A local choir has a new director. The Great Rivers Choral Society welcomes Alton native Raynard Brown to the group and he's already off and running with new ideas for the season. The schedule is nearly finalized with dates and locations to come soon, but rehearsals are already underway.

Brown grew up in Alton, but until recently, had been living and teaching in southwestern Missouri. He tells the Big Z he hopes to bring new ideas and new music to group: 

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The group is already preparing for three concerts this coming season, with the first to take place in late October. For more information on joining, check out the links at


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