Great Rivers Choral Society, Inc., which was founded in the fall of 2001, is an adult chorus of mixed voices whose objective is to foster and encourage music education and appreciation in southwestern Illinois. The choir is made up of 40-60 volunteer artists from all age groups and walks of life who enjoy singing and are looking for a means of expressing collectively their vocal talents
The goals of GRCS include building and sustaining a strong choral organization in the River Bend area, which will attract a growing audience of music lovers. In addition, the Society will focus on increasing the diversity and difficulty of music the chorus performs by using the expertise of the Music Director and the other members of the chorus with professional music training. Both the chorus members and the audiences will have their appreciation and knowledge of music expanded with this exposure. With this increase in repertoire, the chorus will be able to appeal to varied musical tastes and hence reach additional audiences.
Missions Statement :
The purpose of Great Rivers Choral Society, Inc,. is to promote, encourage and foster the educational and cultural enrichment of its members and residents of communities located in southwestern Illinois and Missouri near the conjunction of the Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois rivers through study and performance of choral music by:
Establishing an adult chorus of mixed voices that will strive to grow in ability and excellence continually. Creating a learning atmosphere conducive to the skill development of its members by utilizing a music repertoire diverse in style.