Biography and History

Peterborough Pop Ensemble Biography 

The Peterborough Pop Ensemble, under its founding director Barbara Monahan, has been performing throughout Peterborough and the surrounding area since 2000. 

The Pop Ensemble strives to present the highest level of musical excellence while creating wonderful concert experiences for its audiences. With a diverse musical style and an obvious love of singing, the Pop Ensemble has developed a remarkable reputation for its musical interpretations of a broad spectrum of music, including jazz, pop, Broadway and gospel. Described as energetic and infectious, the Peterborough Pop Ensemble celebrates music and the way it can inspire and unite us all.

The Peterborough Pop Ensemble believes in the importance of supporting local charities and the community, and the Pop Ensemble proudly participates in many local events. In June 2012 the Pop Ensemble was awarded a Civic Award for Community Betterment and has been named Peterborough’s “musical ambassadors”. 

For more information about the Peterborough Pop Ensemble please visit, or contact the Pop Ensemble office at 705-740-6052. 



The Peterborough Pop Ensemble first began in the spring of 2000 under the name The Peterborough Singers Pop Ensemble.   The group was created to perform a few popular songs at the Valentine’s Concert for our local award-winning chorus The Peterborough Singers.  Barbara Monahan was asked to direct because of her love of “pop” music, and her ability to create a casual, relaxed performance atmosphere. With Barb at the piano, watching the ensemble perform was like being invited into their living room to enjoy an intimate concert.  The audience’s response was so enthusiastic that the members of this small group decided to keep the group together.   Several performance opportunities followed in the fall and, as they  say, the rest is history.

In 2008 the Pop Ensemble made the decision to forge ahead on their own and officially becoming the Peterborough Pop Ensemble as of January 1, 2009.  Many talented vocalists have come and gone through the years; each has enriched the development and musical performances of this diverse vocal ensemble.