Traverse Bay Publications
Traverse Bay Publications was created to make available and bring music to the singing public. It is our pleasure to bring our first offering consisting of these editions of Italian Songs to the vocal world at large for study and performance. Having taught many hundreds of young singers at the Interlochen Center for the Arts for the past twenty two years, Jeffery Norris found a great need to present these time-honored songs in a collection that utilizes keys not readily available in any other collected work. This volume is based upon the Ricordi editions of the late nineteenth century arrangements of Alessandro Parisotti, here updated and presented for a new generation of singers.
We hope all singers and teachers make good use of this tool to create wonderful music for many years to come.
Meet Jeffery Norris
Jeffery Norris began his professional career at the age of nineteen singing with Fred Warings’ Pennsylvanians. After touring the United States with Mr. Waring, he turned his interest toward the classical realm and has become a frequent soloist on the concert stage, singing throughout the United States in the mediums of opera, orchestral performance and recital.
Mr. Norris received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and his master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music where he was in the voice studio of John Maloy. Vocal studies continued with Martial Singher, Beverly Johnson, Margaret Hoswell and with William McIver.
An active educator, Mr. Norris is teaching in his third decade as instructor of voice at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Interlochen Arts Camp. His former students have been represented in every major conservatory and the finest schools of music in the United States, with many proceeding to enjoy professional careers in performance genres spanning musical theater to opera, and directing in major choral educational settings. In 2006 Mr. Norris was honored as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts Instructor, and one of two teachers recognized nationally, Mr. Norris was named as “Distinguished Teacher in the Arts” for 2007 by the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts.