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Norris Named Vice President for Education at South Shore Conservatory

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Jun 13, 2014
Hingham, MA

Lorna Jane Norris, formerly the director of private instruction at South Shore Conservatory (SSC), has been named vice president for education, a newly created position. The growing demand for SSC programs has necessitated strengthening the organization with the addition of two new executive positions: VP of education, the position filled by Norris, and VP of institutional advancement, a position yet to be filled.

UK-born Norris has been with SSC since 2006 when she was hired as a voice instructor. To help assess incoming students Norris created a voice evaluation system which focused on the specific goals, preferences and personality of each student, ensuring the best match with a teacher and creating that unique mentoring bond resulting in the growth and development of the student.  It was this process and result that caught the eye of SSC president Kathy Czerny who then created the role of director of private instruction for her in 2009. Norris was charged with applying the same strategies that caused the voice department to thrive, to the entire lesson program. SSC’s enrollment rocketed.  During her tenure as director of private instruction, SSC has added 40 new teachers to its exceptional faculty to meet the growing demand for individual music instruction, and the campuses are bursting at the seams.

In 2010 Norris was selected as one of 25 candidates to participate in the first Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI). A program of the National Guild, CAELI provides an intensive, transformative experience to help aspiring leaders from across the country advance their skills; engaging with top leadership trainers and nationally known practitioners. Following an acclaimed presentation at the Guild’s 2012 conference in Boston, Norris soon gained a national reputation as an innovator and expert in enrollment and retention strategies and has acted as a consultant to many other community arts schools. 
As the new vice president of education, Norris is excited to build on all the “incredible programmatic advancements” that have been put in place over the past six years, including SSC’s program continuum which provides an entry into arts education at any age, and fosters lifelong engagement with the arts. “At CAELI I learned that leadership is a set of behaviors that bring people together to move things forward” Norris remarks. “This is what I want to achieve in this new role. We have amazing artist/educators and program leaders and I look forward to bringing them to the same table to increase the momentum and move the organization positively towards our 50 year mark.”
About South Shore Conservatory
Founded in 1971, South Shore Conservatory provides instruction in music and the performing arts to more than 2,500 students at its two beautiful facilities in Hingham and Duxbury.  The Conservatory offers private and group instrument and voice instruction in classical, jazz, rock and world genres. Musicianship and theory classes, a certificate program for motivated young musicians, chamber music, jazz combos and the Bay Youth Symphony further enhance the education experience.  A new popular performing arts track – TEMPO - includes Acting for the Camera, Improv, Song Writing, Vocal Stylings and courses in music technology, recording and sound engineering in a state of the art recording studio.  The Conservatory boasts a highly rated arts based pre-school and kindergarten as well as a sequential curriculum for children ages 1-7 including Music Together, Suzuki training, acting, recorder classes, and creative movement. The Adult Education program includes a wide range of appreciation classes and hands on instruction opportunities. The Conservatory’s 11 year old resident opera company, Opera by the Bay, produces two staged operas each year. Sequential ballet instruction is offered in partnership with Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre.  Evenings Under the Stars brings professional performances to more than 4,000 audience members each summer and The Duxbury Music Festival’s renowned guest faculty draws an international student body for this two week resident education and performance festival.  Summer Wind Ensemble, Musical Theatre Workshop, Vocal Institute, BaYS Summer Strings, and Flute Symphony make summer the Conservatory’s busiest season. To further its mission the Conservatory has a growing Music Therapy Department and a Community Partnerships program that works with schools, community service organizations and other arts agencies to provide access to arts education to schools and underserved youth in the region.
Pictured Above: Lorna Jane Norris

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