Born in Detroit, Michigan, Rivonne Moore has been an active musician since the age of five. While in high school she studied voice and harp performance with the world-renowned harpist, Patricia Terry-Ross. She also attended Northwestern University’s Music Institute for gifted young musicians directed by Robert Harris. She entered Michigan State University in the fall of 2003 where she studied Music Education. During her time there, she studied with opera performers Anne Nispel and Harland Jennings. With a growing background in opera performance, she began performing on stage for weekly and monthly concerts. Later she made her first appearance on the opera stage for Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Along with performing, Rivonne is also an avid music educator. She began a children’s choir at the Black Child and Family Institute in Lansing, Michigan. She also interned at Haslett High School in Haslett, Michigan under the advisement of Erich Wangeman. After graduation, a job was secured for her to teach elementary, middle, and high school choir in that school district.
Though her background is classical music and education, Rivonne is no a stranger to the popular music scene. During her time at Michigan State University, she studied with the famous jazz vocalist Sunny Wilkinson. She performed in Sunny’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble; singing intricate vocal harmonies and vocal arrangements. In addition to classical arias and jazz, Rivonne is also a gospel singer. She was the soprano section leader of the choir and feature soloist at St. Stephen’s Community Church in Lansing, MI. The band was lead by the outstanding jazz bassist Rodney Whitaker. Her latest stage performance was as an actor and singer in Jim Crow’s Tears, an interpretive stage musical that charts the history of minstrel shows and its connection to today’s popular music; written and directed by Kristopher Johnson, a trumpeter in the Count Basie Band. Her most recent accomplishment was in June of 2011. She participated in a Japanese televised singing competition Nodojiman the World competing against 9 other contestants and was the declared winner with two-hundred ninety-nine (299) points out of three-hundred (300). She is active on the stage in Japan performing at various hotels and private parties.
Currently Rivonne resides in Kawasaki. She is continuing to enjoy her life with music and her experiences there.