About the Pops

About the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra

Summer, 2013 Pops Orchestra concert at Lake Harriet

Summer, 2013 Pops Orchestra concert at Lake Harriet

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.’ 2016 marks Maestro Lantz’ thirtieth season with the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra.

Board of Directors

Cynthia Stokes – President
Lynn Erickson – Vice President
Richard Gaynor – Secretary
William Goldman – Treasurer
Thomas Austin
Mark Bjork
Michael Coddington
John Gray
Shelley Hanson
Mark Kausch
Kathleen Kresge
Jere Lantz
Martha Stutsman
Barbara Thomas
Arnold Walker
Richard J. Wildberger

Jere Lantz, Music Director
Mark Anderson, Librarian
Connie Martin, Grant Writer
Lucia Magney, Executive Director
Mike Peiffer, Operations Manager