Christopher Norton was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Nashville Philharmonic in March 2008. Prior to... [more about Chris]
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About the Orchestra
The Joy of Music
Founded in January 2004 by Kelly Corcoran, the NPO was led from 2004 to 2007, by Mark Putnam. During his tenure as Music Director the orchestra grew to become Nashville's premiere community ensemble, performing concerts of exciting, demanding repertoire for all audiences. During the Fall of 2007, violinist and charter member of the NPO, David Hahn served as Music Director, raising community awareness and support for the orchestra.
This ensemble offers players of differing levels and backgrounds the opportunity to make music together. The Nashville Philharmonic performs a diverse mix of repertoire - different genres and styles anchored in the classical tradition. Players in the Nashville Philharmonic collaborate with the Music Director in making repertoire decisions. The orchestra features area soloists and new music by local composers.
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About the Music Director
Norton earned his doctorate from Louisiana State University, and his masterís and bachelorís degrees from the Eastman School of Music. He studied orchestral conducting with David Effron, choral conducting with John MacDonald, and band conducting with Frank Wickes; additional studies were taken from conducting workshops hosted by the American Symphony Orchestra League and the Conductors Guild. Beyond these experiences, Norton credits the educational benefits of performing for thirty years as a percussionist in professional orchestras under a wide array of conductors.
Dr. Norton is Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at Belmont University. Previous to his appointment to Belmont in 2001, he taught fourteen years at Western Kentucky University.
Members of the Orchestra
Denise Baker, Concertmaster
EdKelly Sanford, Principal
Allis Dale Gillmor
Anna Haas, Principal
Cremaine Booker, Principal
Mickey Rybiski, Principal
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The NPO Board of Directors
Chris Stenstrom, President
Alex McKay, Secretary
Matt Ingham, Treasurer
Kelly Corcoran, Founding Music Director*
Chris Norton, Music Director*
Alice Smith, Personnel Manager*
Tara Shuman, Administrative Coordinator*
TBD, Chairman, Orchestra Committee*