RiverChor was formed in February 2004, and is based in Clinton, Iowa. Since that time, 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. The accompanist for the choir is Christine Holmer, director of music at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clinton.
Dr. Robert Engelson, music director and conductor of RiverChor, is a professor of music and director of choral activities at Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa. Prior to Ashford, he was director of choral activites at Teikyo Westmar University in Le Mars, Iowa, and at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina. Engelson holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music from Arizona State University, the Master of Fine Arts degree in Choral Conducting from University of Minnesota, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and German from Augsburg College.
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.