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Daniel F. Southerland

Music Director, Principal Conductor

Stephen L. Larson

Associate Conductor

John Gorecki


Debra Larson

Board President

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.

2015 Composition Contest

Attention composers!  UPO invites you to enter your piece in our 2015 Composition Contest.  The winning two pieces (junior and senior divisions) will have their pieces peremiered at the June 2015 UPO concert, as well as feedback for all entries from a panel of experienced composers. 

Deadline for entries:

January 31, 2015

For details and guidelines on your submission, please see the entire Composition Contest Rules.


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The Urbana Pops Orchestra is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  This means your donations are tax-exempt!  Please read more on how to donate to the UPO and support its mission.



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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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