Founded in 2010, Rivertree Singers is a choral ensemble of young professionals who love living and working in Greenville, SC. 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 at Converse College, Erskine College, Presbyterian College, Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, Bob Jones University, Furman University, Winthrop University, University of Georgia, and the University of South Carolina. They share a passion for choral singing and the belief that the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
Known for expressive performances of serious choral music and spirited renditions of folk and popular song, Rivertree Singers enriches Greenville’s thriving arts community with three concerts each season. Commissioning and performing works by emerging choral composers and partnering with choral arts musicians and organizations further extends the choir’s mission to delight and inspire through singing.
Rivertree Singers 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.
As part of the mission to delight and inspire, Rivertree Singers is proud to host its annual Rivertree Singers & Friends Choral Festival. Over 160 additional choral musicians from the region and across the US 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.
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 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 has been a member of the Bob Jones University piano and piano pedagogy faculties since 1976. 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. Jean and her husband Warren have three children and four grandchildren.