The Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra is a full orchestra for adult community members of Springfield and the surrounding communities. The orchestra plays a wide variety of literature in three concerts per season. Membership to the ensemble is through audition with the Music Director.
To maintain a proper balance in the orchestra the size of the woodwind and brass sections will be limited to the standard orchestral model. Please contact SVYS or the Music Director for enrollment in those sections.
The orchestra is conducted by the Music Director of the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony. All music, stands, and percussion equipment are provided.
Concerts in November, February, and May
Night at the Movies Concert and Fundraiser in February
Fun and great music-making all season!
Admission is open to all adult musicians who play an orchestral instrument.
Enrollment is in March and September. New members may apply for admission at other times during the year but permission is required from Music Director for admittance.
Musicians interested in joining the Civic Orchestra should contact the Music Director, Matthew Sheppard at:
If you do not wish to enroll online, complete the application form and return it to the SVYS office:
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, 420 S. 6th St., Springfield, Illinois
Tuesdays, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm during the academic year.
Musicians are required to report rehearsal absences in advance.