2019 OPUS Events: Put These on Your Calendar Now!

We have begun planning our 2019 events. Put these on your calendar now so you can be sure to be a part! More information will be coming soon!

  • April 7, 2019 (Naperville): OPUS Chamber Music Competition
  • July 28 – August 3, 2019 (North Central College, Naperville): OPUS Chamber Music Camp
  • August 5, 2019,  2:00 pm (Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville): OPUS Salute, Honor and Love Concert
  • August 17, 2019 (North Central College, Naperville): OPUS NTL Chamber Music Workshop

Important Dates: OPUS 2018 Year End Concert Events!

Yes, it is going to be “the most wonderful time of the year” again, and once more, the OPUS chamber music ensembles’ HOLIDAY CONCERTS will make so many seniors feel it is indeed “THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME.”  We invite all to be a part.

  • There is a 2-Hour Coaching Session on Wednesday December 26th in 3 separate time slotsA: 9 – 11 pm; B: 12 – 2 pm; or C: 2 – 4 pm at St. Margret Mary Parish (west of Kennedy Junior High School),  1450 Green Trails Dr., Naperville, IL 60540.  Tell us A, B or C if you have a preference.  There will be $15/person fee.  Bring the fee to the lesson.  You must attend the coaching session in order to perform.


  • Thursday, December 27th:
    • Villa St. Benedict, Lisle – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
    • Brookdale, Lisle – 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Friday, December 28th:
    • Monarch Landing, Naperville – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
    • St. Patrick’s Residence, Naperville – 3:oo pm – 4:00 pm.

The music selections will be mostly inspirational and joyful music appropriate for the holiday season. This will be a lot of fun as we bring cheer to all while we have a fantastic time together!

The 16th Annual 2018 OPUS Chamber Music Camp Open for Enrollment

  • Come, if you are available July 29-August 4, The camp is in Naperville, IL on the campus of North Central College and the final concert is in Wentz Concert Hall.
  • Come, if you are a violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, oboe, piano, clarinet or flute student, ages 8-18.
  • Come, if you would want to advance your skills through a team-developed curriculum, designed to challenge and musically-inspire you.
  • Come, if you’d like to expand your musical talents to include composition, electric instruments, music arranging, and videography.

 Come, if you’d like to make friends and have fun playing chamber music!

Reminder: Upcoming Chamber Music Workshop and Holiday Concerts

These events are a great way to develop and increase students’ social responsibility by giving back and sharing musical talents with most appreciative senior citizens.  Sign-up details are here.

Music Director: Mara Gallagher and many Faculty and Coaching Assistants

NTL Workshop: Attend a two-hour coaching session on either (1) 5-7 pm or (2) 7-9 pm on Friday, December 18th; or (3) 10-12 noon, (4) 1 – 3 pm, or (5) 3 – 5 pm session on Saturday, December 19th.  Please indicate your 1st and 2nd choices by numbering (1), (2) … (5).

Fee: $15/person   Venue: classrooms of North Central College

Music: (mostly holiday music) will be emailed to you 1 to 2 weeks before December 18th.

Holiday Concerts have been arranged at the following senior residences:

Wednesday, December 23rd:

  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Plymouth Place, LaGrange (a)
  • 3:15 – 4:00 pm, Eve Assisted Living, Hinsdale (b)

Tues Dec. 29th:

  • 10:15-11:00 am Brookdale, Lisle (c)
  • Lunch by OPUS in Naperville downtown (d) (Please RSVP to Camp Director)
  • 1:15 – 2:15 pm, Monarch Landing, Naperville (e)
  • 3:00-4:00 pm, Villa St. Benedict, Lisle (f)

Please indicate your intended participation in (a) through (f).

We thank you in advance for considering to participate in Holiday Concerts.

Reminder: Upcoming OPUS Concerts!

opus-concertIn addition to the Listen to Our Young Artists concert on the 9th, we have some additional events:

  • The OPUS Young Musicians will perform on Wednesday August 13, from 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton.
  • On Friday, August 15, from 7:00-9:00 pm at Naperville Community Concert Center behind the “Y”.
  • We will also conduct a one-day “Never Too Late to Play” Chamber Music Workshop at North Central College on August 23rd. That concert is 3:00-5:00 pm in NCC’s Koten Chapel.

Never Too Late to Play Chamber Music Workshop: August 23rd!

workshop-posterOPUS will be holding a 1-day intensive “Never Too Late to Play Chamber Music” (NTL) Workshop on Saturday August 23rd, 2014 at Naperville North Central College’s Larrance Academic Center and Koten Chapel!

This workshop is open to strings, clarinet, flute, and piano players of all levels who would like to make music and receive coaching in a relaxed and supportive environment. Preformed groups are encouraged to apply. Individual applicants will be placed in a group according to ability and experience. Each group will have four (4) coaching/rehearsal sessions with OPUS NTL faculty members as led by Mara Gallagher (violinist/violist), the Music Director. Lunch will be provided. The day will culminate with a performance in NCC’s Koten Chapel.

Hope you can join us! We look forward to seeing you!!!

Time: Saturday August 23, 2014: 9 am to 5 pm
Venue: Larrance Academic Center and Koten Chapel, North Central College, 309 E. School St., Naperville, IL 60540.
Fee: $90/person for 24 to 64 years old. Others: $60/person. Lunch is included.
Registration deadline: August 8, 2014.

For more information and to register, download our application form here, or contact Linda Yu at theyus@aol.com; 630.983.8902; or email Mara Gallagher at mara5@mindspring.com.