Jeanne Norton has been principal harpist and soloist with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus since 1979. She is the founder and director of HarpOhio, a performing ensemble for pre-college students, and is the lecturer of harp at The Ohio State University School of Music. In 1985 she served as national conference chair for the American Harp Society Salzedo Centennial Celebration. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, she studied with Alice Chalifoux and with Marjorie Tyre of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera, and Anna Bukay of the Cincinnati Symphony.
Ms. Norton has been principal harpist and soloist with the Florida Symphony Orchestra and the American Festival Orchestra, Salerno, Italy. She appears regularly as recitalist and soloist in Ohio, and has performed with the orchestras of Columbus, Atlanta, Wheeling, Charleston, Akron, Canton, Naples-Marco Island and the Lancaster and Cincinnati May Festivals.
Strongly committed to encouraging new music for the harp, Ms. Norton commissioned two works from Harriet Bolz: the harp solo Narrative Impromptu, and Repartee Rhapsodic for flute and harp. In collaboration with Katherine Borst Jones, she has commissioned a new work for soprano, flute and harp by Dale Warland. A recent collaboration with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra resulted in the commission of Disparate Dances by Stephen Montague, a concerto for flute, harp and chamber orchestra premiered in 2005. Ms. Norton travels and performs frequently with COSMOS, a flute/viola/harp trio. In 2007, they premiered a newly commissioned work, Columbus Triptych by Steven Main, and another by Stephen Paulus.