Members of our Chorus

Melissa Auvil

Soprano

is in her eighth 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, from the University of Notre Dame where she studied voice  . . .

Leah Beard

Leah Beard

Alto

is excited to be in her first year with SBCS. Involved in music her entire life, she graduated with a B.A. in Music Education and a minor in English from. . .

Carrie Bjonback

Alto

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  . . .

Dawn Bontrager

Alto and Secretary of the South Bend Chamber Singers

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

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. . .

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 . . .

Erin Donegan

Soprano

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-eighth year with SBCS. He received Music and Music Education degrees from Temple University, where he sang under renowned conductor Robert Page  . . .

Emerson Eads

Tenor

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   For him, being part. . .

Rania El-Kareh

Alto

is in her first 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. . .

Melaney Gabris

Alto

is in her tenth 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/pianist . . .

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 LaGrange, IN. This is her fouth 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 . . .

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Cecilia Horner

Soprano

is excited about her second season as a member of SBCS. A high school freshman, Cecilia studies piano (9 years) and voice(2 ½ years) with the former accompanist of the SBCS, Kathleen Keasey, and voice (2 ½ years) with Danielle Svonavec.

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 . . .

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

returns for her fourth 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 marketing. . .

Andrew Nemeth

Tenor

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

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John Pendarvis

Bass

begins his sixth 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 . . .

Katelyn Przybylski

Soprano

is excited to begin her first season with SBCS! She graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a degree in Music Education in 2016. In her time at Saint Mary’s, she was a member of the Saint Mary’s College . .

Shannon Romba

Soprano

begins her second season with the SBCS.  She grew up in Elburn, Illinois, and earned her bachelor’s degree in music education with vocal emphasis from Western Michigan University. While attending WMU. . .

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 her third 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 fifth 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 12 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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