Bloomington Area Choir for Home Schoolers (BACHS) was established in September 1998, after several home schooling families agreed that a choir would meet a specific need for local home school children. The group had an initial enrollment of 27, growing to 88 students four years later. The choir serves all interested home educated students from ages 8 to 18.
The choir was originally called B-N Home School Choir, and was organized under the direction of Don Lusk, a former high school music teacher and his wife, Angela. Both felt the call to lead this effort through the home schooling community as a ministry. Mrs. Wendy Seiler was our first accompanist. In September 2000, Mrs. Patricia Cole became accompanist, and served the choir for 15 years.
In 2006, the choir was divided into two groups to better accommodate growth. Enrollment peaked at 135 students. The Treble Choir was organized to serve students ages 8-12, and was directed by Ms. Jessica Doddek until 2010. Students who were well versed on piano accompanied the Treble Choir and include Jane Cole Harrison, Taylor Alsdorf, Summer Lusk, and Megan Schwenk. Ms. Anna Bates became director of the Treble Choir in 2010 and served two years. In 2013, Ellen Losey, a former graduate of BACHS was appointed Director of the Treble Choir and serves in that capacity to date. An Honor’s Choir served older (high school) students, and was directed by Don Lusk.
Again in 2012, there was a need further divide the group to accommodate growing voices. The Cantate Choir was established to assist with developing younger voices in middle school vocal range. Mrs. Bethany Ross served as conductor until January 2016, and was followed by Mrs. Angela Bargmann, who continues to serve today. Accompanists that have served include Anna Bates, Jennifer Booker-Smith and John Nagle.
The Honor’s choir eventually became the Concert Choir, and is the premiere group of BACHS. The Concert Choir performs locally at civic and community functions, local hospitals and retirement residences and luncheons. Admission to the Concert Choir is by audition, and is skills based. There are no age limits as each student is judged on his/her ability to meet all requirements of the audition process (sight-reading, vocal ability, aural skills and deportment). Accompanists for the Honor’s / Concert Choir include Mrs. Patricia Cole; Mrs. Shishi Cai and Ms. Janet Frevert.
BACHS received non-profit status in 2015. A Board of Directors oversees the governance of the organization, with an Executive Director being responsible for the day to day operations. BACHS has had several students participate in the IMEA Honors All State Choir, and the Millikin University Annual Vocal Festival.
Each choir within BACHS participate in our Christmas and Annual Spring Concerts each year.
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