Once Upon a Tiptone

“Once Upon a Tiptone”…
As Opus 24 moves into its 26th season, we have enjoyed the many memories of our 25th anniversary celebration that included our Spring concert of specially-selected pieces from the past, the commissioned work of “Sing On” composed by Millikin Professor Randall Reyman and our own Milt Scott, the wonderful alumni dinner and post-concert reception. The “full house” concert was hosted at Central Christian Church with the events orchestrated by a talented committee who have been planning our silver anniversary for quite some time.
As the recently-elected President of the Decatur Choral Society, I appreciate the continued opportunity to sing with Opus and to work with the DCS Board. Forty-five years ago, I was an Eisenhower High School Concert Choir member and performed with the “Tiptone” ensemble under “Mr. Scott’s” direction. As a Decatur native, EHS and Millikin graduate, there’s been lots of connections with the Opus organization including past classmates, co-workers, old and new friends, and even those I baby-sat for their children many years ago(how ’bout that?!?)
Many thanks to everyone for your continued commitment to Opus, sharing your talents and gifts, the support of our patrons, all bound by our love for music.
Sheryl Frye
Decatur Choral Society

From the Conductor

If you missed our Spring 25th Anniversary Concert or if you want to rehear it because you loved it so much, then we have a deal for you!. The Anniversary Concert CD will be available starting July 22, 2016. They will be sold at the Decatur Area Arts Council and First Lutheran Church. Eventually, other venues will be available. The CD is $10 and contains the entire concert. Included are song titles, composers and singers/instrumentalists. Our recording guru John Rasche did a fantastic job. Plan on purchasing yours soon.

Thank you all for your fantastic support these past years. No we look forward to our 26th year starting with our Tuesday,  Nov. 22 concert at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Decatur. See you there!

Milt Scott, Conductor



When I was first asked to serve on the Decatur Choral Society (DCS) Board of Directors by Kathi, I just could not see myself doing that, and probably very bluntly told her NO. I was a singer in Opus, but was teaching full time, had a growing family, and was very involved in madrigals. All good excuses, yes?

Years later someone bravely asked me again. This time I said yes. I am glad I did! I am so sorry, Kathi, that I turned you down then, but I think I redeemed myself. I have learned so much, and worked hard on the board for the past six years. I didn’t start out with any preconceived ideas about what to do on the board. I just did whatever needed to be done, which grew into fundraising, keeping a data base, and collecting the mail.

I can honestly say that this is the best board on which I have ever worked. Everybody does their part and works to make it possible for Opus 24, our community chorus, to function. Thank you for that opportunity to support and work for quality choral music in the Decatur area.

If you are asked to be one the DCS Board of Directors, don’t hesitate, don’t say no, just jump in with both feet. You will not be sorry that you did. I have learned a lot through this process, with the help of Ron, a former treasurer of the society. I could not have done this job without the help of all of the other members of the board serving with me. It has been a team effort and a wonderful group which supports each other.

I hope that you will consider me a consultant for the board, and a lifetime supporter of Opus 24. Thanks!

Carol Drayton
Chair of Fundraising
Decatur Choral Society