Photo by Thomas Patrick Photography

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.

Spring 2022 Choir Personnel

Artistic staff

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


  • Deborah Ferrell
  • Dené Dryden
  • Amanda Koubsky Sponsored by Cindy & Bob Koubsky
  • Nina Lasceski, OSBSponsored by Gary Osberg
  • Mary Luna
  • Ana Miller
  • Ardis Nelson Sponsored by Stephanie Rindelaub
  • Marit Ortega
  • Stephanie Otremba
  • Mariah Sands
  • Lori Satterness Sponsored by Neil Satterness
  • Jennifer Schroeder
  • Carol ShowalterSponsored by Brad Petry
  • 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 Sponsored by the Salem Lutheran Church Sanctuary Choir
  • Jean KraftSponsored by Mark Larcom
  • Gayle LarsonSponsored by Karl Johnson and Lester and Teresa Johnson
  • Maureen Otremba Sponsored by Jim Otremba
  • Lori Roggenkamp
  • Marcelyn SmaleSponsored by Stephen Berglund
  • Claire StudtSponsored by Larry Studt
  • Kerry TrnkaSponsored by Lauren Vick
  • Amber Wright


  • Gregg BendtsenSponsored by Jayne Hoese
  • Paul Houston
  • Mark NelsonSponsored by Stephanie Rindelaub
  • Aelred Senna, OSB
  • Mike Stadther
  • Barry Toland
  • Don Waage
  • Chuck Wright


  • Wayne Anderson
  • Bill Cook
  • Dennis Douma
  • Dirk Edmonds
  • Tim Ostby
  • Paul Paddock
  • 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