About Us


Sousa colorAdjustedCrop Gerald Sousa has held the position of BCS Artistic Director since 1989. Dr. Sousa received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his doctorate in Choral Conducting, summa cum laude, from Indiana University. He has held positions at the University of New Orleans, Dartmouth College, and the University of North Carolina, and has performed professionally at the Aspen Summer Music Festival. Dr. Sousa is currently Director of Music at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Bloomington, and is active as an arts advocate and technology consultant. He has served on the boards of local arts organizations, including the former Bloomington Area Arts Council, which he led as President for a number of years.


The mission of the Bloomington Chambers Singers is to perform choral works and, thereby, provide opportunities for performance, education, and community service for the Bloomington area.


Bloomington Chamber Singers (BCS) is a community-based, nonprofit corporation registered with Indiana and Federal agencies, and owned and governed by its singers, each of whom is a voting member of the Corporation.

BCS provides a rare opportunity for amateur singers to perform major choral works and to hone their craft under the guidance of a professional conductor. The excellence of the ensemble is reflected by the large number of individuals who audition each year, the group’s membership continuity, the consistently large audiences we draw from Bloomington and several surrounding counties, and our laudatory reviews. Over the years, BCS has increased in size, developed an effective governing infrastructure with appropriate financial resources, and most importantly achieved a well-recognized high level of musicianship and breadth of repertoire.

Art is one of the most characteristic human activities there is, enriching and improving us all. There is, simply put, no culture anywhere in the world that does not sing, and our activities provide something no other community organization does. We are not a religious group per se, although the greatest number of our concerts are centered on the religious music of the West because that is where the repertoire of our common cultural tradition lies.  Our first choices are always aesthetic, but we are cognizant of the values of the communities we serve and try to choose pieces that are not only beautiful but valuable emotionally and intellectually.

In addition to our annual concert series, BCS enriches the community in other ways. During the holiday season we carol on the Courthouse Square and in downtown shopping areas.  For many years, BCS has invited the public to join in an open sing-along of the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. An average of 300 singers and listeners attend each year to enjoy this annual tradition, which benefits the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.


BCS is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors, elected by the members.  The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the corporation and works closely with the Music Director in managing the activities of the group. Typically, our singers compose the Board, although occasionally a member is drawn from the larger community.

The music staff consists of three paid professionals:

1. Music Director (Gerald Sousa): The Music Director is responsible for the artistic direction of the ensemble, developing each season’s concert schedule and overseeing the musical preparation.

2. Assistant Music Director (Paul Pisano): The Assistant Director acts in close collaboration with the Music Director in the preparation for and production of all our activities. Dr. Paul Pisano holds master’s and doctoral degrees in piano performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. As a faculty member at Kenyon College and Iowa State University, he taught piano performance, music theory, ear training, keyboard harmony, and Italian language, while serving as music director for opera workshop and musical theatre and as faculty accompanist. He has worked as staff pianist at the Opera and Music Theatre Festival of Lucca (Italy) and the Utah Festival Opera Company. Since moving to Bloomington in 2002, he has been a frequent independent collaborator and vocal coach for graduate and undergraduate voice majors at the Jacobs School of Music and has begun a second career as a published composer and arranger.

3. Accompanist (Vicki King): The accompanist provides the piano support during rehearsals and frequently also is a member of the concert orchestra. Dr. Vicki King has degrees in piano from Mississippi University for Women and Indiana University. Her Doctor of Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy is from the University of Mississippi. She holds a Performer’s Certificate in Piano from the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria, and studied piano in Cologne, Germany. She retired to Bloomington in 2014 after serving as Coordinator of Piano Studies at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. She works at the Jacobs School of Music as a ballet accompanist and coaches pianists in specialized, injury-free technique.

In addition to the core music staff, BCS engages soloists and instrumentalists as appropriate to the repertoire. BCS maintains a close working relationship with the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and is privileged to collaborate frequently with outstanding faculty and student artists.

Our Current Board Members:
Pat Slabach (President)
Lisa Kurz (Vice-President)
Justin Ahmann (Secretary)
David Rohlfing (Treasurer)
Jan Allen
Michelle Clark
Abigail Harris
Carole MacKay
Claire Tafoya
Bernadette Zoss
Paul Pisano (ex officio)
Gerry Sousa (ex officio)