About Us

About Anima

Anima is a world class youth choral organization, founded in 1964, which is internationally renowned for the quality of choral education and performance it provides. Formerly the Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, Anima welcomes young people from Kindergarten through High School in various ensemble programs.

Anima /AH-Nee-Mah/ Is The Latin Word For Breath, Life, Soul, Spirit.

The joy of singing, fun, friendship, skill mastery, sharing, self-expression, professionalism, discovery, learning, teamwork, self-assessment, outstanding opportunities.

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Anima welcomes young people from Kindergarten through High School in various ensemble programs.

Our Team

Charles Sundquist Artistic Director anima singers glen ellyn chorus

Charles Sundquist Artistic Director

Dr. Charles Sundquist was named Artistic Director of Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus in 2018. Dr. Sundquist relocated to the Chicago area from New Jersey where he was Director of Choirs at Mountain Lakes High School and Princeton High School.

Lori Boyer Assistant Music Director anima singers glen ellyn chorus

Lori Boyer Assistant Music Director

Mrs. Lori Boyer brings energy, passion, and twenty years of experience in choral conducting, music education and vocal performance to her work as Assistant Music Director of Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus. Mrs. Boyer is the conductor of the Treble Chorus, Treble Plus and Concert Chorus, and also teaches students through Anima’s DREAM Initiative. Mrs. Boyer began singing when she was the age of the KidSingers, and enjoys sharing her love of singing and choral music with students of all ages!

Sally Hepler KidSingers Instructor Anima singers glen ellyn chorus

Sally Hepler KidSingers Instructor

Sally Hepler teaches general music, choir, and drama at Hall Elementary School in Aurora, IL and loves every second of it. She holds a Masters of Music Education from Vandercook College of Music and a Bachelors of Music Education from Indiana Wesleyan University. Born and raised an Ohio State Buckeye, Mrs. Hepler now resides in Woodridge, Illinois with her wonderful husband. She has had the pleasure of performing in numerous plays, musicals and operas, as well as singing in various collegiate choirs.

William Buhr Bill Principal Accompanist Anima singers glen ellyn chorus

William Buhr Principal Accompanist

Enjoying a national reputation as an accompanist, chamber musician, adjudicator and clinician, William Buhr’s work as a collaborative pianist has taken him to performing engagements in over thirty countries on six continents. Holding degrees from the University of Illinois and DePaul University, Mr. Buhr is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and holds membership in many other professional organizations. He has enjoyed an association with Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus since 1984.

Daniel Segner Treble Chorus Accompanist Anima singers glen ellyn chorus

Daniel Segner Treble Chorus Accompanist

Mr. Segner currently holds the position of Director of Music at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. He was the Principal Organist for First United Methodist Church at Chicago Temple in the city, and he is a faculty member at Music Makers of Western Springs where he teachers piano, voice and organ. Recent performances in Chicago have included the Elliot Chapel, Loyola University, and Paul Manz Organ Recital Series. As a collaborator, Mr. Segner has performed with Chorus Angelorum Civitas (Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber group), and with the Valparaiso University and La Porte Symphony Orchestras. He was awarded the Ronald F. Reidenbach Prize in Church Music, the Signature Artist Award, and was a finalist in the Schweitzer Young Professional Organ Competition. Having earned his Bachelor of Music in Church Music/Organ Performance under Dr. Lorraine Brugh, Mr. Segner is a graduate of Valparaiso University.

Jeremy Zimmer concert chorus accompanist Anima singers glen ellyn chorus

Jeremy Zimmer Concert Chorus Accompanist

Jeremy Zimmer is a Chicago based composer, organist, and pianist. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Concordia University Chicago in 2017, and has recently received his Masters in Music in Composition from DePaul university. He holds the position of organist at Grace Lutheran Church in Mount Prospect, where he helps to lead worship services weekly. He has accompanied both singers and instrumentalists on many occasions, including concerts, masterclasses and private lessons. He joins Anima as the new Concert Chorus accompanist this year.
Carolyn Kunzler

Carolyn Kunzler Operations & Finance Manager

Ms. Kunzler joins Anima with an extensive background in finance. She has a BA in Child Psychology as well as a minor in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Northern Illinois University. She started her professional career in banking before becoming a CPS Specialist for four years in Austin, Texas. She returned to Illinois and began re-pursuing her finance background. She was the Business Manager for Montini Catholic High School in Lombard for seven years. Most recently she has been working as a trade expert for CPG companies such as Hillshire Brands and Reynolds Consumer Products to name a few. She has two grown children, Kylie and Daniel. Her daughter graduated from SEMO University with a degree in classical music and is currently singing for U.S. Army in North Carolina. Her son is currently working in the restoration business and resides in Illinois. She is excited about combining her love of music, children and finance to assist Anima in reaching its financial and operational goals.

“Anima /AH-Nee-Mah/
Is The Latin Word For Breath, Life, Soul, Spirit.”