Press Release • September 7, 2016

Philadelphia, PA (September 7, 2016) — After several years of growth and financial success, the Philly POPS has made a significant investment in its programming, production, and contributed revenue departments with new hires, as well as promotions in the education and communications departments.

New hires:

  • On September 6, Jeth Mill assumed the role of Senior Director of Programs and Production. Jeth brings three decades of orchestra management experience to the expanding POPS organization. He has served as Executive Director of orchestras throughout North America, including Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Symphony, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. He also was responsible for the Pops Series at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Jeth is an accomplished leader in programming, artistic administration, concert production, strategic planning and program development. He is a graduate of Ohio University and studied Business Administration and Leadership Skills at Penn State University.

“I’m excited to join the Philly POPS and look forward to working with Music Director Michael Krajewski and the orchestra to create some amazing programs,” Mill said.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Jeth to the Philly POPS,” said Frank Giordano, President and CEO of the Philly POPS. “His wealth of experience and knowledge will take our growing orchestra to the next level, especially when it comes to our innovative programming.”

  • Contributed Revenue Coordinator Joseph Croft comes to the POPS after a Development Apprenticeship in Institutional Giving at the Walnut Street Theatre and a position in Membership at the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Joseph is a graduate of Keystone College. He joined the POPS in July.
  • Program Associate Keith Obaza joined the POPS in July. An accomplished audio engineer, Keith has worked throughout the Philadelphia region, including at Greater Media (WMGK 102.9 FM, WMMR 93.3 FM, WBEN 95.7 FM, WPEN-FM 97.5 FM), WHYY, and WXPN. He is also the Sound Engineer at the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County. Keith is a graduate of Temple University.


  • Jason Ward, who started with the POPS in February 2015, has been promoted to Senior Manager of Engagement. He’s led the POPS’ education initiative from the conceptual stage to a model program for arts organizations nationwide, manages the Annual Fund, Foundation and Government Support, and Corporate Sponsorship, and provides Front-of-House management all performances. Previously, Jason worked at the League of American Orchestras, Lincoln Center and InterIochen Center for the Arts.
  • Sarah Maiellano, who started with the POPS in August 2015, has been promoted to Assistant Director of Communications. She is responsible for all media relations, social media and writing of public-facing material. Previously, she worked at the National Restaurant Association and in public relations in Washington, D.C. Sarah is also a successful freelance writer covering travel and food.

About The Philly POPS

The Philly POPS, the largest standalone pops orchestra in the United States, delights audiences with the inspired performance of American popular music. The POPS celebrates this distinctive musical heritage through an expanding repertoire of innovative concert presentations and a robust set of educational and engagement initiatives.

Now in its 38th season, the official POPS orchestra of Pennsylvania serves a consistently growing audience of over 100,000 annually. Music Director Michael Krajewski and the 65-peice Philly POPS orchestra keeps listeners tapping their toes to an impressive repertoire of songs from American traditions of music up through today’s chart toppers.

 Outside the concert hall, Salute Series performances – including POPS on Independence on July 3 and the I’ll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders – celebrate the American tradition of service around important national holidays; POPS in Schools enhances music education for Philadelphia School District students; and POPS Outside brings POPS music to local communities.

The Philly POPS performs as a founding resident company of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and at venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region.