Lorna Jane Norris Named Executive Director

Lorna Jane Norris Named Executive Director, Turtle Bay Music School

Lorna Jane Norris has been appointed Executive Director of Turtle Bay Music School (TBMS), it was announced by the TBMS Board of Trustees. She will begin her appointment in mid-March.

TBMS President Jeffrey Schlosser said, “Lorna Jane is a demonstrated leader who cares deeply about community and the arts. She brings a wealth of experience, dynamism and passion to Turtle Bay that will propel us forward at this exciting moment in the school’s history. Our faculty and staff, parents and students, and many community partners will find an engaging collaborator in Lorna Jane. The board and I are all very excited to work with her.”

“I am so honored and excited to be part of the TBMS family,” Norris said. “It is clear that the community is deeply committed to ensuring that the transformative power of music is accessible to everyone; we need it now more than ever.”

Norris, an experienced arts administrator, fundraiser, and teacher, joins TBMS from the South Shore Conservatory (SSC) where she has worked in a variety of roles, most recently as Vice President of Education, since 2006. During her 12-year tenure at SSC, she spearheaded new procedures focused on providing an exceptional experience for all community members that resulted in a dramatic increase of the student body. In addition, Norris developed access-based partnerships with local public schools and senior centers, and oversaw the SSC’s arts integrated preschool.

Norris completed her B.A. in Music (Flute/Piano/Voice) and English Literature and an M.A. in Literary Theory. She also spent a year studying as a Music Therapist before moving to the U.S to study vocal performance at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. In 2010, Lorna Jane was a participant in the inaugural Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI) of the National Guild of Community Arts Education (NGCAE). This experience connected her deeply with work and mission of the NGCAE and in 2016, she was invited to serve as a faculty member at CAELI.

Norris will succeed Helene Blieberg, who has served as Interim Executive Director since October 2017, and Julie Rulyak, TBMS’ previous Executive Director.