Instructor of Voice, Interlochen Arts Academy; Director of Vocal Music, Interlochen Arts Camp
M.M., Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music; B.A., Music Education, Michigan State University
Baritone Jeffery Norris began his professional career at the age of nineteen singing with Fred Warings' Pennsylvanians. After completing a masters degree in vocal performance at the Eastman School of Music, Jeff made his orchestral debut with the Omaha Symphony singing Bach's Mass in B Minor. That marked the beginning of many solo symphony performances which include the demanding baritone roles of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Handel's Messiah, and the Requiems of Verdi, Mozart, Faure, Durufle & Brahms, as well as several Broadway reviews.
A gifted actor, Jeff is very much at home in opera as well as straight dramatic plays. His stage experience ranges from operas such as The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, La Boheme, Tosca and La Traviata, to Kurt Weils, Three Penny Opera.
During his Masters Program at the Eastman school, Mr. Norris was a student of John Maloy, and he was a three time fellowship recipient to the Aspen Music Festival where he studied with Beverly Johnson, and was also a fellowship recipient to the Music Academy of the West, where he studied with Martial Singher. Additional studies have been with William McIver.
Along with his wife, harpist, Sylvia Norris, Jeff has given many concerts and recitals of songs from Bach to Broadway. They often produce gala concert evenings with other singers highlighting operatic, holiday, or Broadway themes. Together they have recently been featured performers on the Regent Seven Seas ship the “Voyager”, on both the world and Christmas cruises.
An active educator, Mr. Norris serves as instructor of voice at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen Arts Camp and the founder of the advanced vocal program at Interlochen. His former students have been represented in every major conservatory and the finest schools of music in the United States, with many proceeding to enjoy professional careers in both performance and education. His former students can be found singing in diverse genres from musical theater to opera, with opera companies such as the New York Metropolitan and Chicago Lyric operas, and in many European opera houses. In 2006 Mr. Norris was honored as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts Instructor, and one of two teachers recognized nationally, Mr. Norris was named as "Distinguished Teacher in the Arts" for 2007 by the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts.
Jeff and Sylvia are the proud parents of three great children and make their permanent home in Traverse City, Michigan.
Mr. Norris has taught at Interlochen Arts Academy since 1986.