Our Choir Directors

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

Concert Choir DirectorMr. 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.

E-mail:  DonLusk1998@yahoo.com

Cantate Choir Director

Angela Bargmann

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.

E-mail:  Angela.Bargmann@gmail.com

Treble Choir Director

Ellen Losey joined BACHS in 2014 as Treble Choir director.  She is an alumna of BACHS, having graduated from the program in 2005.  A recent graduate of Illinois Wesleyan with BM degree in vocal performance, she studied with Professors Jamie-Ross Guarrine and Robert Mangialardi and was a member of IWU’s Collegiate Choir under the direction of Dr. J. Scott Ferguson.   The oldest daughter of a long-time homeschooling family, Ellen enjoys reading, spending time with her family, community theater and playing with the family’s two cats.  She also participates in local performances at Miller Park Summer Theater, Community Players and Prairie Fire Theater.
 E-mail:  glosey24@gmail.com

Accompanists

Janet Frevert joined the Concert Choir in October 2017 as accompanist. Janet graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a major in piano. She has taught elementary music in the public schools as well as maintaining a small private studio. Over the years, Janet has been rehearsal/pit pianist for many productions at Community Players, church pianist and vocal and instrumental accompanist. Since her retirement from State Farm a few years ago, Janet keeps busy accompanying The Heartland Songbirds and BACHS Choir, as well as providing music in the BroMenn atrium and being part of Thirty Fingers, the well-known local piano trio.

 

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.