About the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra
The Minneapolis Pops Orchestra consists of 45 professional musicians. Musicians are chosen by Music Director Jere Lantz and Personnel Manager Cynthia Stokes from among the finest freelance musicians and members of full-time performing groups in the area.
Pops musicians can also be heard playing with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and many other distinguished Twin Cities musical groups during the winter months.
Orchestra leadership is provided by Music Director Jere Lantz who has a distinguished national reputation as both an orchestral and choral conductor. Maestro Lantz serves as conductor and host for Minneapolis Pops Orchestra concerts and is well known for his ability to communicate the ‘story behind the music.’ 2018 marks Maestro Lantz’ thirty-second season with the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra.
Board of Directors
Cynthia Stokes – President
Lynn Erickson – Vice President
Richard Gaynor – Secretary
William Goldman – Treasurer
Richard J. Wildberger
Jere Lantz, Music Director
Mark Anderson, Librarian
Connie Martin, Grant Writer
Lucia Magney, Executive Director
Mike Peiffer, Operations Manager