Decatur Choral Society

- Celebrating 30 Years -

The Decatur Choral Society Board is pleased to announce the legacy of Opus 24 will continue with the selection of Ted Hesse as the next conductor. We look forward to seeing you at the fall concert when he will make his debut with the choir!

Opus 24 group photo from the 2022 Spring Concert, "How Can I Keep from Singing"

“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

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.