Decatur Choral Society

“Change is the only constant.”

If the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that life can change in an instant. Although many changes are unpredictable, others seem inevitable. Good or bad, changes show us who we are and make us grateful for what we have.

Opus 24 was formed in 1991 when a group of singers wanted a change in how choral music was presented to the Decatur community. Over the past 30 years, the choir has endured an evolving world and community, but has remained grounded in the founding principle of providing a quality choral music experience for both the participants and audience.

Our 30th anniversary is a bittersweet celebration, as we are faced with the departure of Milt Scott, who has been conducting Opus 24 for almost the entirety of its existence. Milt made Opus 24 an enjoyable experience for singers and audience members alike. His passion for music and sense of humor make each rehearsal and concert entertaining and gratifying. Under Milt’s leadership, Opus 24 has grown into a premier community choir. The group has been featured at festivals, conventions, community concerts, and conferences for the Illinois American Choral Directors Association.

The members of Opus 24 and the Decatur Choral Society board wish to thank Milt Scott for his many years of service. We hope you will join us at our concerts on May 15, 2022, to celebrate 30 years of Opus 24 and pay tribute to Milt.

As we turn the page to the next chapter of Opus 24, we ask that you consider giving a financial gift in honor of Milt Scott.

Becky Stubblefield

President, Decatur Choral Society & Opus 24 member

Conductor's Corner

COVID: Choirs Operate Virtually Indicating Difficulty. I don't know about you, but the last 20 months have been the most trying months in my career. I imagine you have been exasperated, as well. This concert is an attempt to resurrect the music we started 20 months ago for the Spring Concert of 2020. Now we start over as if we are a brand new ensemble, trying to cement together our relationships, as well as the literature.

This concert features many styles, ranging from Randall Thompson to Simon and Garfunkel. Two new pieces of literature feature the fine musicianship of cellist Susan Phillips. God Gives the Song is about coming out of the darkness. Let the Stable Still Astonish describes the manger place in all its crudeness and yet how the Christ child appears in Glory.

As always, there are many people to thank who made this concert possible. First, the singers: those who returned and our new members who challenge themselves at this time. Secondly, our accompanist, Anita Gifford. She has risen to the challenge of public concerts. I am grateful. And lastly, you, the audience.....the public, that through all the uncertainties, has come out once again to support live choral music. We in Opus hope you enjoy the music, and even more, the experience we all share in live music.

Footnote: We are planning to be unmasked for this concert. I have spaced the singers (which have been masked for all rehearsals) and kept the audience to reasonable numbers. We hope you will be masked, but as so many situations before, make a wise choice.

Milt Scott

Decatur Choral Society Purpose

A) To plan, promote and develop the opportunity for singing and performing a broad range of distinguished sacred and secular choral literature for the people of Decatur, Macon County and surrounding communities in Illinois.

B) To promote public appreciation of choral works and performance of them and to educate the general public in this type of music.