Opus 24 History
Since its founding in 1991 by Louise Kidd, Jim Collins, Norman Stewart, and Kathi McClugage, Opus 24 has established a tradition of providing a quality choral music experience for both participant and the listening audience. Starting with only eleven singers, Opus 24 has grown into a mature musical force in central Illinois. Enjoying a two-hour weekly rehearsal, singers from all over central Illinois come to enrich their passion for music through the Opus 24 experience.
In addition to its regular concert season, Opus 24 has performed for festivals, conventions and special events throughout the Midwest. Opus 24 has performed for Illinois American Choral Directors Association conferences at Wheaton College, Northern Illinois University, Illinois State University, and Millikin University. The ensemble has also performed with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra and has produced several CDs.
Opus 24 is one of the programs supported by the Decatur Choral Society in its mission to promote quality choral music. The Choral Society also supports the Millikin Children's Choir and provides scholarship to area high school students to receive voice lessons at Millikin University. Decatur Choral Society is funded through your generous tax-deductible contributions, program advertisements, and CD and ticket sales.
Board of Directors
Becky Stubblefield, President
Mark Behrends, Vice President
Nancy Salefski, Secretary, Ticket Sales Coordinator
Aaron Largent, Treasurer
Melissa Miller, Scholarship Coordinator
Verlyn Rosenberger, Patron Coordinator
Diane DeVore, Concert Coordinator
Father Don Martin, Concert Coordinator
Jaclyn Cantwell, Fundraising Chair
John Gorecki, Website/Social Media Coordinator
Kathi McClugage, Administrative Coordinator