The Gulf Coast Harmonizers (Cape Coral chapter) has recently named Jonathan Riviere as its director, making him the newest and youngest chapter director in the Sunshine District. He is also among the youngest directors of the Society's more than 700 chapters in the country.
Jonathan Riviere has made the most of his short tenure with the Barbershop Harmony Society. A five-year member, he got his start as a high school senior in Tampa, Florida, receiving a scholarship to attend a Harmony Camp directed by Tony DeRosa, four-time gold medalist and current lead of the 2017 International Quartet Champions, Main Street.
He attended Florida State University where he sang with the Tallahassee Capital Chordsmen. He served the chorus as Lead Section Leader, Youth Membership Chair, spearheading several fundraising projects, as well as recruiting nearly twenty men to join him on the risers, making him the hottest recruiter in the Sunshine district. He was awarded "Barbershopper of the Year" by the Tallahassee chapter.
While in Tallahassee, Jonathan also served as Musical Director at Gray Memorial United Methodist Church and held various positions in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, America’s oldest and largest music-based fraternity, serving as Musical Director, President, and Collegiate Province Representative. Upon graduation from Florida State, he received a B.A. in Music and a B.S. in Marketing.
Jonathan relocated to Fort Myers in July of 2017 to begin a career with the world’s leading IT research firm Gartner Inc. and is ecstatic to also be working with the Gulf Coast Harmonizers. Rehearsals typically are a combination of hard work, a plethora of well-placed jokes, and the occasional “Dilly Dilly!” His priorities for 2018 focus on recruiting enthusiastic men looking for a stress- free environment to work on their personal singing. He urges interested singers to "Please stop by!"
Chapter president Jim Burg says that Jonathan's appointment completes a series of moves by the chorus, formerly known as the Cape Chorale. Earlier, the group moved its rehearsal site to a more central location in Lee County and changed its name to reflect its appeal to a broad spectrum of southwest Florida.