Conductor Steven Reineke has been named music director of The New York Pops, the nation's largest independent pops orchestra specializing in popular music.

Reineke is an established symphonic composer and associate conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. His new job begins Oct. 1, 2009.

He succeeds New York Pops founder and former NBC music director Skitch Henderson, who died in 2005.

Reineke is a native of Tipp City, Ohio. He conducted the New York Pops' 25th birthday gala at Carnegie Hall earlier this year, and will lead the orchestra in the annual telecast of the 2009 Macy's July 4 fireworks on NBC.

The New York Pops was founded in 1983 to create greater public appreciation of America's rich musical heritage.