The Mt. Hood Pops Orchestra
Dedicated to enriching the community through music

History of the Orchestra

The Mt. Hood Pops Orchestra was founded in 1983, as a non-profit 501 (C-3) community organization. At that time, it became independent of Mt. Hood Community College, where the orchestra had originated. Although the orchestra still rehearses and performs at Mt. Hood Community College, all expenses are met through the efforts of orchestra members, friends and the Board of Directors.

Players in the Mt. Hood Pops come from all walks of life and are of all ages. They have in common a love for music as well as the ability to play their instrument competently. The orchestra performs at least four concerts per year on Sunday afternoons.

Our programs are designed to appeal to families and individuals who enjoy listening to a mix of traditional pops and symphonic repertoire.

About The Community

The presence of a symphonic orchestra enhances the livability of any community. It is the desire of the Mt. Hood Pops Board and players to make East Multnomah County more desirable by making live orchestral music available locally. The Pops and its members are also pleased to participate in a variety of community events.

Supporting the Orchestra

Even though much of the labor of running an orchestra is donated, the financial support from members and friends enables the Mt. Hood Pops to pay for expenses. These include our educational programs, our music, our conductor's salary, soloists, stage technicians, hall rental, professional affiliations, office rental, printed programs, brochures, postage and publicity, to name a few. Ticket sales normally only cover from one-fourth to one-third of the costs of running an orchestra. Get the order form here.

Endowment Fund

In addition to gifts for our general fund, the Pops also maintains an endowment fund, which helps to maintain the stability of the orchestra during times of financial need. The actual principle of an endowment fund by law may not be spent, but the interest is expected to be used to support the efforts of the organization. Thanks to many of our friends, and a generous bequest from a supporter, the Pops continues to build its endowment fund. Donors to this fund receive perpetual naming in our program, and those who give $100 or more, even over time, receive an attractive lapel pin designating them as a member of the "Mt. Hood Pops Endowment Club."


In an effort to support the learning of string instruments, the Pops proudly supports "KidStrings" as a low cost learning opportunity for beginning string players of all ages – unfortunately, we are currently unable to offer classes, as we currently do not have instructors available. For more information about this program, or to volunteer your services as an instructor, please call the Pops Office at 503-667-1937.


Another educational project of the Pops involves offering scholarships to qualified string students who rehearse and perform with the orchestra. Often supported by corporate sponsors, the scholarship helps enrich the musical experience of both the orchestra and the students. We have a maximum of ten scholarships per year.

Youth Soloist Competition

For over ten years, the Pops has featured a solo competition for high school students who live east of 82nd Avenue in Portland. Two young people are selected by a panel of orchestra musicians to perform their solos with the ensemble at its Spring concert. This competition has had an excellent response over the years. Get the application here.

Limited Edition Prints and Note cards

For several years, the Mt. Hood Pops has offered signed and numbered watercolor art prints and matching note cards by area artists as part of its fund raising efforts. We appreciate supporting the larger arts community through this effort, along with helping ourselves. We have copies of several past years' issues along with a variety of note cards.

Pops Ensemble Players

Some of our musicians make themselves available to play in small groups for various events in the community, both as a public relations outreach and as a fund raiser for the orchestra. Receptions, weddings, and parties often use our services. For information on ensembles to play for your special occasion, please call Marilyn Pierik at 503-669-1937.

Help Wanted

The Mt. Hood Pops needs some reinforcement in the areas of fund raising and/or marketing, and is seeking a talented individual or two to work on fund-raising for the orchestra. The position would be strictly part time, requiring a maximum (to start) of ten hours a month, and could be an ideal internship for one or more college students. Tasks may include, but not be limited to, seeking corporate grants and increasing program sponsors, as well as seeking donations within or outside of our community. For more information, please call 503-669-1937 or contact us through our website.