Location: Minnesota, USA
Great River Chorale is a vibrant 55-voice auditioned community choir based in St. Cloud whose talented and committed members come from sixteen communities across central Minnesota. Each year the chorale presents highly anticipated holiday concerts, collaborative concerts with local and regional guest artists, and free outreach concerts. GRC is now in its fourteenth season and was named the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra’s principal choral partner in 2013. GRC has been featured many times on Classical Minnesota Public Radio’s Regional Spotlight and was selected for MPR’s 2013 Taste of the Holidays CD.
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