Edith Norberg

1975 F. Melius Christiansen Lifetime Achievement Award

Edith Norberg (1907-1978)

Edith Norberg, a Choristers Guild member for 21 years, and one of the nation's outstanding directors of children's choirs, began her music career at MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis. She continued her education at Northwestern University and studied with many outstanding musicians in the United States, and in Salzburg and Budapest. Norberg was choir director at Grace Lutheran Church and later the minister of music at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church for 20 years.

She founded and directed the Carillon Choristers children's choir which appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra and made six recordings. Twice they sang in the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales and were the first U. S. choir to place in the children's competition in 30 years. In 1950 she also founded and directed the Carillon Singers, a mixed choral group of 16 voices, which won first place in the Chicagoland Music Festival, winning 399 out of a possible 400 points. She was awarded the honor of directing the massed choir in Soldiers Field before an audience of 75,000.

Just after open heart surgery Norberg accepted a tremendous project -- to train four of her Carillon Choristers to sing a composed Christmas carol in nine languages for a Dayton's holiday display.

For her many outstanding contributions to choral music, ACDA of Minnesota honored her with its F. Melius Christiansen Award in 1975. Virgil Fox dedicated an entire concert in her memory on March 15, 1979 at Orchestra Hall.