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Don Norton

Assistant Professor, Performing and Fine Arts

photo of Don NortonDon Norton is a saxophonist who has performed in a variety of styles that include jazz, classical, world music, and musical theater. He has performed throughout the United States and abroad, including a tour of Costa Rica with world music group Panoramic. His research interests include jazz history and pedagogical methods for jazz and saxophone performance, and he has presented research at conferences of the Jazz Education Network and the North American Saxophone Alliance. Don previously taught at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota State University-Mankato, Spoon River College, and Laramie County Community College. He also served as a graduate assistant in the jazz studies department at the University of Northern Colorado. Additionally, he has taught at the Northern Illinois University Community School of the Arts, as well as the summer jazz camps of Northern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, and the Birch Creek Music Performance Center. He is a clinician with the Vandoren Regional Artist Program. Don holds degrees from the University of Northern Colorado, the New England Conservatory of Music, and Northern Illinois University. Outside of music, Don’s interests include running, reading, watching sports and other television shows, and spending time with his dog.