The Athenaeum Pops Orchestra (APO) began in 1870 and has continued to flourish. In 1986, it started to give back to the community by performing for various retirement facilities. The APO has performed at the Arts Garden and Garfield Park. All concerts are free to the public. Most APO programs have a blend of Classical, Jazz, Ethnic and Popular music. Because the APO feel that information is also a very important element to any concert, the conductor establishes a relationship with the audience through humor and interesting musical information. This is a key element to the success of APO concerts.
All the players in the orchestra are volunteers. Some of the members have been in the orchestra since the 1970’s! Current APO players range from senior citizens to high school students. The orchestra strongly believes in mentoring the young players of the future.
The APO's mission is to make music for the enrichment, education, and enjoyment of Indianapolis-area audiences with an emphasis on diverse and under-served populations. The APO provides educational and performance opportunities for qualified members, and preserves the musical and cultural heritage of the Athenaeum and its surrounding communities.