2019 In-Person Camp
The 2019 OPUS Chamber Music Camp was held on the campus of North Central College, Naperville, IL. The camp had a record-high enrollment corresponding to strong and growing interest in OPUS-offered chamber music programs.
Training young musicians to play chamber music in a small ensemble of three to six players requires a high teacher to student (1 to 3 or 4) ratio, and hence it is much more cost-intensive compared the cost of an orchestra (1 conductor to 60 to 120 students). In 2019, OPUS employed more than 30 professional musicians as faculty, plus 25 teaching assistants who are college or graduate students.
A typical In-person Camp Schedule is shown below:
The 2019 OPUS Music Camp featured OPUS Flash Mob – carefully crafted by the OPUS Board members and its Chamber Music Faculty and Teaching Assistants. The performance of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” by 120 young OPUS campers and teaching assistants with instruments of violin, viola, cello, contrabass, and bell (and timpani) is one of a kind. The project is gratifyingly supported by the staff at North Central College, Naperville, IL. Like other OPUS programs, this project is designed to encourage students to improve their musical skills while at the same time grow socially by promoting friendships in an honest and ethical environment.
2019 Camp video performances can be found in Gallery.