BACHS choir’s mission is to offer students of home educating families the opportunity to grow musically through quality music instruction within the context of a developmental music program. The choir seeks to musically enrich its members using principles, techniques, methods, and choral literature and will foster a lifelong appreciation of choral music through preparation and performances to glorify God and serve our community.
Concert Choir Director
Mr. Don Lusk is an honor graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He studied voice and choral conducting with Professor Shelton McGee, director of the university’s Vesper Choir for 41 years. As a member of the Vesper Choir, Mr. Lusk served as tenor soloist and was president during his sophomore and senior years. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 1979, he taught high school choral music in the Ashley County School District in southern Arkansas. He has done graduate work in choral conducting at Arkansas State University, Northeast Louisiana University and the University of Wisconsin.
Mr. Lusk serves on the Board of Directors of SMI-CREDO Chamber Music and is choir director at Christ Church, PCA in Normal, IL. He is employed as a Property and Casualty Consultant for a major insurance company.
Cantate Choir Director
Angela Bargmann assumed responsibility for the Cantate Choir in February, 2016. Mrs. Bargmann is a licensed K-12 music teacher who moved to Bloomington in 2010 from St. Paul, Minnesota where she taught and directed music in schools, churches and children’s theater companies. Since moving to Central Illinois, she has music directed shows for Corn Stock Theatre and Community Players and serves on the Board of Directors for Prairie Fire Theatre. She currently directs choirs at Trinity Lutheran Church and teaches private voice and piano lessons.
Angela began work with Music Connections Foundation as the Director of Community Choristers in the fall of 2014. Angela received her Kindermusik license in the Spring of 2015 and begins teaching Kindermusik for MCF in the fall of 2015.
Treble Choir Director
Mrs. Shishi Cai was appointed Staff Accompanist for the Concert Choir in August 2015. She is a graduate of Illinois State University, with a Masters degree in Music Performance (piano) and Music Therapy. Mrs. Cai has accompanied the main choirs of the music school including ISU’s University Concert Choir, Men’s Glee Club, Women’s Choir, Belle Voix (Women’s Chamber Choir) as well as many vocal and other instrument students. She is married to Ben and has one daughter.
Jonathan Nagle is an accomplished young pianist, who is currently assisting our Cantate & Treble Choirs. Jon is a student of Lori Parsons (Parsons’ Prestos Studio – Bloomington), and also accompanies the Christ Church, PCA Junior Choir. He also plays for the local nursing home ministry of Christ Church as well. He has participated in the Illinois Federation of Music Club’s Festivals for many years, and has received many “Superior” ratings. Jon is the son of Robert & Mary Beth Nagle of Bloomington.