Auditions for our summer concerts are open. We have seats available for both professional and student musicians. 

Student musicians

  • Students are instrumentalists from 6th through 12th grade.
  • A May 2017 graduation from high school counts as 12th grade.
  • Attendance at all rehearsals and performances is required in order to play for the Urbana Pops Orchestra.
  • Upon admittance into the group, your parent or guardian will be mailed a packet containing rehearsal information and a contract to be returned prior to the first rehearsal.
  • Auditions are online-only. We do not have in-person auditions for students. 
  • For your your audition, video yourself performing two contrasting etudes on your instrument. The ILMEA audition material, or an excerpt from a contest piece are good places to start. 
  • Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo, and provide a link on the audition form (below).
  • PRIVACY: Your audition video will not be shared with anyone other than the audition committee. We recommend that you make your video viewable only by those with the link.

To submit a student audition, please use the following form.  Contact our Staff Coordinator at with any problems.  Thanks for your interest in auditioning for the UPO!

Name *
Parent or Guardian's mailing address *
Parent or Guardian's mailing address
Parent or Guardian's phone number *
Parent or Guardian's phone number
Are you available for the following rehearsals? June 5, 6, 7, 8, 9(7-9:30pm), July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 *
Are you available for the following performances? June 10 (6-10pm), July 15 (6-10pm) *


Professional musicians

If you are interested in a professional seat with the Urbana Pops Orchestra, please email our Staff Coordinator Chris Petterson at