I Am Just Warning You Now…

…that I have been known to ask our concert audience a very hard question. “What was your favorite piece that Opus 24 sang at our concert?” The truth is, I would have trouble answering my own question. There are several pieces which I will not only enjoy singing, but would like to sing them again for you.

What makes a pieces of choral music a favorite? After every concert people tell me a variety of favorites. Some music will tingle memories of pleasant and meaningful events of places and people . Sometimes we are swept away by clever melodies and harmonies so skillfully woven together by the composers, our conductor, and the “Opus singers.

So as you sit and listen to Opus 24, the Tudor voices, and our young vocal scholarship recipients, keep you pen handy and try to sort out your favorite number. There will be a test at the end.

Bill Horton
Decatur Choral Society

There Shall a Star – Fall Concert 2015


Are you a “follower?” Many of us have followed a team, a movie star, a post on Facebook, or a trend which we think is popular at the current time. I know that most of you are followers of Opus 24. You know the people; you love the music and you just appreciate and anticipate each concert. At this time of year, many of you anticipate the Christmas season and the music which comes with it.

Our theme for this concert is “There Shall a Star.” It comes from one of our selections by Mendelssohn, “There Shall a Star from Jacob Come Forth. The star in this season was followed by a few at the time of its appearance. Our music reflects the joy of the season… the star, the shepherds, the Wise Men, and all the carolers who have shared the joy throughout the ages.

We hope you enjoy the music from Opus and our guest ensemble, the Tudor Voices from Millikin University directed by Dr. William Gorton. I know the music will speak to you for weeks to come.

Milton Scott,

There Shall a Star

Opus 24 Fall Concert 2015

Tuesday, November 24th @ 7:30 pm
St. Patrick Catholic Church
407 E. Eldorado St., Decatur, IL

Click here for performance details.

“Opus 24 is YOUR choir”

When Milt Scott asked me to serve on the Board of Directors for the Decatur Choral Society he told me to think it over for a few days and let him know. With some trepidation I agreed. This is my second year serving on the board and I have enjoyed every minute of it.

My responsibilities as co-communications chair include creating the newsletter and other printed materials such as the fundraising letter, and invitations for the upcoming 25th Anniversary Concert.

Although not a singer, I am a music lover. I had attended the OPUS concerts for many years. It is rewarding to be behind the scenes, helping to make these concerts become a reality.

Unfortunately there are many in Decatur who don’t know about the OPUS concerts. When I first heard about them I was leery of attending because I mistakenly thought that all the music would be classical. But there is always a good variety of styles, from secular to sacred. The Nov. concert will also feature the Tudor Voices from Millikin University. Music from centuries ago to recent years brings satisfaction to every ear. The singers might be your good friends or neighbors, your pastor or your doctor. This is why Opus 24 is YOUR choir.

If you have never been to an OPUS concert, please give it a try. Our next concert is Tues., Nov. 24, 2015. I guarantee you will love it! With $10 ticket prices the concert is a great bargain!

– Nancy Salefski