Norton Christeson, 2012
- Senior Professor of Music; Asst. Chair for Vocal/Choral Music; DSC Orchestra Conductor
- DSC employee since 1984
Degrees and honors: Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, University of Alabama; Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; frequent soloist in Daytona Beach and statewide; frequent adjudicator and clinician for state and national high school music festivals; longtime chair of the annual State College Music Symposium; 10 years on Florida Community College Activities Association Executive Board; Florida Association of Community Colleges Hall of Fame.
Outside interests: Gardening, sports, playing guitar and other instruments, travelling, and following the Cincinnati Reds and the Crimson Tide!
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? Originally from the Muscle Shoals area of Alabama, I was in Cincinnati for four years, singing and performing while working on my doctorate, prior to coming to Daytona State College.
What projects are you working on right now? We are working on our Fall Symphony Orchestra Concert slated for Nov. 4 (featuring Beethoven’s 8th Symphony); the Popular Vocal Group is working on its fall show (featuring songs from “Glee”); the Concert Choir is working on our sold-out Yuletide Feast (madrigal dinners) slated for Dec. 3-6; the Concert Choir also is working on the music to be sung with our Symphonic Band at the Daytona State College Holiday Concerts (Nov. 29 and 30).
The most rewarding experience of my DSC career has been seeing our students grow as singers/musicians; many have gone on to full-time careers in performing and teaching.
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Loud!
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I usually have little recollection of previous performances, because I’m invariably worried about the next one.
Last book read: “Lullaby” by Robert B. Parker
Four people I’d invite to a dinner party: Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Nick Saban (University of Alabama head football coach), and my wife, Jane, who’s the best cook and conversationalist imaginable.
The Daytona State of Mind to me is active engagement between faculty and students in a proactive, but university-level manner, where individual attention is available for the student far beyond other types of institutions.