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!

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.

Orion Received Honorable Mention in the 10 Top Performances of 2013 in Chicago for their Hindemith Quartet!


In Chicago Classical Review, the Orion Ensemble’s performance, Hindemith Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano received honorable mention in The Top 10 Performances of 2013 in Chicago by Lawrence A. Johnson on December 23, 2013.  The top honor went to Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Verdi’s Macbeth.

The entire list contains impressive performances, and they depict the strength of the classical/ fine arts scene in Chicago and surrounding areas.  Orion received a well-deserved mention. And, for OPUS, what an honor we have to have our ensemble-in-residence being rated amongst such elite groups of musicians!!!

Congratulations — Kathy, Florentina, Judy, and Diana!