ABOUT GREAT RIVER CHORALE

Great River Chorale at Hester Park, Saint loud, Minnesota. (Photo: Sunny Day Pictures, Kris Fremo)

Great River Chorale at Hester Park, Saint loud, Minnesota. (Photo: Sunny Day Pictures, Kris Fremo)

GREAT RIVER CHORALE is an acclaimed adult choir based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, that enriches the community through choral excellence. Our fifty auditioned singers live in seventeen Central Minnesota communities, range in age from 25 to 80, and share their love of singing choral music at the highest possible level. We are proud to be the principal choral partner of the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, and we collaborate with local and regional artists and ensembles such as the Cantabile Girls’ Choirs, choirs from SCSU, CSB/SJU and public schools, Minnesota Dance Ensemble, Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, Laura Caviani Trio, and many more. Since 2010 the ensemble has been led by Dr. Mary Kay Geston, named 2012 Choral Director of the Year by the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota. Barbara Brooks is the ensemble’s collaborative pianist.

  • Principal choral partner of the Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra since 2013

  • Selected 4 times (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019) for Classical Minnesota Public Radio’s  Taste of the Holidays CD featuring MN's best regional ensembles and frequently heard on Classical MPR’s Regional Spotlight and Choral Stream

  • Toured and presented concerts in Ireland in June 2018

  • Beautiful River CD of American folksongs, hymns and spirituals released in 2018 and A Merry Little Christmas CD of holiday music released in 2015

  • One of ten headline performers at the 2015 Northern Voice Festival at the Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul, MN

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization founded in 2001

Great River Chorale performs at the Morrison County Historical Society’s “Manuscripts & Wine” event at Scandia Valley Vineyards, September 2018.

Great River Chorale performs at the Morrison County Historical Society’s “Manuscripts & Wine” event at Scandia Valley Vineyards, September 2018.

Great River Chorale performs in a 2016 benefit concert for mental health awareness and suicide prevention sponsored by PFLAG of Central Minnesota.

Great River Chorale performs in a 2016 benefit concert for mental health awareness and suicide prevention sponsored by PFLAG of Central Minnesota.

Great River Chorale performing with the Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra at Kimberly A. Ritsche Auditorium on the campus of Saint Cloud State University.

Great River Chorale performing with the Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra at Kimberly A. Ritsche Auditorium on the campus of Saint Cloud State University.

Great River Chorale in concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Saint Cloud, Minnesota ca. 2012.

Great River Chorale in concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Saint Cloud, Minnesota ca. 2012.

OUR MISSION: Enriching the community through choral excellence
OUR VALUES: Inspiring connection, community and learning through the choral art
OUR VISION: Great River Chorale seeks to inspire a lifelong appreciation of the choral art by connecting with,
enriching, and educating the community through performances of choral music at the highest artistic level.