The Voices

Current members

The Chorus is accompanied by Elaine Van Horn, who has been doing so since 1983.

  • Dave Kammerer, Baritone
  • Dale Gingrich, Baritone
  • Michael Edwards, Baritone
  • Roy Smith, Baritone
  • Ted Burchfield, Baritone
  • Dan Smith, Baritone
  • Bob Weibley, Bass
  • Dan Graybill, Bass
  • Dennis Meiser, Bass
  • Elvin Stoltzfus, Bass
  • Ken Bair, Bass
  • Rich Snook, Bass
  • Matthew Hunsberger, Bass
  • Gabriel Edwards, First Tenor
  • Jeff Wagner, First Tenor
  • Bob Meyer, Second Tenor
  • Clair Heimbach, Second Tenor
  • Garry Sellers, Second Tenor
  • Joe Bair, Second Tenor
  • John “Jack” Van Horn, Second Tenor
  • John Gingrich, Second Tenor
  • David Stimeling, Second Tenor
  • Dennis Sassaman, Second Tenor

In Memoriam

Robert L. Diffenderfer (1931-2022) sang first tenor and served as the Chorus treasurer from for nearly 60 years. He always had a smile and laugh at the ready, even if we sang from the back of Gospel Quartets. He last sang with the Chorus in 2022.

Larry L. Sellers (1947-2022) was an incredibly faithful part of the Chorus. He began singing–along with his twin brother Garry, who still sings!–second tenor as a very young man in 1962. He served many years as president and vice-president of the group. He last sang with the Chorus at practice in 2022.

A. Lloyd Brubaker (1945-2022) sang baritone and was the assistant director of the Chorus. He last sang with the Chorus in 2021. His extensive familiarity with a cappella signing was a great asset to the group.

Wayne W. Goodling (1922-2020) sang bass and served many years as president and vice-president of the Chorus. He rebound by hand many of our copies of Gospel Quartets. Wayne began singing upon his return home from WWII in 1947 and was devoted to the group for the remainder of his life. He last sang with the Chorus in 2019, spanning 73 seasons with us.

Louis R. DiGiulio (1924-2018) was assistant director.

Donovan E. Diffenderfer (1934-2016) sang bass in his second stint with the Chorus. He joined the group in the 1950s before life took him far from Bunkertown in ministry. In his retirement, he rejoined us and sang until 2016.

Thelma I. (Leister) Fogleman (1921-2016) was the original pianist for the Chorus, when she was only 12. She last played for the group in the early 2010’s, assisting in practice.

Jay M. Heisey (1930-2016) was assistant director of the Chorus and sang baritone.

Elwood R. Lauver (1941-2016)

Timothy A. Carvell (1951-2016)

Merrill J. Benner (1926-2015) sang first tenor.

Joshua A. Mott (1982-2013)

Lyle F. Karpenko (1938-2013) sang baritone.

Rev. Norman D. Yeater (1963-2013)

Rev. Forrest B. Gordon (1918-2010) sang baritone.

Clair P. Ferster (1931-2009) alternately sang both first tenor and bass.

Newton E. Hokenbrough (1915-2007) sang first tenor.

Kenneth W. Gearhart (1918-2007)

O. LeRoy Baney (1927-2006) sang second tenor.

Donald W. Bashore (1917-2004) was director of the Chorus for 30 years, from 1967-1997 and sang baritone.

Donald H. Hower (1928-2004) sang first tenor.

Clarence S. Page (1920-2004)

W. Lester Landis (1922-2003) sang second tenor.

C. Richard Landis (1924-2003) sang bass.

Eugene A. Fuhrman (1916-2002) sang second tenor.

David B. Keller (1923-2001)

Ronald D. Helwig (1937-2000) sang second tenor.

J. Paul French (1919-2000)

Lloyd R. Brubaker (1906-1998) sang first tenor.

Ray J. Carvell (1910-1996)

Carl G. Shelley (1906-1995)

David I. Shellenberger (1904-1993) was a founding member of the Chorus, singing second tenor.

Clair J. Carvell (1916-1993)

Merrill H. Gingrich (1899-1990) was a founding member of the Chorus, singing first tenor.

Earl A. Strawser (1910-1987) was a founding member of the Chorus, singing bass.

Roy S. Strawser (1914-1986)

Harold A. Douty (1912-1984) was director of the Chorus.

Rev. Carl C. Bossler (1893-1982)

John A. Ferster (1904-1977)

Roy S. Ferster (1901-1970) was the founding director of the Chorus.

Edward E. Strawser (1883-1969) was a founding member of the Chorus, singing baritone.

Charles R. Varner (1916-1967)

Raymond C. Snyder (1892-1966) was a founding member of the Chorus, singing first tenor.

Clay A. Dressler (1891-1957) was a founding member of the Chorus, singing bass.

Paul S. Page (1911-1951) was a founding member of the Chorus, singing baritone.

Menno B. Glick (1909-1948) was a founding member of the Chorus, singing second tenor.

Former singers

  • Rev. Dave McElwee
  • Ben Diffenderfer
  • Karl Ammerman
  • Scotty Meiser
  • Bryson Sirgey
  • Bill Landis
  • Dean Yeater
  • Derek Lentz
  • Fred Longenecker
  • Marvin Zimmerman
  • Jim Landis
  • Brittin Stimeling
  • Joe Varner
  • Ben Miller
  • Roger Varner
  • J. Arthur Mott
  • Jason A. Mott
  • Mike Foltz
  • Andy Stouffer
  • Andrew Kramm
  • Quentin Reinford
  • Melvin Shoemaker
  • Ed Weaver
  • Bob Bender
  • Gene Hoffmaster, who also assisted directing
  • Harold Lukens
  • Rick Becker
  • Dick Graybill
  • Kenny Bossler
  • Ken Ferster
  • Dr. Fred Benner, accompanist

Wayne Goodling posited that over 150 men have sung with the Chorus since 1934. If accurate, this page is missing about one-third of them! Who is not recognized here? Let us know via our contact form.