Ensemble in Residence
South Bend Chamber Singers Nancy Menk, Director
The South Bend Chamber Singers, an ensemble-in-residence at Saint Mary’s College, was founded in 1989. The 30 members have extensive musical backgrounds, but their current professions range from carpenters and ministers to lawyers and college professors. The choir draws its members from throughout north central Indiana and southwestern Michigan. The ensemble concentrates on works by living composers, but its repertoire includes traditional compositions and unusual and complex arrangements. They have performed with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Germany’s Chamber Orchestra of the Rhine, the Avalon, Cavani, and Chester String Quartets, and the Walker Chapel Brass. From 1994 to 2001, the Chamber Singers were featured annually on The First Art, heard nationally on over 275 public and commercial radio stations. They have performed on area concert series in LaPorte and Warsaw, Indiana and Niles, Michigan, and were invited to give the opening concert for the Indiana Choral Directors Association summer conventions in 1993 and 1997. They were also selected to perform for the Central Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in 1996 (Cincinnati) and 2002 (Chicago). In 2000, the Singers were one of five finalists for the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, given annually by Chorus America. Since 1992 their efforts have been rewarded by annual grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, and in 2004 they won the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming. For more information and to order CDs, visit the Chamber Singers website.