Cantor Norman Summers, baritone, was born in Toronto, Canada. At the age of seventeen, he became the Cantor of Holy Blossom Temple, the largest Reform Congregation in Canada. He studied at the University of Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music and received his Bachelor of Sacred Music degree, graduating Cum Laude from the Hebrew Union College - School of Sacred Music in New York.
Following his graduation, he won the Lawrence J. Finkel Award for distinguished studies; the much coveted William Matheaus Sullivan Foundation grant, which resulted in a successful Carnegie Hall debut; a New York Singing Teachers Award; and a National Federation of Music Clubs Award. He is an accomplished recitalist and has appeared with leading symphony orchestras, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Walter Susskind, in the performance of Ernest Bloch's "Sacred Service." His vocal art, in the style of the old bel canto, has received national recognition. He has studied voice with Richard Bonelli and Solon Alberti.
Music in this collection courtesy of Carole Summers