Grand River Singers Directors!

Hailing from La Crosse, WI, Robert Jones serves as Co-founder and Choreographer of Grand River Singers, the Midwest’s only all adult community show choir of its type.  He has worked as a singer and dancer for Walt Disney World, Opryland USA, Department of Defense (USO), Carnival Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Robert has performed major roles in professional theater in the South and Midwest. He has worked with such personalities as Bob Hope, John Davidson, Tanya Tucker and Carol Channing.  Favorite roles include “Gaston” in Walt Disney World’s Beauty and the Beast, “Billy Crocker” in Anything Goes, “Billy Lawler” in 42nd Street, “Rooster” in Annie, “Jim Handy” and “Johnny Ringo” in Walt Disney World’s Hoop-Dee-Doo Review. He is proud to have been the first “Prince Eric” in Walt Disney World’s Voyage of the Little Mermaid.  For the last 20+ years Robert has choreographed show choirs and musicals as well as judged competitions across the country. 

Tim Rortvedt

Robert Jones

Tim Rortvedt, originally from the Madison area, is an accomplished vocal and instrumentalist. Tim first performed professionally at a very young age in Madison’s Wilson Street Dinner Theater Playhouse in Oliver!.  Since that time, he has been actively involved in musical theater as an actor or musical director working with many regional and professional companies including Waukesha Civic Theater, Jefferson Performing Arts Center, Madison Savoyards and The Fireside.  He has performed numerous roles including “Cinderella’s Prince” in Into the Woods, “Senior Deluso” in the one act opera Senior Deluso, “Thomas Jefferson” in 1776 and “Patrick” in Mame! starring Lee Meriwether of Barnaby Jones fame.  As a French Hornist, Tim has performed with Madison area symphonies, bands and select chamber groups and featured Soloist at the

La Crosse Symphony Pops Concert.  He is proud to be the co-founder and musical director of Grand River Singers.