Edward P. Norris III
Nassau Chamber Chorale | Music Director
Edward P. Norris III is the director of Choral Music at Glen Cove High School. He conducts the 80-voice Mixed Chorus and the 40-voice Select Chorale. Mr. Norris also teaches courses in Music Theory, and AP Music Theory. He serves as the music director and conductor of the school’s musical productions and advisor of the Tri-M National Music Honors Society. Mr. Norris also serves as the districts ‘music team leader’ for music grades 6-12.
Mr. Norris is a graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where he received both his Bachelor of Arts Degree, and his Masters Degree in Music Education. Mr. Norris has furthered his choral studies singing under the batons of Anton Armstrong, Lawrence Eisman, Weston Noble, Tim Peter, John Rutter, and Andre Thomas. He has also sung professionally with the Canticum Novum Singers under the direction of Harold Rosenbaum.
During Mr. Norris’ tenure at Glen Cove High School, the Mixed Chorus and Select Chorale have only received Gold Medals and Gold Medals with Distinction at the NYSSMA Major Ensemble festivals. In the past, the Chorale has joined forces with MYO performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and both the Select Chorale and Mixed Chorus have worked with the MYO Orchestra to perform “Everything Indicates” by Dr. Gerald Custer (world premiere) and Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. The Chorale has also performed at the NYACDA Choral Directors Conference, as well as choral festivals at Westminster Choir College and the Aaron Copland School of Music. In 2013, the Select Chorale was invited to perform at the White House for the President and First Lady, as well as other invited guests. In January of 2016, Mr. Norris and the Select Chorale performed in a concert tour of Italy which included performances at St. Peters Basilica, the Church of San Lorenzo, and the Basilica of St. Francis. While on tour, the Chorale had the distinct honor to perform for His Holiness; Pope Francis at the Feast of the Epiphany at St. Peters. In the spring of 2019, the Select Chorale had the honor of performing at the Music for All National Choral Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana where they worked with Dr. Andre Thomas, and composer Stacey V. Gibbs. The Select Chorale has also been featured in holiday concerts at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC. Lastly, Mr. Norris has also been a guest conductor for the Long Island Choral Festival at Adelphi University, Hampton Music Educators Association’s All District Festival (grade 9-12 choir), Suffolk County Music Educators Association’s All County Festival (Division II and Division III), Massachusetts Music Educators Association All District Festival, as well as an adjunct professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.
Mr. Norris is extremely proud to be the director of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra (MYO) Chamber Chorale. Although this is his 13th year in MYO (he previously directed the Youth Chorale of Nassau County), he is the founding director of the Chamber Chorale, which was formed six years ago. Under his direction, the MYO Choirs have performed works such as Mozart’s Requiem, Rutter’s Requiem, Rutter’s Te Deum, Poulenc’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Gjeilo’s To The East And To The West (world premiere 2014), and Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass with professional orchestra. The MYO Chamber Chorale joined forces with Mr. Norris’ Glen Cove Select Chorale to perform a special concert in Lincoln Center featuring the music of Ola Gjeilo with the composer at the piano. The Chorale has been fortunate to perform in venues such as Carnegie Hall, LeFrak Concert Hall, Lincoln Center, Citi Field, Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Sands Point Museum/Preserve, and many others. Mr. Norris is extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with these fine young vocalists!