The South Bend Chamber Singers is a chorus of around 30 talented singers. Hailing from all around Indiana and southern Michigan, our members represent all ages—from high school and college students to retirees—and all walks of life. Many members are professional musicians, involved in area schools and churches as singers, directors, accompanists, and teachers. However, most choristers work in other fields and join to share their talent and love for choral music.

Visit our “biographies” page to find out which two tenors roast their own coffee, which soprano will make her movie debut this year, and which bass studies experimental particle physics.

Many of the choir’s talented members are available for private events as soloists, small ensembles, or even a large chorus. Contact us (at least 6 weeks in advance) for more information.

Members of our Chorus

Melissa Auvil


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 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


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


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


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 . . .

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Eric Lofgren


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


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


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


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


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 . . .

Alissa Plenzler


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…

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Ryan Peteraf


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


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


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


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


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


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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