About SPYO

The St. Patrick’s Youth Orchestra was founded March 2013 to create an inclusive, supportive community of Champaign-Urbana musicians. SPYO is an orchestra for 7th-12th grade students who are passionate about playing orchestral music. SPYO is the only youth orchestra in the area that is entirely run by students.

Currently, the orchestra features students from Urbana, Centennial, Central, and University High Schools. It also includes members from  Edison, Franklin, Urbana, and Holy Cross Middle Schools.


SPYO Pic march 2019.jpg

Recent Events:

Thank you to everyone who came to our most recent concert, A Night of Beautiful Dance Music! Music selections included: Delibes’ Flower Duet from his Lakmé, featuring guest vocalist, Ingrid Kammin, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Waltz, and selections from the Nutcracker. Spring 2019 Poster

Upcoming Events:

It’s time to get ready for our summer concert, “A Night at the Movies,” featuring music from Harry Potter, Phantom of the Opera, and The Pink Panther!

May 22 at 7:00 pm in Trinity Hall at St. Patrick’s:  Student and Parent/Guardian Meeting.  We will be handing out music, collecting information, and discussing safe environment training for adult volunteers.  We will also be going over details of the rehearsals and the concert.

June 15 6:30 – 8:00 pm in Trinity Hall at St. Patrick’s:  First rehearsal.  Rehearsals will be 6:30-8 pm at St. Pat’s every Saturday until the week before the concert.   Dress rehearsals will be August 12, 15, and 16.

August 17 at 7:30 pm at St. Patrick’s Church:  Summer Concert, “A Night at the Movies”

For more information, email stpatsyouthorchestra@gmail.com or find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/stpatricksyouthorchestra or Instagram @SPYO4.




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SPYO is a youth orchestra for students in grades 7 through 12. It is entirely student run.