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Welcome to UrbanaPops.org!  The Urbana Pops Orchestra is a collection of Central Illinois musicians working to bring high-quality orchestral music to Urbana, Illinois and its surrounding communities while providing an opportunity for students to play with the finest professionals.

Audition for our 2014 Summer Season!

Professional orchestral musicians and student interns are invited to audition for our upcoming concert season!

Students, you will get the chance to play exciting repertoire, gain professional experience, and improve your playing skills!  You will sit next to some of the finest musicians in Central Illinois.

More information on AUDITIONS


UPO Free Recital Series

Please join us for one or all 5 recitals featuring UPO professional and student musicians!

Sunday, Jan. 12 - Nathaniel Geiger, trombone

Sunday, Feb. 9 - Karen DeBauche, clarinet

Sunday, May 9 - Ai Yamaguchi, flute

Sunday, April 13 - Lydia Tang, viola

Saturday, May 17 - Sara Sasaki, violin

All recitals start at 2:00 PM at the

Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St.

Thanks to the Urbana Free Library for co-sponsoring these recitals!

2014 Composition Contest

Young composers are encouraged to submit their works for the 2013 UPO Composition Contest AMERICANA: Music from the Heartland.

Senior Division - 19 to 35 years of age

Junior Division - 18 or under

Composers must be living in or full-time students in East Central Illinois.  The winner will have their work performed at a concert during the UPO's 2014 summer season.

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About the Urbana Pops

We are a locally-grown, 65-piece ensemble composed of music educators, college music majors, and seasoned community musicians sharing their stands with talented youth musicians.  Our goal is to bring high-quality, popular orchestral music to the community at little or no cost and to nurture talented young musicians.  Read more about UPO



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