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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, 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 received the 2012 Choral Director of the Year award from the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota.

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 2020 Virtual Choir Personnel

Artistic staff

  • Mary Kay Geston, conductor Sponsored by Charles & Judy Welter, Judi Boe, Janet & Bob Johnson
  • Barbara Brooks, pianist Sponsored by Gary Sneide


  • Deborah Ferrell
  • Anita Fischer Sponsored by Don Fischer, Mike & Jeanne Woods
  • Becky Kapsner
  • Amanda Koubsky Sponsored by Cindy & Bob Koubsky
  • Nina Lasceski, OSBSponsored by Gary Osberg
  • Ardis Nelson Sponsored by Stephanie Rindelaub
  • Marit Ortega Sponsored by Judi Boe
  • Lori Satterness Sponsored by Judi Boe, Beste & Associates, A private wealth practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
  • Mariah Sands
  • Amber Sazama
  • Jennifer Schroeder
  • Carol Showalter
  • Amy Walker


  • Carol Copeland
  • Eileen Farrell
  • Lisa FinkenSponsored by Mahowald Insurance Agency, LLC
  • Kate Gardner
  • Donna Harris Sponsored by Mark Holm & Susie Osaki Holm, Karen Larken, Roberta Basol
  • Emma Hohulin Sponsored by Amy & Tim Hohulin
  • Chris Ann Johnson Sponsored by Bill & Judy Morgan
  • Gayle Larson
  • Maureen Otremba Sponsored by Jim Otremba
  • Marit Ripley
  • Lori Roggenkamp
  • Marcelyn SmaleSponsored by Steve Berglund
  • Claire Studt
  • Kerry Trnka


  • Aaron Athas
  • Gregg Bengtsen
  • Matthew Ferrell
  • Paul Houston
  • Mark NelsonSponsored by Stephanie Rindelaub
  • Don Waage


  • Wayne Anderson
  • Bill Cook
  • Jon Copeland
  • Dennis Douma
  • Dennis Raymond
  • Ross Resley
  • Gary Sneide Sponsored by Ozzie Mayers in memory of Stephen Fuller
  • Charles WelterSponsored by Judy Welter, Gloria Jellum, Lee Zimmerley, Cheryl Monson, Maribeth Overland, Debra Rakieten, Michael Welter, Mary Schmolke, Joshua Guyer, Beste & Associates, A private wealth practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC