RiverChor was founded in February 2004, by Dr. Rob Engelson and a core group of Messiah singers, and is based in Clinton, Iowa. The choir has established itself as one of the premier community choral groups in the Gateway area. It performs a wide range of audience favorites crossing many genres of music. Members of RiverChor range in age from high school students to retirees and hail from eight different communities in Iowa and Illinois.
RiverChor is directed by Karl Wolf and Chris Marple. Mr. Wolf is the director of choirs at Clinton High School, and is a former RiverChor member. Chris Marple most recently was director of choirs at Dubuque Senior High School, and is currently pursuing his doctorate at the University of Iowa. Our pianist is Christine Holmer, director of music at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clinton.
RiverChor presents two regular season concerts, in fall and spring. The choir makes up the core group of the annual Messiah tradition, and partners with the Clinton Symphony Orchestra on their concert series. RiverChor has also appeared at many community functions, including the Mayor’s Dinner and singing the National Anthem for the Lumber Kings.