Lorna Jane Norris


Lorna Jane Norris, Executive Director

Describe what you do in your current position: As Executive Director, my role is to bring people together to move our work forward. That work is guided by the mission, vision and values of TBMS. Everything that the administration team does on a day to day basis is to support the incredible programs that are offered at TBMS and through our partnerships. More philosophically, I believe that music brings people together to move things forward. I know I speak for all the staff and teaching faculty when I say that ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to experience the transformative power of the arts is at the heart of our daily work.

How long have you worked for Turtle Bay? How long in your current position? I started in March of 2018.

Describe other work experience or education: I studied Music and English Literature at college. My graduate studies include Music Therapy, English Literature and Vocal Performance. I am also a certified yoga instructor, and I recently became certified as an Executive Coach through the Gestalt International Study Center. I am a graduate of the National Guild of Community Arts Education’s Leadership Institute.

What is your favorite thing about Turtle Bay Music School? Although I’ve only been here a short time, I have to echo the other staff and say that it’s the people. Everyone has made me feel so welcome. It’s also pretty special to hear amazing music drifting through the hallways every day.

Do you play any instruments? Describe any musical background you may want to share! I’m a bad pianist, a retired Flutist and a soprano.

What is your favorite song and/or piece of music? Anything Bach and Radiohead. I share a birthday with Mozart so have always felt a connection with Wolfgang. (We were born in different years!)

Who is your favorite composer/songwriter? Oh, and then there is Joni Mitchell of course…

Where are you from? I grew up in Cheddar, England, a small rural village where the cheese is from! I went to college in Liverpool, and moved to the U.S. in the late 90s. It was my first time on a plane and I had a one-way ticket and a backpack. This year marks the 20th anniversary of that plane trip.

Favorite food: I love food.

Any other fun facts you’d like to include! I am happiest when I am walking. I am a huge tennis fan and will cry for a year when Roger Federer retires.