After the passing of Barbara Fite, her son James “Tad” Richards and his wife Pat took leadership at the nonprofit organization. They served in this capacity for more than 3 decades, stewarding the organization through many changes, and both annotating and preserving the legacy of Harvey Fite.

Among Tad Richards’  many artistic contributions to the history of Opus 40 are remarkable jazz concerts (including Sonny Rollins), community music jams, legendary Labor Day concerts with Orleans and much more. Richards has also written histories of Opus 40 and Harvey  Fite.

Pat Richards managed the day-to-day operation and upkeep of Opus 40 during those years, and organized the restoration project after the calamitous storm damage of 2015.