Members of our Chorus

Melissa Auvil

Soprano

is in her ninth season with SBCS. Originally from Midland, Michigan, Melissa earned her undergraduate degree in music education at Central Michigan  . . .

 

Sharon Bain

Soprano Section Leader

first joined SBCS in 1997. She earned her undergraduate degree in American studies, with a minor in music  . . .

Carrie Bjonback

Alto

returns for her eleventh season with SBCS. She has been involved in music for as long as she can remember. She was in concert band and  . . .

Dawn Bontrager

Alto and President of the South Bend Chamber Singers

is in her fourteenth season.  A native of Northern Minnesota  . . .

Ryan Clough

Tenor

grew up on the West Coast, living in all three coast states – Washington, Oregon, and California. Music has always been an important part. Ryan’s life. He graduated with a BA in Music from . . .

Kendall Dahlstrom

Tenor

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. He is pastor emeritus. . .

Erin Donegan

Alto Section Leader

is the Director of Music for Sacred Heart Parish, and the Assistant Director of the Notre Dame Children’s Choir. She recently completed a master’s degree in sacred music. . .

Stephen Drendall

Bass Section Leader

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

Melaney Gabris

Alto

is in her eleventh season with SBCS, and serves on the board as a member-at-large. She recently rejoined the 126 Army Band with . . .

Rania El-Kareh

Alto

is in her second season with the South Bend Chamber Singers. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Butler University. Her studies were focused on vocal music. . .

Mike Hildreth

Bass

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

Soprano

hails from Fort Wayne, IN. This is her fifth year in the SBCS, and she is very excited for the upcoming season. Currently, Megan works as a substitute teacher for Fort Wayne Community . . .

David L. Homann

Tenor

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 . . .

Cecilia Horner

Soprano

is excited for her third season as a member of SBCS.  A high school senior, Cecilia studies piano with the former accompanist of the SBCS, Kathleen Keasey, and voice with Danielle Svonavic. . .

Emily Klug

Alto

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

Alto

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 . . .

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Mitchell Lemmon

Tenor

is in his initial season with the SBCS. He was born and raised in Northeastern Nevada and studied Music Education at the University of Nevada, Reno where he was part of the UNR Chamber Choir . . .

Eric Lofgren

Tenor

is in his first year with SBCS. He hails from Peoria, Illinois where he graduated from Bradley University in 2004. Although his emphasis was in trumpet performance, . . .

Steven Mast

Tenor

has been singing with SBCS since 2000. A native of La Porte, Indiana, he was a Michigan resident for 25 years, before recently relocating to New Carlisle, Indiana. Steven earned undergraduate degrees in music and elementary. . .

Kristin McAndrew

Soprano, and SBCS Secretary

returns for her fifth SBCS season. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Saint Mary’s College in humanistic studies and English, and her Master’s in integrated marketing. . .

Andrew Nemeth

Tenor Section Leader

returns to SBCS for a sixth season.  Andrew is a lifelong resident of South Bend.  He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Butler University in 2010 . . .

Kara O'Malley

Soprano

grew up in the Chicago suburbs, where she took part in a variety of choirs, musicals, and solo competitions. She attended the University of Notre Dame for her . .

Betsie Pendarvis

Soprano

returns for her seventh year with SBCS. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory from Texas Christian University, as well as significant postgraduate study. She served . . .

John Pendarvis

Bass

begins his seventh 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 . . .

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Alissa Plenzler

Soprano

joins the SBCS for her first season. Originally from South Bend, she recently returned and became an adjunct music faculty member at Holy Cross College…

Ryan Peteraf

Bass

is a conductor, singer, pianist, and music educator. He currently resides in South Bend, IN, where he is in the second year of his masters degree in choral conducting at the University of Notre Dame…

Joseph Smith

Bass

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 . . .

Claire Stewart

Alto

is excited to return to the SBCS for a fourth 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 . . .

Mark Torma

Bass

returns for his sixth year in the Chamber Singers after a brief hiatus. He has also sung with the Notre Dame Glee Club and the Washington Men’s Camerata, and has appeared in various and sundry community. . .

Doug Williamson

Bass

is a Montana native who has lived in South Bend for fourteen years. Doug has been with SBCS for 13 ½ seasons. Doug sang with Helena Symphony Chorale, Helena, Montana for ten years prior . . .

Trevis Young

Bass

is Director of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, La Porte, Indiana. Prior to moving to South Bend, Trevis lived in Clemson, South Carolina, where he served as Director of Music for Clemson United. . .

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