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Artistic Staff & Singers

Dr. Mary Kay Geston

Artistic Managing Director

Mary Kay Geston has led Great River Chorale since 2010. She has taught at universities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado, and South Dakota, was the founding conductor of the Fargo-Moorhead Choral Artists and the Minneapolis Vocal Consort, and conducts the Minnesota Music Teachers Association annual Honors Concert. Dr. Geston has been a guest conductor across the USA and in Taiwan and South Korea, and has been a presenter and panelist at state, regional and national professional conferences. She is past president of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) North Central Region and ACDA of Minnesota, past chair of ACDA-MN’s F. Melius Cristiansen Endowment Fund Committee, and received ACDA of Minnesota’s 2012 Choral Director of the Year award.

Barbara Brooks

Collaborative Pianist

Vocal coach and pianist Barbara Brooks has worked with opera companies in the USA and Canada and is on staff at the Wesley Balk Opera/Music Theatre Institute. She has been a music director for Theatre de la Jeune Lune and The Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company, and coached opera at universities in Texas, Colorado and Minnesota. Barb studied with Gyorgy Sandor, Martin Isepp, and at England’s Britten-Pears School.

Fall 2021 Choir Personnel

Artistic staff

  • Mary Kay Geston, conductor Sponsored by Gary Sneide
  • Barbara Brooks, pianist Sponsored by Lucia Magney and by Mary Kay Geston in loving memory of Marlin Johnson


  • Deborah Ferrell
  • Dené Dryden
  • Anita FischerSponsored by Don Fischer and Mike & Jeanne Woods
  • Iris Kolodji
  • Amanda Konnight
  • Amanda Koubsky Sponsored by Cindy & Bob Koubsky
  • Nina Lasceski, OSBSponsored by Gary Osberg
  • Mary Luna
  • Ardis Nelson
  • Marit Ortega
  • Stephanie Otremba
  • Mariah Sands
  • Lori Satterness
  • Jennifer Schroeder
  • Carol Showalter
  • Amy Walker


  • Eileen FarrellSponsored by Tom Farrell
  • Lisa FinkenSponsored by Mahowald Insurance
  • Kate Gardner
  • Donna Harris Sponsored by Delores Weatherill and Roberta Basol
  • Anne Meyer Jarrell
  • Chris Ann Johnson
  • Jean Kraft
  • Gayle Larson
  • Leah Mockenhaupt
  • Maureen Otremba Sponsored by Jim Otremba
  • Natalie Ringsmuth
  • Lori Roggenkamp
  • Marcelyn SmaleSponsored by Stephen Berglund
  • Claire StudtSponsored by Larry Studt
  • Kerry TrnkaSponsored by Lauren Vick
  • Amber Fischer Wright


  • Aaron Athas
  • Gregg Bendtsen
  • Paul Houston
  • Mark Nelson
  • Aelred Senna, OSB
  • Mike Stadther
  • Brad Ufer
  • Don Waage
  • Chuck Wright


  • Wayne Anderson
  • Bill Cook
  • Dennis Douma
  • Dirk Edmonds
  • John Litzau
  • Tim Ostby
  • Paul Paddock
  • Dennis Raymond
  • Ross Resley
  • Tim Rysavy
  • Gary Sneide Sponsored by Ozzie Mayers in loving memory of Stephen Fuller
  • Chris Stadther
  • Charles WelterSponsored by Gloria Jellum, Cheryl Monson, MOverland Consulting , Debra Rakieten, Lee Zimmerley, and Judith Welter