Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra

SVCO Musicians

Play With Us!

Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra is a full orchestra for adults in Springfield and surrounding communities. The orchestra plays a wide variety of literature in three concerts per season. Membership in the ensemble is through audition with the Music Director.

The orchestra is conducted by the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony Music Director. All music, stands, and percussion equipment are provided.

Season Highlights

Concerts in Fall, Winter, and Spring!

Fun and great music-making all season!

See our Season-at-a-Glance page for details →

How To Join


Admission is open to all adult musicians who play an orchestral instrument.

Registration for the season opens June 1, but new members may apply for admission at other times during the year with permission from the Music Director.

Musicians interested in joining the Civic Orchestra should contact the SVYS Office at:

If you would prefer to use the paper registration form, download it here:

Civic Orchestra History in Springfield

The Springfield Civic Orchestra was founded 1932 and flourished as a non-professional orchestra. In the 1980s, the orchestra reorganized as the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, leaving the area without an adult amateur orchestra. The new Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra, founded in 2008, has re-established the tradition of a thriving amateur orchestra in the Springfield area.


Rehearsals are held at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, Theatre 3, 420 S. 6th St., Springfield, Illinois.

Tuesdays, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm during the academic year.

Report an Absence

Musicians are required to report rehearsal absences in advance.

Contact SVYS

420 S. Sixth Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1808 (Second floor, Hoogland Center for the Arts)

Phone: (217) 753-8000