Jose Rivera is coordinator of Music Education, Assistant Professor of Choral Music, and Conductor of the University Chorale at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. At UNCP he teaches conducting, rehearsal and vocal techniques, and supervises student teachers. Previously, he was on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and served as a clinician for numerous workshops, honor choirs, and clinics around the country. Rivera received his Ph.D. and M.M.E. degrees in Music Education and Conducting from Florida State University. During his tenure in Florida, he was a successful public music teacher at the elementary, middle, and high school levels where his advanced choirs received various regional and national awards.
Rivera's research interests include conducting and rehearsal techniques, teacher preparation, and analysis of twentieth-century Latin American choral music. His article "Roberto Sierra's Misa Latina" was recently published in the Choral Journal. In addition, his research work has been presented at the MENC and ACDA regional conferences.