Singer Jessye Norman will deliver the Bienen School of Music’s convocation address on June 18, 2011 in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. She will also receive an honorary doctor of arts degree from Northwestern University during commencement exercises on June 17. Tickets are required for commencement only.
Jessye Norman is one of the most celebrated singers of our time. Acclaimed for performing a wide range of leading roles with the world’s top opera companies, she appears in concert and recital with preeminent orchestras and at prestigious concert halls around the globe. Her numerous recordings have won five Grammy Awards, including a lifetime achievement award. Norman’s many other honors include the United States National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honors, election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, membership in the French Legion of Honor and nearly 40 honorary degrees. A board member for numerous nonprofit institutions, she also encourages emerging talent through the Jessye Norman School of the Arts in her hometown of Augusta, Georgia. She directed and curated Carnegie Hall’s 2009 “Honor!,” a three-week festival celebrating the African-American contribution to world culture. A graduate of Howard University, Norman holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.