Education for Young Musicians

Performing in the Pops Orchestra

An opportunity for exceptional young musicians

For 48 years the Pops Orchestra has been performing for the greater Sarasota and Bradenton communities but you may not be aware of the Orchestra’s support of young musicians. Each season, several promising young musicians perform as members of the orchestra and gain valuable experience and mentoring from section leaders and its conductor. 


Robyn and little girl
Camping with the Pops clarinets

What students have to say about Camping with the Pops

It was awesome!              It was fun!

I’m a better musician because of camp.

Camp was great!

Fantastic instruction!


The 2024 Camping with the Pops Summer Music Program is slated to run July 8 through July 12 with a full week of chamber music coaching and rehearsing culminating in finale Kconcert open to the public.  CLICK HERE for 2024 Camp details.

We started Camping With the Pops in 2018 to provide high school and college instrumental music students the opportunity to continue their musical development during the summer.

Last year, over 60 students, coached by musicians from the Pops Orchestra and music educators, participated in a week-long camp performing in ensembles that included a string ensemble, a woodwind ensemble, low brass ensemble, a saxophone choir, a percussion ensemble, and a jazz band. The week concluded with a stirring student recital open to the public.

The camp was sponsored by The Hecht Foundation and hosted by the State College of Florida.

The Pops!

“Music You Love,

Musicians You Know.”

Robyn Bell and The Pops

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