Instructor of Voice, Interlochen Arts Academy
Director of Vocal Music (Opera Scenes), Interlochen Arts Camp
M.M., Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music; B.A., Music Education, Michigan State University.
Instructor of Voice Jeffery Norris made his classical orchestral debut while still a student at the Eastman School with the Omaha Symphony, singing Bach's Mass in B Minor, which marked the beginning of numerous solo symphony appearances with many Orchestras, including the Aspen Music Festival, Charlotte, N.C., Elgin, IL, Green Bay, WI, Grand Rapids, Interlochen Philharmonic, Kalamazoo Bach Festival, Battle Creek, Keweenaw, Music Academy of the West, National Music Camp, and Traverse City Symphonies, amongst others.
Very much at home in opera as well as straight dramatic plays Mr. Norris' opera experiences range from The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, La Boheme, Tosca and La Traviata, to Kurt Weils, Three Penny Opera, while also appearing as soloist in the symphonic offerings of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Handel's "Messiah", and the requiems of Verdi, Mozart, Faure, Durufle & Brahms, and several Broadway reviews.
Mr. Norris received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and his Masters degree from the Eastman School of Music where he was in the voice studio of John Maloy. Additional voice studies were with Martial Singher, Beverly Johnson and William McIver.
A dedicated educator, Mr. Norris has served as instructor of voice at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Interlochen Arts Camp for 26 years. 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. Former Norris 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 and as program directors of fine choral programs at the university level.
In 2006 Mr. Norris was honored as a Recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award from White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, and in 2007, Mr. Norris, was one of two teachers recognized nationally, and the only voice instructor in the United States to receive the high honor of being named as “Distinguished Teacher in the Arts” for 2007 by the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts. His record Young Arts Competition Finalists comprised of 15 classical vocalists and 2 musical theater artists, and is the highest total in the nation by one teacher in the vocal realm.
Mr. Norris is active in his church and the local community, helping those entities in any way that he is able.