The Vancouver Pops Orchestra invites students to participate

Union Ridge Elementary students sat on the floor in the large gym, staring wide-eyed at the Vancouver Pops Orchestra. They weren’t quite sure what to expect from the people seated behind the music stands, instruments at the ready. But from the very first note, students were enthralled with the music. Heads started to bob and little feet tapped to the beat.

The Vancouver Pops Orchestra holds concerts at elementary schools throughout the region, so they know their audience well. They play exciting pieces that are familiar to students, like holiday songs or movie themes, and use them to teach students about music and instruments. With a focus on sharing the joy of music, the Vancouver Pops perform other public concerts during the year as well, with lively performances for all ages. 

Second grade teacher Ellen Ferrin received a grant from the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation to bring the orchestra to Union Ridge. “I’ve had the Vancouver Pops come twice before,” she shared. “They’re great!” 

It was a welcome return to the school for the Vancouver Pops. Ferrin was grateful to have them back, and the students certainly agreed. For some, it was their first chance to see a live orchestra, and they clearly enjoyed the performance, applauding wildly after each song. Many thanks to the Vancouver Pops Orchestra for sharing their music—and for helping to inspire a love of music in a new generation. 

The Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation is proud to promote learning opportunities for the entire school district through its grants. To learn more about the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation or to donate, visit