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.

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!

Note: Changes in Upcoming Holiday Concert Schedule

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:

Changed: Wednesday, December 23rd:

  • Changed: 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Plymouth Place, LaGrange (a)
  • Changed: 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.

NCTV Business Connection – Beginning May 27th: Never Too Late to Play Chamber Music Workshop

Another NCTV Business Connection Clip will be airing May 27 – June 10th on Channel 17 in Naperville (Comcast and Wow); and on Channel 99 (AT&T).

This interview focuses on the Never Too Late to Play Chamber Music Workshop; and representing OPUS are:

  • Mara Gallagher, Music Director
  • Anjie Riley, Chief Editor and Director for Grants

See the NCTV website for more information.

OPUS to Partner with Naperville Woman’s Club: Solo and Chamber Ensemble Competition

nwc-opus-eventWe are happy to partner up with Naperville Woman’s Club (NWC) on a solo and chamber ensemble competition, sponsored in part by a SECA grant.

  • Date: Sat. Feb. 7th, 2015
  • Ages: 8th-12th Grades
  • Place: North Central College (Koten Chapel or Madden Theatre)
  • Type: Solo or Chamber Ensemble

One of the Chamber Ensemble players must be from Naperville (since this is a SECA grant sponsored event)
Instrumentalists Only (our Camp instruments, percussions, and more)

Free of Charge

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

Winners will receive an invitation to perform in NWC’s Annual Art Fair in Naper Settlement in July!