OUR MISSION: Singing to delight and inspire arts communities across the globe, we desire to achieve the highest level of choral artistry, build connections within our community through music, and support and encourage emerging artists and composers.
Founded in 2010, Rivertree Singers is a choral ensemble of young professionals who love living and working in Greenville, South Carolina. The name reflects a love for the beautiful trees and river that have been the inspiration for the city’s model revitalization. The singers are alumni of collegiate choral organizations from across the state who share a passion for choral singing and giving back to the Greenville arts community. What began as a small group of singers desiring an artistic outlet has grown into an internationally recognized community arts organization of disciplined singers, professionals, artists, and teachers.
Rivertree Singers offers four concerts each season in addition to hosting The Rivertree Singers & Friends Choral Festival. Over 150 additional choral musicians from the region and across the country join Rivertree Singers and festival orchestra to perform major choral works. This exciting three-day festival is held annually in June. Find out more about the festival and view past performances. The highlight of each year is A Rivertree Christmas performed each holiday season in various locations around the city.
Through partnerships with local educational institutions, The Rivertree Singers Choral Scholars Program invites students currently enrolled in music programs across the city to audition to sing with Rivertree for a season. This provides an enriching opportunity for students to participate in a community-based choral ensemble and gain first hand experience of reaching into their community through music. Rivertree Singers also offers The Rivertree Singers Internship Program. This program offers an enriching opportunity for students currently enrolled in a music program to work within the context of a non-profit organization alongside choral professionals gaining a first-hand understanding of community outreach through music.
Rivertree recently appeared as an invited performing choir at the Southern Division ACDA convention in 2014, the South Carolina ACDA Fall Conference in 2015, and the Southern Division ACDA Convention Worship Event in 2016. They are also regularly featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Spotlight Series in Charleston, SC. In 2017, Rivertree Singers was awarded the Grand Prize in the Oxford University Press Choral Advent Competition adjudicated by John Rutter. Rivertree posts performances and rehearsals tracks of major performances, produces audio recordings of concerts, and is well-known as a choral organization of the highest artistic quality.
Rivertree Singers is choir-in-residence at Bob Jones University and is sponsored in part by grants from the Metropolitan Arts Council of Greenville, South Carolina and corporate and individual donations. Rivertree Singers is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.
Warren Cook, artistic director
Warren Cook, founder and artistic director of Greenville’s Rivertree Singers, earned the DMA in Choral Conducting Performance at the University of South Carolina and studied at Westminster Choir College and Bob Jones University. As Director of Choral Activities at Bob Jones University, he conducts the two premier choral organizations and oversees a graded program of six choirs enrolling 350 students. He teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, literature, and methods courses, and conducts major choral-orchestral performances. Cook regularly appears across the U.S. as adjudicator, clinician, and conductor for choral workshops and festivals. His choirs have been auditioned performers at international, national, NAfMENational Association for Music Education and ACDAAmerican Choral Directors Association events. In addition to his teaching and performing, Cook served as Pastor of Worship for over 30 years.
Jean Cook, accompanist
Jean Cook was a member of the Bob Jones University piano and piano pedagogy faculties from 1976 until her retirement in May 2019. She now currently serves as adjunct accompanying faculty at BJU. Jean studied piano performance at BJU, has extensive training in pedagogy and is a certified Kindermusik instructor. In addition to her teaching, Jean is accompanist for university, church and community choirs and is also is an accomplished actress, appearing in many leading Shakespearean roles. She is active in MTNA and regularly appears as a presenter and clinician at piano, church and school music festivals, and workshops.