Location: Minnesota, USA
Great River Chorale is an auditioned community choir based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, whose fifty-plus members come from sixteen communities across central Minnesota. The ensemble presents a much-heralded annual concert series in and around St. Cloud, and is the principal choral partner of the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra. Recent choral-orchestral collaborations include such masterworks as the Mozart Requiem, Borodin Polovtsian Dances, Ravel Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2, and Holst The Planets. In December 2014 Great River Chorale released "A Merry Little Christmas," a CD featuring new and classic holiday music. The choir has been featured numerous times on Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Regional Spotlight and was selected to be on MPR’s 2013 Home for the Holidays promotional CD. Recently Great River Chorale was named a headline performer for the Northern Voice Festival, a new month-long celebration of the choral art in Minnesota. As part of the festival the choir will present a concert in the Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul at 10 a.m., April 25, 2015. Great River Chorale seeks to inspire 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, and is proud to be part of the thriving arts community in central Minnesota.
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