One of three stand-alone pops orchestras in the United States, The Philly Pops was founded in 1979 under the musical leadership of pianist and conductor Peter Nero. POPS concerts run the gamut from great classics to jazz improvisation, big band to Broadway hits, ragtime to rock 'n' roll. Maestro Michael Krajewski, with wry humor and warm heart for his audiences, has been Musical Director since 2013. Guest artists, both established stars as well as outstanding new vocalists from Broadway and the concert stage, join The POPS each season. The Voices of The POPS, the resident vocal group, has become a member of the Philly Pops family as well. Encore Series, Inc. presents The Philly Pops, which is the Official Pops Orchestra of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a significant part of Philadelphia's cultural scene.