MISSION

Enriching the community through choral excellence


VALUES

Inspiring connection, community and learning through the choral art


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.


ABOUT GRC

Great River Chorale is an auditioned community choir based in St. Cloud that is committed to inspiring 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. Each year the chorale presents highly anticipated holiday concerts, collaborative concerts with local and regional guest artists, and free outreach concerts. Great River Chorale has been featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Regional Spotlight and was recently named the principal choral partner of the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra.

GRC was founded in 2001 and has had four artistic directors including David Scholz (2001-06), Lee Nelson (2006-09), Erick Lichte (2009-10), and Mary Kay Geston (2010 - present). Matthew Ferrell served as interim conductor in 2011-12. GRC celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2010 by commissioning Minnesota composer David Dickau to write a new piece to commemorate this milestone. Spring Carol, Dickau's buoyant musical portrait of spring, is a setting of a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson and received its world premiere at GRC's tenth anniversary concert on April 30, 2011. 

Artistic and Administrative Staff

Mary Kay Geston, Artistic Director and Conductor
William White, Accompanist
Deborah Ferrell, Business Manager
Chris Ann Johnson, Librarian
Jennifer Pearson Hennen, Webmaster

 

Board of Directors

Kate Gardner, President
Dennis Douma, Vice President
Connie Taylor, Treasurer
Stephen Fuller
Maureen McCarter
Jennifer Pearson Hennen
Mary Kay Geston, ex officio
Deborah Ferrell, ex officio

 

Great River Chorale Singers

Soprano 1
Debbie Baumgartner
Caroline Duncan *Sponsored by Firehouse Subs
Deborah Ferrell
Maureen Fox-Meyer
Ardis Nelson
Janna Tonkinson
Laura Triggs

Soprano 2
Susan Cogdill
Donna Harris
Marit Ortega
Jennifer Pearson Hennen
Lori Satterness
Holli Zieske

Alto 1
Janet Anderson
Carol Copeland
Kris Fremo
Brenda Handel-Johnson
Pam Moench
Lori Roggenkamp

Alto 2 
Amy Bussey
Kate Gardner *Sponsored by Douglas & Diana Lawrence
Chris Ann Johnson
Molly McAlister
Anne Meyer
Lena Unger
Connie Taylor *Sponsored by Lee & James Kent

Tenor 1
Chris Nhotsavang
Jason Parker
Br. Aelred Senna

Tenor 2 
Matthew Ferrell *Sponsored by Joan & Ross Ferrell
Andy Johnson
Jason Kaiser
Mark Nelson

Bass 1 
John Eggers
Stephen Fuller
Scott Johnson
Nelson Mitchell
Mike Morey Behr
Dennis Raymond
Mike Schneider
Derek Tonkinson

Bass 2 
Wayne Anderson *Sponsored by the Salem Sanctuary Choir
Bill Cook
Dennis Douma *Sponsored by Donald Douma
John Litzau *Sponsored by Chase and Andrew Litzau
Alex Schmitz