Richard Rodgers
Themes from the Sorcerer's Apprentice
Salute to the Big Apple
Colonel Bogey March

Funding for this concert is generously provided by Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care.

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Please join the Akron Pops Orchestra this weekend for a free concert on Sunday April 17, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. The concert will be held at Rockynol Retirement Community, 1150 W. Market St., Akron, OH 44313 in the 3rd floor auditorium.

The public is welcome to attend this free concert. Park and enter from the Exchange St. side of the building, not W. Market St., and take the elevator to the 3rd floor. There is plenty of parking available and room to invite additional guests.

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Wonderful benefits we gain from playing a musical instrument. ...

A look at the neurological wonders behind playing a musical instrument: ow.ly/SDkts

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This coming week you will have not one, but two opportunities to enjoy a free concert presented by the Akron Pops Orchestra!

The public is invited to hear the Pops Sunday afternoon March 13, 2016 from 3 - 4 p.m. when the orchestra will perform a free concert in the gymnasium at Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation located at 330 Broadway St., East in Cuyahoga Falls. There is plenty of seating available, so please invite guests.

Thursday evening March 17, 2016 from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. join the Akron Pops Orchestra for our free annual Spring concert in the 3rd floor Newell Theater at Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave. in Cuyahoga Falls. (This concert is sponsored by the Cuyahoga Falls Park and Recreation Department.)

The orchestra will end both these concerts with a rousing rendition of "The Lord of the Dance, Cry of the Celts".

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