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Deborah Ferrell

Location: Minnesota, USA

Great River Chorale

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
Deborah Ferrell, Business Manager

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