OPUS ("Outstanding People United to Sing") was founded at the opening of Martin County High School in 1964. An auditioned SATB high-school choir, OPUS is the advanced, touring ensemble within the Martin County High School Choral Department. A choir of prominent acclaim, OPUS proudly represents its alma mater with poise, precision, and professionalism. Under the tenure of Ronald L. Corbin, OPUS claimed many awards in district, state, nationwide, and international competitions. The most prized of these awards was the bestowment of perfect scores from all three Worldstrides Heritage Festival judges in 2009 - only the fourth time this has been achieved in the festival's 29 year history. OPUS has consistently been awarded superior ratings at the District and State Florida Vocal Association Music Performance Assessments. In 2014, under the direction of Ronald L. Corbin, Martin County High School's three choral ensembles were awarded "choirs of distinction" at the state performance assessment. OPUS and the rest of the Martin County Choral Department continues to establish standards of excellence through performing and music education.
At the end of the 2014 school year, Ron Corbin retired from Martin County High School after 34 years of life-changing teaching. His legacy lives on through his the many students who sang under his direction. We are fortunate to have had this wonderful teacher touch our lives in such an intimate, musical way. Starting in August 2014, Shane Thomas became the new choral director at Martin County High School. Under the direction of Shane Thomas, OPUS has received straight superior ratings at the District 13 Music Performance Assessment and State Music Performance Assessment. In 2016, both OPUS 2016 Chorale and OPUS 2016 Ladies received straight superior with distinction ratings from all three judges at the State Music Performance Assessment, deeming both ensembles as "choir of distinction," the highest achievement bestowed on a performing ensemble.
The ensemble's 2015-2016 season bring local performances in Stuart and Palm City, our annual Winter and Spring choral concerts, performances at Distric Music Performance Assessment, a national Worldstrides Heritage Festival competition in Anaheim, California during spring break, and performances at area middle schools.
If you are interested in having OPUS perform for your event, please contact Shane Thomas at email@example.com or call (772) 219-1800 ext. 32230.