Parker G. Emerson
Board of Directors
Suzanne Snijder, President
Marilyn Jean White, Vice President
Heidi Wenrick, Treasurer
Carl Bergquist-Devoe, Secretary
Gregory Norton has been Music Director of the Claremont Chorale since 1993. Under his leadership the Chorale has consistently offered a wide variety of choral music to the Claremont community and collaborated with musical organizations from the Los Angeles area and beyond. He has for many year conducted choirs and orchestras in community and church settings in the states of California and Colorado. His performing life has led him from the adobe churches of Santa Fe, New Mexico to the cathedrals of England, and choirs under his direction have toured Germany, Austria and Mexico. He is a published composer and is frequently invited to write and speak on musical topics. A full-time church musician, Greg is Minister of Music at First United Methodist Church in Pasadena. He holds degrees in conducting from Chapman College and the University of Southern California.
The Chorale's Accompanist, Paul Floyd, is in demand as a pianist and coach in Southern California and beyond. He works with young singers as a Lecturer in the vocal department of the University of California, Los Angeles and on the adjunct faculty at Chapman University. For sixteen years he served as an Assistant Conductor with Los Angeles Opera where he collaborated with some of the opera world's greatest singers and conductors, played in the opera orchestra, and was regularly featured as a lecturer at pre-performance talks. He continues to work closely with the LA Opera Education and Engagement department in many capacities. In the summers he has held similar positions with The Santa Fe Opera, the Aspen Music Festival, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and the Astoria Festival in Oregon. He is a frequent accompanist for the Western Region finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. His education includes the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder as well as degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California where he graduated summa cum laude. His primary teachers included Robert Spillman, Nelita True, and James Bonn.