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OPUS Music Camp registration is now in progress for summer 2022

Above / 2019 OPUS Campers and Teaching Assistants also performed in a Flash Mob Ensemble where the Youtube video has generated over 130,000 Views with approximately 2,000 “Likes.” (Photo courtesy Linda Lin Yu)

For the 20th year, young musicians, ages 8 to 18, who play strings, piano or woodwinds will discover the joys of exploring and performing chamber music in trios, quartets and quintets at the Annual OPUS Chamber Music Camp. This in-person music camp will be held August 1-6, 2022, on the North Central College campus in Naperville, Illinois.

This “RTYM” Quartet performed Piano Quartet in G Minor K. 478 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

At the OPUS Camp, students not only become better musicians through world-class coaching and participating in concerts that have garnered over 100,000 views on Youtube, but more importantly, they become better citizens of our community. The Camp also presents a musical experience to students for whom long distance travel and boarding are prohibitive factors. With plenty of scholarships available, we have successfully kept the tuition costs down.

2019 OPUS Campers with OPUS Faculty and Teaching Assistants

The 2022 Camp program will be a jam-packed blast. In addition to chamber music, students also participate in orchestra or handbell choir, Creative Arts Connections Projects, master classes, instrument choirs or technique classes, and an inclusive Flash Mob ensemble. The camp culminates in campers performing in two “Listen to Our Young Artists” concerts at the acoustically beautiful Wentz Concert Hall.

Musicians mix and mingle with new friendships at the OPUS Chamber Music Camp.

Supported by more than 30 faculty and 20 teaching assistants, Mrs. Mara Gallagher will orchestrate the program as the Music Director to both advance students’ musical skills as well as maximize their learning pleasure.

OPUS Concerts on stage at The Wentz

OPUS will be offering two additional concerts in Wentz Concert Center this summer:
1. GALA “Uplifting 20” Concert, 3PM on July 30, where professional faculty and guest musicians, and distinguished past campers will perform to celebrate OPUS’ 20th Chamber Music Anniversary.
2. “Salute, Honor, and Love” Concert, 2pm on August 8, where select campers, teaching assistants, and faculty will perform for beloved veterans and seniors. OPUS programs have always been committed to creating a diverse and equitable environment.

The 2022 Camp has placed a priority on performing chamber music composed by Underrepresented Composers. The deadline for Camp registration is June 15. Each camper will be placed in a chamber group based on audition videos.

For more about OPUS, an online application can be found at www.NapOPUS.org/2022 Camp.

To contact OPUS, call Linda Lin Yu at (630) 983-8902 or email [email protected]

Photos courtesy Linda Lin Yu for OPUS

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