The Spirit of Pops Award was launched in 2017 to connect alumni with orchestra members in a fun and meaningful project. Then MPO Executive Director, Grace Cravens and the Executive Board nominated three orchestra members whom they felt best embodied the Pops Spirit, and a select group of alumni voted on the first recipient. On April 2, 2017, Rachel Woods was honored as the inaugural Spirit of Pops Award Winner. All nominees continue to be honored on this site, and we plan to recognize outstanding Popsicles each and every year.