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The Unfolding Of A Musical Vision

Meet The Indian River POPS Orchestra

The Indian River POPS Orchestra Of Palm Beach County Under The Direction Of Dr. Douglas P. Jewett


The Indian River POPS Orchestra is one of South Florida's well-known and respected performing arts organization. Founded in 1999 as a part-time orchestra in a city of fewer than one million residents, The Orchestra has grown to be one of the finest major orchestras in South Florida, serving more than 100,000 people throughout the Palm Beaches. The Orchestra currently has 50 dedicated musicians on the roster, and is led by Music Director Dr. Douglas P. Jewett. The orchestra is a cultural centerpiece of Palm Beach Gardens, helping to introduce our communities to the finest pieces of symphonic and popular music literature.

The mission of The Indian River POPS Orchestra is to provide the joy of music as a catalyst in helping to present familiar classic programs as well as rarely performed, and new orchestral repertoire. Our goal is to bring together musicians and audiences for professional, affordable, and accessible concert experiences. We accomplish this mission by creating high quality music experiences to feed the souls of South Florida residents, to bolster the cultural economy and to educate and strengthen our next generation resulting in a community that embraces and appreciates the arts. Ultimately, we are working to educate, inspire and entertain the members of our communities.

Each season, The Orchestra offers affordable and inspiring concerts of Classics and Pops, one-of-a-kind specials and dynamic family-oriented performances. During the season we present around 8-10 concerts at the Palm Beach State College Eissey Campus Theatre Concert Hall in Palm Beach Gardens. The season is designed to present a wide range of music to suit many tastes and preferences. We normally conclude our season with an end-of-summer free outdoor concerts at the Mizner Park Amphiteather in Boca Raton, Florida.


Maestro Douglas P. Jewett

Dr. Douglas P. Jewett

Dr. Douglas Jewett brings 38 years of conducting experience in front of choirs and orchestras. Jewett has a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting and a Doctorate in Education. A resident of south Florida since 2001, his roots run deep in Tennessee soil. As the season unfolds, he is excited about the future of the Pops and what he will learn from the musicians and what they will accomplish together.

He received his Ed.D. doctoral degree from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona. in June of 2013.

Music is a constant in Doug’s life. He grew up singing, he holds a BA in Music Theory, a MA in Choral Conducting and an Ed.D in Organizational Management. He works in music ministry, he sings with The CenturyMen, he teaches singing, and since 2003 serves as the founder and artistic director for the only community chorus on the Treasure Coast.

Since taking the baton in August, 2018, Jewett has propelled the Orchestra to a new level of musical achievement, with an expanded repertoire and local premieres of works by established and emerging composers. Jewett and the orchestra continue to shared the stage with renowned guest artists including renown pianist Copeland Davis and celebrated actor/singer Lorrianna Colozzo. The Orchestra’s growing popularity in Palm Beach has ignited ticket sales and established Jewett as a cultural leader in the community.

Dr. Douglas Jewett has earned a reputation as one of Florida's foremost pops conductors and is recognized for his original programming and rapport with audiences. Maestro Jewett continues to win the hearts of musicians and patrons alike with his charismatic and dynamic style.

Founder & Conductor Owen Seward Jr.

Maestro Owen E. Seward Jr. was the founding music director and conductor of the Indian River POPS Orchestra. Sadly, maestro Owens fell ill with cancer and as a result passed away in 201.

Originally from Michigan, Mr. Seward studied music at Michigan State University, and earned a master's degree in music from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. Over the past 40 years, he conducted wind bands and orchestras and taught music throughout the Midwest, New England and Florida regions.

A self-proclaimed "Sousaphile," Seward studied the life and works of John Philip Sousa, and each year brought the famous bandmaster to life for audiences of the Palm Beaches with their annual authentic Sousa concerts.

A percussionist, Owen Seward served as Adjunct Professor of Percussion Studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University for 12 years. He was an avid advocate for "community music" and was involved with the development of a number of music organization throughout the South Florida region.