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Ellis Anderson, Tenor

Ellis Anderson

Ellis Anderson, Tenor, was born in Tennessee but grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. He has a fondness for rainy, overcast days. Ellis currently works for the Notre Dame Sacred Music program, for Saint Mary’s College Women’s Choirs, and for Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. This is his second season with the Chamber Singers.


Fatima Anyekema, Alto

Fatima Anyekema

Fatima Anyekema, Alto, is a singer and elementary music teacher with the South Bend Community School Corporation. This is her second season with the Chamber Singers. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and a Master of Sacred Music from the University of Notre Dame. She was formerly a Co-Director of music with the Notre Dame Children’s Choir where she taught music and prepared students for performances. Fatima has been singing in choirs since she was nine years old and has sung with multiple music ensembles both in Nigeria and in the U.S. She was a member of the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) Choir from 2006 until 2018 when she moved to the United States. She is the Co-Founder of Musica Casa Chorale which participated in the World Choir Games held in South Africa in 2018. Fatima enjoys teaching and working with children. She is passionate about music education and contributing to the development of young people’s singing voices. She comes from a large family of seven where she is the only professional musician. She loves cross-country driving, traveling and her own personal company when she is not entertaining guests.



Melissa Auvil, Soprano

Melissa Auvil

Melissa Auvil, Soprano, is in her thirteenth season with SBCS. Originally from Midland, Michigan, Melissa earned her undergraduate degree in music education at Central Michigan University and her Master’s Degree in voice performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. She has performed with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kansas City Metro Opera, Midland Music Society, Crosscurrents Theatre, six seasons with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Midland, Opera at the Acorn, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, as well as the South Bend and Elkhart Civic Theatres. She has appeared on screen in locally filmed movies, “Moondance” and “The Shade Shepherd”.  Melissa also enjoys directing, and has worked locally with the Beckwith, Barn Swallow and Elkhart Civic Theatres. She lives with her husband and two children in Goshen, Indiana.


Sharon Bain, Soprano Section Leader

Sharon Bain

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 and French horn.  Sharon also has a Master of Arts degree in social work from the University of Chicago. She is a married mother of three and works as a counselor at Family Psychology of South Bend, and at the Early Childhood Development Centers of the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College.


Christina Beasley, Soprano

Christina Beasley

Christina Beasley, Soprano, is excited to be joining the South Bend Chamber Singers for her first season. Originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, Christina received a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Christina came to South Bend in 2020 in order to continue her education at the University of Notre Dame, graduating in 2022 with a Masters of Sacred Music in Choral Conducting. Now, she teaches voice at Saint Mary’s College and general music at Chamberlain Elementary School in Goshen, Indiana. She is also the Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in South Bend. When not running around to various rehearsals, Christina can usually be found with a book in her hand and a cat on her lap.


Breighan Boeskool, Soprano

Breighan Boeskool

Breighan Boeskool, Soprano, is in her eleventh season with SBCS. She is the Assistant Director of Analytics for the Investment Office at the University of Notre Dame. She holds a B.A. with a concentration in violin performance and a B.B.A. in finance from Saint Mary’s College, as well as a M.M. and Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Breighan is Secretary of the Board of the South Bend Symphony, chairs the Investment Committee for the Society for Music Theory, and is Treasurer of the South Bend Chamber Singers.


Kelly Bone, Soprano

Kelly Bone

Kelly Bone, Soprano, is thrilled to be joining the South Bend Chamber Singers. Originally from South Bend, Kelly received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University Chicago, where she sang with the University Chorus and Chamber Choir, as well as the Chicago Old Town School of Folk Music Women’s Chorus. For the past six years, Kelly lived in San Jose, California, where she sang and toured internationally with the Santa Clara Chorale. In the real world, Kelly works in HR Operations out of her home office, and lives in Niles with her husband, Whitney, and two children, Bobby and Amy.


Dawn Bontrager, Alto and President

Dawn Bontrager

Dawn Bontrager, Alto and President of the South Bend Chamber Singers, is in her eighteenth season. A native of Northern Minnesota, she earned her undergraduate degree in social work from Goshen College, a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago, and a Master’s of Divinity from the Chicago Theological Seminary. Dawn is a licensed clinical social worker, and is in private practice as a mental health therapist in Mishawaka, IN. Music has always been central to Dawn’s life, and she has been singing all of her life in church, high school and college choirs, as well as in small groups performing in local venues and for special occasions. Dawn lives in Mishawaka with her spouse and their two dogs and a cat. Her interests include travel, and being outdoors biking, hiking and kayaking. She also enjoys spending time with her two adult children. Dawn recently became a first time grandparent, and is thoroughly enjoying doing the grandma thing with her now one year old grandson. 



Daniel Carmignani, Bass

Daniel Carmignani

Daniel Carmignani, Bass, is in his first year with the Chamber Singers. As a vocalist (baritone/bass) and instrumentalist (Trombone/Baritone/Tuba) he is excited for adding musical variety to his tool belt. Daniel received his BS in Accounting and currently is a Divisional Controller for a South Bend based manufacturing  group. He and his wife, Ali, take care of their adorable but chaotic three boys ages 1,3,and 5. In his spare time, he likes playing Dungeon and Dragons, and solving Sudoku puzzles. He looks forward to what this year of SBCS brings.


Jessica Carter, Alto

Jessica Carter

Jessica Carter, Alto, is a composer, performer, and educator from South Bend and is incredibly excited to be returning to the Chamber Singers for her fourth season. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Bethel University, and a Master of Music in Music Composition from Indiana University South Bend. Currently, Jessica is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Bethel University. As a composer, she has been described as having captivating lyricism and highly sophisticated intuition. Jessica has won several awards and accolades including the Kapson Bicentennial Scholarship in Music Composition in both 2018 and 2019 and the 2020 Symphonic Composition Competition through Indiana University South Bend. As a performer, Jessica is a violinist and a mezzo soprano having studied with Jae Sung Lee (MM), Victoria Garrett (MM), Dr. Brendan Shea, and Dr. Emanuel-Cristian Caraman. Jessica has attended the Vail Music Festival in Vail CO, the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, ME, the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival in South Bend, IN, and most recently the IRCAM multidisciplinary festival ManiFest in Paris, France.  She has been commissioned by several organizations including Crossing Borders Music, Castle Of Our Skins, and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. Jessica’s work is published by J.W. Pepper & Son, Inc. and she is a member of Broadcast Music Inc. and the Society of Composers. In her free time, she is a painter, a runner, and a movie fanatic.


Stephen Drendall, Bass Section Leader

Stephen Drendall

Stephen Drendall, Bass Section Leader, is in his thirty-third year with SBCS. He received music and music education degrees from Temple University, where he sang under renowned conductor Robert Page and was in the repertory choir for Master’s in Choral Conducting students. He has been cantor at the Episcopal Cathedral of Saint James and St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal (both South Bend), and choir director at Lydick United Methodist and St. Paul’s Episcopal (Mishawaka) Churches. He has soloed with the Elkhart and La Porte Symphonies, and was cantorial soloist for 13 years at Temple Beth-el (South Bend). He is retired as a family and consumer lawyer in South Bend, where he also lives. Stephen’s two children are graduates of the University of Notre Dame. He has retired from forty-four years as an attorney and serves as legal advisor to the South Bend Chamber Singers’ Board of Directors.


Nate Driver, Tenor

Nate Driver

Nate Driver, Tenor, is a junior premed student at Valparaiso University entering his first season with the SCBS. Previously, he has performed with the Valparaiso University Chorale under Christopher Cock and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus under Nancy Menk, while also studying under David Govertsen. Interests outside of choir include playing the oboe, ultimate frisbee, and spending time with his two dogs Ozzy and Tigger.

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Dylan Enquist Bajo, Bass

Dylan Enquist Bajo

Dylan Enquist Bajo, Bass, was born in Madrid, Spain, where he studied piano, composition and chamber music at the Joaquin Turina Conservatory of Music from ages 8 to 18, from which he graduated with honors. After having started his degree of piano performance at Madrid’s Universidad Alfonso X, he transferred to Indiana University South Bend, where he finished completing his undergraduate music studies in the spring of 2021. At IUSB he has been the undergraduate recipient of the 2019-2020 Arts Excellence Award in Music and has been on the Dean’s List since he arrived. He also performs regularly in solo piano recitals, chamber music and orchestral concerts, and as accompanist for different soloists and ensembles.


Adam Frank, Bass

Adam Frank

Adam Frank, Bass, is a newcomer to the South Bend Chamber Singers.  Adam is a Wisconsin native and former Vocal Education Major at University of Wisconsin Platteville.  He has sung low bass as early as 8th grade and enjoys the common bass tropes of octave dropping, sub harmonics and Russian Orthodox Repertoire.  As a performer he has done extensive state solo and ensemble competitions, two stage performances, including one musical, and voice recording for the Catholic radio podcast Young Catholics Respond and other vocal projects with the Patchwork Heart Ministries non-profit.  Adam moved to South Bend in 2018 and works in Administrative Operations with a splash of IT for flavor.  Interests include tabletop gaming, motorcycles, the history of the western music industry and the etymology of words and names.  Bass vocalists Adam looks up to include Tim Foust, Avi Kaplan, Eric Alatorre and Geoff Castellucci.


Rachel Franklin, Alto

Rachel Franklin

Rachel Franklin, Alto, is in their second season with the South Bend Chamber Singers after moving from their home city of Indianapolis. They received their B.S. in Neuroscience from IUPUI-Purdue Indianapolis, where they performed as soprano section leader of University Choir, and their Master’s of Pathology from Indiana University School of Medicine. Rachel received their ASCP licensure in November of 2020, and now works as a Pathologists’ Assistant at the South Bend Medical Foundation in post-surgical and autopsy sciences. When not working or rehearsing, Rachel can be found playing board games with their husband/high-school sweetheart and furry companion, Ozzy, or practicing aerial arts as an amateur aerial circus enthusiast.


Brittney Hale, Alto

Brittney Hale

Brittney Hale, Alto, is in her first year with SBCS. She recently graduated from IUSB with a B.M. in Vocal Performance under Dr. Emmanuel Caraman and now focuses on teaching voice lessons and composition. She is active in the local opera community, singing in the SBLO chorus for Lucia, Cavalleria Rusticana, La Traviata, and Don Giovanni. Her favorite choir experience before joining SBCS, was singing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana for the 2016 IMEA concert. On the rare occasion Brittney is not singing, she enjoys spending time with her cats and dog and settling in with a book or a new show to watch.


Esra Heisey, Bass

Esra Heisey

Esra Heisey, Bass, was born in Wichita, Kansas and raised in the South Bend area. Since ending his studies in Voice performance at Goshen College, he has performed professionally for over a decade. As a full time Realtor in Indiana and Michigan, he is thrilled to have a space to create music with the other fabulous musicians in the South Bend Chamber Singers. When he isn’t working on his home or creating music, you will likely find him and his partners, Lathanial and Micah at an area campground, biking, or wishing that he was.


Mike Hildreth, Bass

Mike Hildreth

Mike Hildreth, Bass, is a Massachusetts 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 wife and son spent five years in Geneva, Switzerland before returning to the U.S. where he and his wife joined the faculty at University of Notre Dame in 2000. He is currently Professor of Physics & Astronomy and Senior Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the Notre Dame College of Science. His research focus is at CERN in experimental particle physics, which makes him one of those “atom smasher” guys. He and his wife enjoy cooking, travel, and outdoor activities, including sailing, cycling, and hiking. This is his twenty-first season with SBCS.


Megan Hire, Soprano

Megan Hire

Megan Hire, Soprano, hails from Fort Wayne, IN. This is her ninth year in the SBCS, and she is very excited for the upcoming season. Currently, Megan works as a substitute teacher for Fort Wayne Community Schools. She received her Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Saint Mary’s College, where she also sang in the Women’s Choir. Megan spent nine years as a singer in the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir under the direction of Fred Meads, former artistic director. In high school, Megan sang in show choir and participated in many of the school’s musicals. Megan’s other interests include traveling, swimming, and watching Notre Dame football.

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David L. Homann, Tenor

David L. Homann

David L. Homann, Tenor, has been with SBCS since its first full season. A former full-time dad, he is constantly on the move in South Bend, serving as a youth group leader, Sunday school teacher, cantor and member of the choir at his church. For almost four years now, David has worked as a driver for the Indiana Donor Network, supporting their mission of saving and improving lives through organ and tissue donation. In between all that, he maintains 12 acres, a large vegetable garden, reads, and plays golf as much as he can.


Emily Klug, Alto Section Leader

Emily Klug

Emily Klug, Alto Section Leader, grew up in Michigan and sang with various ensembles, solo competitions, and musicals in elementary school, high school and college. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from Central Michigan University.  After college, she performed with the Farmington Community Chorus and Perfect Blend vocal jazz ensemble in Farmington Hills, MI.  She and husband, Brad, are residents of South Bend, and are proud parents of son, James, age eight and a half. She has worked for Ford Motor Company, Bayer Healthcare, and Whirlpool in various roles in sales, supply chain, and IT management and is currently Director of Service Parts Distribution with AM General. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, and walking with her dog, Dottie. This is Emily’s sixteenth season with SBCS. Emily serves as SBCS Vice-President.


Fr. Mark Kurowski, Bass

Melaney Miller

Fr. Mark Kurowski, Bass, is a native of South Bend, Indiana and has returned for a sabbatical. Fr. Kurowski earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Indiana University South Bend, a Master of Divinity from Duke University, and an equivalent degree in Priest Studies from the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. He was a bass soloist with the South Suburban Orchestra. He has also sung with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus, Camerata Chorale, Poughkeepsie, NY, and the Indiana University-Bloomington All Male Chorus. His musical roots are in trumpet, where he performed with local South Bend teaching legend, Rocco Germano, and the South Bend Youth Symphony, as well as the South Bend All City Band. He owns a house-flipping company in South Bend, plays trumpet for pleasure, runs for health, and is a true crime enthusiast.  He has taught at Indiana University Northwest and Purdue University Northwest in the areas of philosophy, ethics, and political science. His service in ministry spans nearly 40 years in churches in Indiana, North Carolina, and New York. He is an Independent Catholic Priest and has five children. This is Fr. Mark’s first season with SBCS.


Alexa Liberi, Alto

Alexa Libera

Alexa Liberi, Alto, is elated to begin her second season with SBCS! A transplant from Wilmington, Delaware, she attended Cab Calloway School of the Arts as a Saxophone/Voice major, performing with the JazzChords of Calloway, Wilmington Children’s Chorus, and the Delaware Senior All State Chorus. She studied Human Development/Voice Performance at Virginia Tech and completed her graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology at The University of Delaware, where she served as the vocal soloist for both university jazz ensembles and assisted with “NeuroNotes”- a choir developed for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. Alexa continues to sing professionally with various contemporary bands, and has headlined festivals, clubs, and private events. Aside from voice, Alexa also specializes in swallowing disorders and completed a specialty externship with Johns Hopkins ENT Department working with patients/survivors of head/neck cancer. She relocated upon acceptance of a Speech Pathologist position at The South Bend Clinic Department of Otolaryngology, with a specific aim to provide high quality interdisciplinary services to professional voice users, and to increase community awareness of vocal hygiene, preventative voice care, and voice rehabilitation.

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Steven Mast, Tenor

Steven Mast

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 relocating to New Carlisle. Steven earned undergraduate degrees in music and elementary education from Valparaiso University, an M.A. in reading and literacy studies from Western Michigan University, and an M.S. in counseling and human services from Indiana University. In 2016, he retired after teaching in the Dowagiac, Michigan schools for 25 years. During his career, he taught fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh grades, as well as elementary music. Steven now serves as Director of Student Teaching in the Education Department at Saint Mary’s College, and is Finance Administrator for the Episcopal Cathedral of Saint James. Steven enjoys yoga, cooking, and travel. He was a singer in the inaugural Chanticleer in Sonoma Choral Workshop, and is also Administrator for Epworth Music & Worship Retreat, which he has attended since 1984.


Timothy McFeeters, Bass

Timothy McFeeters

Timothy McFeeters, Bass, has been a member of South Bend Chamber Singers since 2023. He has been an active musician in community and church choirs as well as theatre in South Bend and the surrounding area for several years, and is excited to have a chance to join the members of South Bend Chamber Singers. A lifelong love of the community music experience was the inspiration in earning a bachelors in music education from Andrews University. After graduating, he worked as a teacher before switching to focus more on performances in choir, opera, and musical theatre. When the opportunity permits, he continues to teach music at a local community theatre from the capacity of music director. In his free time, he enjoys biking, swimming, cooking, and acting.


Melaney Miller, Alto

Melaney Miller

Melaney Miller, Alto, is in her fifteenth season with SBCS, and serves on the board as a member-at-large. She hails from Manistee County, Michigan and currently lives in South Bend as an “empty nester” with her boyfriend, Jon. She rejoined the 126th Army Band with the Michigan Army National Guard in 2018 as a percussionist/pianist/vocalist, after a 19 year hiatus. She plays percussion for the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra, and performs freelance work as a piano accompanist, percussionist, and photographer. She spent most of the pandemic on active duty orders in Lansing, helping the State of Michigan with Covid testing and vaccination support and was able to travel home to South Bend most weekends and attend rehearsals. She enjoys golf, salsa dancing, travel, antiquing, and being home.

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Andrew Nemeth, Assistant Director, Tenor Section Leader

Andrew Nemeth

Andrew Nemeth, Tenor Section Leader, returns to SBCS for a tenth season. Andrew is a lifelong resident of South Bend. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Butler University in 2010, studying choral conducting with Eric Stark and Henry Leck, and earned his Master of Music degree in music education from Boston University in 2016. Andrew is Director of Choirs at Penn High School, where he co-teaches seven choirs. He is also Music Director at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in South Bend. In the little free time he has, he enjoys spending time with family, traveling, roasting his own coffee, and entertaining his cat, Zephyr. He would like to take flying lessons in the near future to attain a private pilot license.


Kara O'Malley, Soprano

Kara O'Malley

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 Notre Dame for her undergraduate degree (B.B.A. in accountancy), and quickly followed it up with a master’s (M.A. in theology). Kara served in Catholic parish ministry for nine years, and she currently ministers to her two children full time in addition to being a freelance writer for Catholic publications. She is very excited to have the opportunity to sing with the Chamber Singers for a tenth year.


Betsie Pendarvis, Soprano

Betsy Pendarvis

Betsie Pendarvis, Soprano, returns for her eleventh year with SBCS. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory from Texas Christian University, as well as significant postgraduate study. She served as part-time church choir director in Fort Worth, Texas while raising four children, and then for 21 years, served as Director of Music and Worship for her parish in Salem, Virginia. She and husband, John (also with SBCS), relocated to South Bend to be closer to family. In addition to their daughter in South Bend, Betsie and John have three other adult children in New Orleans, Indianapolis and New Hampshire. Betsie currently spends her time volunteering for the Christ Child Society, knitting, gardening, and helping with grandchildren.



John Pendarvis, Bass

John Pendarvis

John Pendarvis, Bass, begins his eleventh season with SBCS. He is retired after 33 years in executive leadership positions for family service agencies in Texas and Virginia, and moved to South Bend to be closer to family. A native of Houston, Texas, John received his B.A. from Texas Christian University and a Master of Science in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington. From his school years on, John has served as a music minister and song leader for a diversity of liturgies, prayer meetings, retreats and conferences—currently serving as a Cantor at St. Joseph Church. He also plays guitar and trumpet. John and his wife, Betsie, (also a member of SBCS) have four adult children and nine grandchildren. He is a Tour Guide for Sacred Heart Basilica at Notre Dame, and serves on the Board of Directors for several local organizations including Real Services, Forever Learning and the Kiwanis Club of South Bend.

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Lucy Roberds, Soprano

Lucy Roberds

Lucy Roberds, Soprano, is happy to begin her second season with the SBCS. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work degree, with minors in voice performance and Spanish from Anderson University in 2019. She grew up in multiple areas of Indiana, singing in many choirs over the years, including the Anderson University Chorale. In her free time, she enjoys consuming and sharing art and music of all kinds, as well as exercising and spending time in nature. Vocal music is the most natural form of expression for Lucy and she is happy to incorporate group choral singing back in her life.


Jon Sherry, Bass

Jon Sherry

Jon Sherry, Bass, graduated from Bethel College with a degree in Church Music in 1985. He served various congregations until 2011. In 2013 he started working as a Plant Supervisor for Triangle Rubber and Plastics at their Elkhart Plant. Jon has been an intermittent member of the bass section for nine years.


Thomas Speranza, Bass

Thomas Speranza

Thomas Speranza, Bass, is originally a native of Northwest Indiana and moved to South Bend in the summer of 2021. He has many years of experience as a singer and conductor for St. Thomas More’s Schola Cantorum in his hometown of Munster, IN. Between 2016 and 2019, Thomas performed abroad in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and South Africa with various different choral ensembles. A recent graduate of Purdue University Northwest, Thomas continues his lifelong passion for music and is excited to perform his second season with SBCS.


Doug Williamson, Bass

Doug Williamson

Doug Williamson, Bass, is a Montana native who has lived in South Bend for seventeen years, and has been with SBCS for 16½ seasons. Doug sang with Helena Symphony Chorale, Helena, Montana for ten years prior to moving to South Bend and has had much experience with musical theater and dramatic theater. Recently, Doug appeared in the South Bend Civic Theater’s production of Les Misérables, and has also played the role of Voltaire/Dr. Pangloss in Saint Mary’s production of Candide. Doug is a graduate of Carroll College, Helena, Montana (biology) and works for the South Bend Medical Foundation. His hobbies include landscaping, gardening, cooking, travel, and long walks.

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