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Daniel F. Southerland

Music Director, Principal Conductor

Stephen L. Larson

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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.

ILMEA Practice for String Players

Calling all string players auditioning for ILMEA!  The Urbana Pops Orchestra offers a free practice session open to all area string students on Sunday, October 5 from 1 to 3:30 PM.  The event will be led by UPO musicians and Louis Bergonzi, Professor of Conducting and Music Education at the University of Illinois.  It will be held at Urbana Middle School, 1021 S. Vine in Urbana.

The event is free, but registration is requested.  Register online or email john@urbanapops.org.


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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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