Musicians can send a YouTube video audition for Urbana Pops

Musicians can send a YouTube video audition for Urbana Pops

URBANA — Area musicians may audition for the Urbana Pops Orchestra in the comfort of their own homes — by uploading a video audition to YouTube.

"The musicians can record as many takes as they want until they get a take that they're happy with," associate conductor Stephen Larson said in a news release. "And they don't have to be somewhere at 2:20 on a weekend for a 10-minute audition slot. They can do it on their own time."

Local musicians who are attending college elsewhere also benefit by not having to travel to Champaign-Urbana for the audition, he said.

Recording on YouTube also takes the fear component out of the audition process, Larson said.

"For some students, and maybe even some adult musicians, the fear of playing a solo may be great enough to discourage them from auditioning," he said. "We hope this will take the stress out and encourage more people to try out to play with Urbana Pops."

High school and middle school students who are ready to play a more challenging repertoire are encouraged to audition; one of the orchestra's missions is to provide educational experience to talented youth musicians.

Musicians are asked to record themselves playing two contrasting pieces, upload the video to YouTube and then email on or before April 15 a link to the video to the orchestra's personnel manager, Nathaniel Geiger, at

Entering its fourth season, the Urbana Pops Orchestra has scheduled concerts for the evenings of June 8 and July 6 in the newly renovated Urbana High School auditorium. The rehearsals will be on three evenings in the week prior to each concert.

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