Norma Freeman

Norma Freeman (Ann Arbor), enjoyed a 40-year eclectic K-12 music teaching career in Illinois, Colorado, Texas, and most recently, Michigan, where she served as the director of choral music at Saline High School. Under her direction, the choirs at Saline High School performed at numerous state and national music conferences and were selected by the King's Singers to be their demonstration choir at the 2002 NAfME (National Association for Music Education) national conference in Nashville, TN. Norma also directed the Intermediate choral music program at the Interlochen (MI) National Music Camp for 12 years. She has guest conducted, adjudicated and presented workshops in 10 states on choral repertoire, integrated arts curriculum, middle school music, opera education, sight singing, and solo singing in the choir classroom. Norma was a member of the author team for the popular choral textbook series, Experiencing Choral Music (© 2005 Hal Leonard / McGraw-Hill) and is a co-author for the general music resources, Aaron Copland: The Music of an Uncommon Man (© 2012 Hal Leonard) and Cenerentola: A Curriculum Guide ©1993 Dallas Opera. Norma has been honored as the Teacher of the Year by the Michigan NAfME (2002) and MSVMA (Michigan State Vocal Music Association; 2009). In 2017, Norma was overwhelmed to be one of ten national recipients of the Stephen Sondheim / Kennedy Center Inspirational Teacher Award. Norma currently directs Voices Valiant, a vocal music ensemble at the University of Michigan for senior singers who love to sing, enjoy learning through music, enjoy the social community choral singing can provide, and want to improve their mental and physical health through choral music.