Rivertree Singers desires to delight and inspire arts communities across the globe with meaningful and life-giving experiences that enrich the heart and mind.
Rivertree Singers exists to give voice to the human experience. We do this through the highest level of choral artistry, building connections within our community through music, and supporting and encouraging emerging artists and composers.
Founded in 2010, Rivertree Singers is a choral ensemble whose members are alumni of collegiate choral organizations from across the state and who share a passion for choral singing and giving back to the Greenville arts community. Our name reflects a love for the beautiful trees and river that have been the inspiration for the city’s model revitalization. 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 five concerts each season in addition to hosting The Rivertree Singers & Friends Choral Festival each summer.
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 choral program of five choirs enrolling 350 students. He teaches 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, festivals, and performances. His choirs have been auditioned performers at international, national, NAfME and ACDA events. In addition to his teaching and performing, Cook served as Pastor of Worship for over 30 years in Greenville, S.C.
Over Cook’s ten years as Artistic Director, Rivertree Singers has grown to present an annual 5-concert season as well as host the Rivertree Singers and Friends Choral Festival each summer. The organization’s outreach programs have expanded to include the Rivertree Singers Internship and Choral Scholars program.
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 at local universities to work within the context of a non-profit organization alongside choral professionals, gaining a first-hand understanding of community outreach through music. The internship program provides opportunities for students to participate behind-the-scenes in the organization and gain an understanding of how an arts organization can function effectively in a community.
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.