2018 Composition Contest

Composers of any age are invited to submit works to our 2018 Composition Contest!  Two winners, one in the senior (over 18) and one in the junior (18 or under) division will be selected and have their works performed by the UPO this summer.

If you are a composer interested in entering, please see the Contest Rules - good luck and thank you for your interest!

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Recital Series

September 10 - UPO Wind Quintet

October 8 - Kirsten Landowne, cello

February 11 - Tamra Gingold, violin

(with Urbana High School students)

March 11 - Jancie Philippus, horn

April 15 - Bridget Olenik, percussion


FREE ADMISSION - Sundays at 2:00 pm at the Urbana Free Library

2017 Orchestra Members

Daniel F. Southerland, Principal Conductor

Stephen L. Larson,  Associate Conductor

Violin I

Aaron Jacobs,
    Guest Concertmaster
Dante Freund°
Erika Zelada
Johnny Lusardi
Noah Larson
Armine Mortimer
Gabriela Chavez
Yipu Wang

Violin II

Tamra Gingold, Principal
Collin Jung°
Maria Del Toro
Aurora Ditzler°
Tianming You
John Mulanda°
Shelly Stearns

Robin Kearton, Principal
Isaac Henry°
Elizabeth Atkinson°
Rhiannon Cosper°
Annika Downey
Andrehyu Allen°

Kirsten Landowne, Principal
Anna Lubienski°
Jordan Gunn
Kelda Habing
Sara Carrillo
Kristen Johns
Jenny Johnson
Chris Petterson

Double Bass
Margaret Briskin, Principal
Rebecca Owen°
Guilherme Zils
Amari Broughton°
Pascal Youakim

Ai Yamaguchi, Principal
Tori Lupinek
Lizzy O’Brien, Piccolo

Evan Tammen, Principal
Angela Tammen, English Horn

Karen DeBauche, Principal
Evelyn Tunison
Marcus Moone°, Bass

Annie Lyle Mason, Guest Principal
Carlos Garcia

Jancie Philippus, Principal
Kizzie Cobden
Jon Morawski
Nick Tipsword
Annemarie Michael°


Keven Lewis, Guest Principal
Robert Sears
Justine Kerscher
Max Ando°

Peter Tijerina, Principal
Matt Granger
Nick Wurl, Bass 

Douglas Olenik, Principal

Bridget Olenik, Principal

Ryan Pearson, Principal
Stephen Busath
Luke Davis
Mary Watson
Jonathan Larson

Katherine Denler, Principal

John Gorecki

° Student Interns


Urbana Pops Orchestra wouldn't be here without the generous support of our Pops Stars - patrons like you who donate to the group!  Please consider becoming a Pops Star and helping to advance our mission.  

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About the Pops

Urbana Pops Orchestra is a locally grown ensemble of music educators, college music majors, and seasoned community musicians sharing their music stands with talented youth musicians who audition for a unique music-making opportunity.  Urbana Pops' goal is to bring high-quality, popular orchestral music to the community at little or no cost and to nurture talented young musicians.


Artistic Staff

Daniel F. Southerland, Principal Conductor

Stephen L. Larson, Associate Conductor

Chris Petterson, Staff Coordinator

Chris Raymond, Deputy Staff Coordinator/Orchestra Affair

Nick Tipsword, Social Media

John Gorecki, Music Librarian