Associate Professor of Horn
Leslie Norton, associate professor of horn, has been a member of the Blair faculty since 1989. In 1990, she joined the Nashville Symphony Orchestra as principal horn. Formerly principal horn of the New Orleans Symphony, Norton has played with the Rochester Philharmonic and the Atlanta Symphony. She has also performed with the OK Mozart Festival, the Skaneateles Festival, the Peninsula Music Festival, and served as principal horn at the Eastern Music Festival for 20 years.
Norton is a member of two signature school ensembles: the Blair Woodwind Quintet and Blair Brass Quintet. She is a founding member or ALIAS, Nashville’s premiere chamber group that benefits local charitable organizations. She has appeared as concerto soloist with the Nashville Symphony, the Cumberland Chamber Orchestra, and the Eastern Festival Orchestra. As a recording artist, she has performed on 300 recordings of television, radio, and audio media; these diverse projects ranged from the Naxos Series with the Nashville Symphony, to IMAX films and CNN jingles, to collaborations with various Nashville icons in the commercial music industry.
Norton is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Verne Reynolds. Additional studies were with Thomas Newell of the Boston Symphony.