As a brand-new, nonprofit orchestra, offering all virtual content for free, the Firebird Pops Orchestra relies entirely on the financial support of audience members like you.  Thank you for considering a gift to sustain the orchestra’s operations. 

Firebird Pops Orchestra is a division of Firebird Music Ensembles, Inc, an exempt nonprofit organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. (EIN: 85-2913497). Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Supporting the Orchestra

As a start-up orchestra, the Firebird Pops is in need of your support to sustain and evolve our operations!  We’re very thankful for any donation – even the smallest.  Every dollar counts and helps us mature the orchestra as we strive to continue to unite amateur and professional musicians to bring high-quality pops performances to the community.

Tax Deductions

We are an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  As such, your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Please retain your receipt for your records.

Other Ways to Support

We recognize that not everyone who wishes to support the orchestra is able to do so with a monetary donation.  Other (and just as important) ways you can support us include:

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Thank You

However you choose to contribute, and in whatever amount, we sincerely thank you for your support.  Every contribution is incredibly important to the orchestra’s mission and operations and we couldn’t do it without you!

Firebird Pops Orchestra is a division of Firebird Music Ensembles, Inc, a nonprofit corporation intending to file for 501(c)(3) tax exemption. (EIN: 85-2913497). WE ARE NOT YET A TAX-EXEMPT ORGANIZATION, and therefore, donations are not currently tax deductible. At such a time as we are granted tax-exempt status, donations will likely be retroactively deductible. No goods or services are exchanged or provided for this donation.

About the Music Director

Brendan J. Kenney, Founder/Music Director

Brendan J. Kenney (FPO Founder/Music Director) is a music director, conductor, and accompanist in the Greater Boston area with fifteen years’ experience, primarily in Musical Theatre. Brendan’s love of conducting surfaced in High School, particularly when he opted not to walk with his graduating class so he could “guest conduct” the wind ensemble’s performance of Pomp & Circumstance. Since then, he has had dozens of productions under his baton at educational, community, and community children’s levels – and had the honor of conducting the centennial season opener for The Concord Players in November, 2019.

In 2010, Brendan founded the “Call for Pit Orchestra Musicians” initiative to help raise awareness of the importance of budgeting for and utilizing the full orchestration for Musical Theatre. To date, the flagship Boston branch has over 3500 members with additional branches launched across the country and in Canada. The CFPOM initiative was also born of Brendan’s desire to start a summer/holiday community Pops orchestra, and the Firebird Pops is the result – ten years later!

For almost a decade, Brendan was a full-time Organist/Cantor/Choir Director for Catholic Churches, with a particular concentration on the Traditional Latin Mass and Gregorian Chant/Renaissance Polyphony. Between his church career and musical theatre career, he could be found playing, analyzing, coaching, and conducting music across the span of thousands of years in a single day. Despite a recent career change, he still occasionally substitutes as a cantor or organist alongside his full-time job as a web developer for a tech corporation headquartered in the Seaport District of Boston.

Outside of music direction and conducting, Brendan has been seen on stage in “The Secret Garden” (Captain Albert Lennox), “Grey Gardens” (Gould), and “Songs for a New World” (Man 2), as well as making guest appearances with the “MIT Artists Beyond the Desk” program. He studies voice with Kim Lamoureux out of Middleton, MA and competed in the 2019 NATS Adult Musical Theatre division with high marks.

    Our Leadership

    Brendan J. Kenney, President/Executive Director
    Tom Cox, Treasurer
    Jeri Sykes, Secretary