Members of our Chorus

Melissa Auvil


is in her seventh season with SBCS. Originally from Midland, Michigan, Melissa earned her undergraduate degree in Music Education at Central Michigan University and her Masters  . . .

Sharon Bain

Soprano Section Leader

first joined SBCS in 1997. She earned her undergraduate degree in American Studies, with a minor in music, from the University of Notre Dame where she studied voice  . . .

Carrie Bjonback


returns for her ninth season with SBCS. She grew up in Moline, Illinois, lived for several years in Canada, and now resides in La Porte, Indiana.
She obtained her  . . .

Breighan Boeskool


is in her eighth season with SBCS. She is the Analytics Specialist and Project Manager for the Investment Office at the University of Notre Dame. She holds a B.A. in violin  . . .

Dawn Bontrager

Alto and Secretary of the South Bend Chamber Singers

is in her twelfth season with SBCS. Dawn is a native of Northern Minnesota. She earned her undergraduate degree in social work  . . .

Kendall Dahlstrom


has been with SBCS since its beginning. He earned a B.A. in psychology and a Master of Divinity in pastoral studies from North Park University and Theological Seminary.

Hillary Doerries

Alto, Section Leader

holds degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in voice, organ, and church music. A church musician for over ten years, Hillary is currently the . . .

Stephen Drendall

Bass Section Leader

is in his twenty-seventh year with SBCS. He received Music and Music Education degrees from Temple University, where he sang under renowned conductor Robert Page  . . .

Michael Driscoll


is enjoying his twentieth season with SBCS. A native of Butte, Montana, he is a Roman Catholic priest for the diocese of Helena, Montana. Since 1994, he has taught  . . .

Emerson Eads


returns for his second season. He is a choral conducting graduate student at the University of Notre Dame in the studio of Professor Carmen-Helena Téllez   . . .

Melaney Gabris


is in her ninth season with SBCS, where she serves as Vice-President.  She was with the 126 Army Band in Wyoming, Michigan for ten years as a percussionist . . .

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Mike Hildreth


is a Masachusetts native who has followed academia to the Midwest (South Bend). After earning an undergraduate degree from Princeton and a Ph.D. from Stanford, both in physics, he and his family . . .

Megan Hire


hails from LaGrange, IN. This is her third year in the SBCS, and she is very excited for the upcoming season. Currently, Megan works as a special education teacher for the Diocese of Fort Wayne.

David L. Homann

Tenor Section Leader

has been with SBCS since its first full season. A full-time dad, with only one busy kid still at home, he is constantly on the move in South Bend serving as a youth group leader, Sunday school teacher, cantor . . .

Cecilia Horner


is excited for her first season as a member of SBCS. A high school freshman, Cecilia studies piano (8 years) and voice(1 ½ years) with the former accompanist of the SBCS, Kathleen Keasey.

Daniel Howard


was raised in nearby Granger, IN and is now in his third year with the South Bend Chamber Singers. There was a brief hiatus after high school while he earned his B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics, Engineering, and Physics at . . .

Emily Klug


grew up in Michigan and sang with various ensembles in elementary school, high school and college. She earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Business Administration from Central Michigan University.

Mary Ann LaPlante


chaplain at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth, IN, completed the Clinical Pastoral Education program at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center after serving as Pastoral Associate for Music and Liturgy at Little Flower . . .

Steven Mast


has been singing with SBCS since 2000. A native of La Porte, Indiana, he resided in Niles, MI for twelve years, before recently relocating to South Bend. Steven earned undergraduate degrees in music and elementary . . .

Kristin McAndrew


returns for her third SBCS season this year. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Saint Mary’s College in Humanistic Studies and English, and her master’s in Integrated . . .

Andrew Nemeth


returns to SBCS for a fourth season. Andrew is a lifelong resident of South Bend. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Butler University in  . . .

Thomas W. Olsen


was a voice performance major at Indiana University in Bloomington where he performed a variety of roles as an undergraduate. He participated in the Santa  . . .

Kara O'Malley


grew up in the Chicago suburbs, where she took part in a variety of choirs, musicals, and solo competitions. Coming from a family of Domers, it was unsurprising when she . . .

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Betsie Pendarvis


returns for her fifth year with SBCS. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory from Texas Christian University, as well as significant postgraduate study. She served part-time church choir director in Fort Worth, Texas while raising . . .

John Pendarvis


begins his fifth season with SBCS. Recently retired, John moved to South Bend from Roanoke, Virginia to be closer to family, including his five grandchildren. A native of Houston, Texas, John received his BA from Texas . . .

Shannon Romba


begins her first season with the SBCS.  She grew up in a western suburb of Chicago and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with Vocal Emphasis from Western Michigan University. Since then, she has relocated to . . .

Joseph Smith


sang with the South Bend Chamber Singers for fifteen years before 2008 when he moved to Louisville, KY. Now retired from more than 30 years in hospital work as neuro-diagnostic technologist and more recently as sleep . . .

Sarai St. Jayn


moved here from Bloomington, Indiana in 2012 to be close to her family. She is director of music at First Presbyterian Church in Niles, Michigan where she is organist and directs the choir and handbells.

Claire Stewart


is excited to return to the SBCS for her second season! She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and English Literature from Saint Mary’s College. During her four years of college, she sang . . .

Catherine Tadey


a 12 ½ year member of SBCS, is a native of Dyer, Indiana and a graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. During her tenure at Butler, she studied voice with Kari York and Maryann Scott, and . . .

Del’Shawn Taylor


is beginning his first season with the SBCS. In May of 2016, he earned a degree in Psychology and Pre-medical coursework, with a Spanish minor, from IU South Bend. Del’Shawn has musically . . .

Doug Williamson


is a Montana native who has lived in South Bend for thirteen years. Doug has been with SBCS for 11 ½ seasons. Doug sang with Helena Symphony Chorale, Helena, Montana  . . .

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