ComEd Features Former OPUS Student!

Summer usually means sun, fun and lazy days with friends, something that Ryan Schiller enjoyed as a child in his hometown of Naperville, Ill. But when Ryan was 12 years old, he wanted to try something new and registered for a summer camp for musicians.

‘I played viola in my school orchestra so I thought attending a music camp would be a good opportunity to grow my skills,’ he says. ‘Besides, the OPUS Chamber Music Camp was only one week.’

That one week in 2007 turned into five more as Ryan attended each summer until he graduated from high school in 2011.”

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Electric Instruments in Arts Connections Workshop


In addition to Composition, Arranging music, and Videography projects, Arts Connections Workshop will have Violist-Violinist and Conductor, Daryl Silberman, lead an Electric Instruments Project. Ms. Silberman and Danny Seidenberg together have created a unique chamber-jazz-pop ensemble consisting of 2 violas, a cello and a guitar called ‘UnBande’. Campers will learn to create music using electric instruments.

NEW in 2018 — Chamber-Jazz-Pop

Performer, composer, arranger, pianist, clinician and jazz educator, Danny Seidenberg, will coach chamber ensembles as well as lead the 2018 Music Culture/Style Workshop.

Mr. Seidenberg plans to open up campers’ musical world by exploring the chamber-jazz-pop music style and instruments. His workshop will involve improvisation  as well as alternative style. He will bring his computer to generate a “backup band” and get students improvising.

Mr. Seidenberg is probably best known as a member of the Turtle Island String Quartet for 12 years, 1992-2004. He was in residence at the Henry Mancini Institute (UCLA) through 2006, was an instructor at UMass and Stanford in their jazz studies departments. He taught at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and he currently teaches arranging and improvisation classes at Vandercook College.

Camper / TA Grows Crystals

By Kevin Stoffel, Contrabass, 2-time Camper and 4-time TA including 2018

Kevin Stoffel introduces himself to senior citizens when performing for them in a Holiday Concert of 2017.

Part of why I want to pursue chemistry is because I’ve always had a fascination with pure substances.  The concept of looking at something and knowing that it isn’t an (effectively) inseparable mixture of fifteen, or six, or even two things was always really cool to me, even at a young age.  What better place to see, work with, and study pure substances than in in a chemistry laboratory?  And what better form to see or even hold a pure substance than one where the molecules are all lined up and packed together (theoretically) flawlessly, showing off their geometric arrangement even at the highly macroscopic scale—a crystal?

Anybody at home can grow some neat crystals easily and without much trouble.  Borax, for example, will form small, white, somewhat regular, somewhat boring crystals around a string or pipe cleaner dipped in a saturated solution.  But growing a really good crystal takes a bit more care, experience, cleanliness, safety, and equipment, as well as the right substance.  Certain substances very readily form quite regular, large, fine crystals without too much difficulty, if you know how to deal with them.  I do NOT recommend you try this at home, but I’ve been using copper(II) sulfate (blue) and potassium chromium sulfate (dark purple/red) to grow some really great crystals for a while now.  Soon, I actually hope to have enough sizeable specimens to give to my friends as gifts!  …After varnishing them in a protective clear coat using a pair of gloves, of course, because these chemicals are not considered safe to touch with bare skin.

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!

Registration for Saturday August 18, 2018 “Never Too Late” Workshop Now Open

Registration for the OPUS “Never Too Late” (NTL) chamber music workshop is now available online or by mail. The NTL Workshop is for violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, piano, clarinet, oboe, and flute students of all ages and levels.

The Workshop will be held from 9 to 5 on Saturday, August 18th, 2018, at North Central College in Naperville. The Workshop consists of four chamber music coaching sessions and a lunch. Participants have the option to be in a learning from each other session or to perform in a final concert at Koten Chapel. Music will be provided to applicants at ~a week before August 18th to give applicants a chance to practice before the Workshop. It’s Never Too Late to Play! Be inspired, and you may grow to love it!

OPUS is fortunate to have a grant from ACMP (Associated Chamber Music Players) in New York City to sponsor this Workshop. The ACMP grant is particularly geared to encouraging ADULTS to come play chamber music.

For more information, please visit our website. Registration online is encouraged.