Born in 1907, Norman Black received his first violin at the age of six and within a short time was recognized as a child prodigy. So began a career that spanned seven decades. Some of the highlights of his career include:

  • More than seventy years performing as a violinist.
  • 16-year career as a local radio celebrity as a violinist, conductor, and music arranger including 10 years as station WFIL’s Music Director.
  • Weekly on-air concerts of Norman Black and the WFIL Radio Orchestra broadcast on the ABC Radio Network and broadcasts on the ABC TV Network.
  • Conductor and founder of the Philadelphia Symphonetta, the Arco Arte Symphonetta, and the Norman Black String Ensemble.
  • 60 years as a violin teacher.
  • 22 years as a violinist in the Philadelphia Orchestra.
  • Resigned from the Philadelphia Orchestra just before his 65th birthday to take a stand against forced retirement.

Throughout this website are photographs, news clippings, memorabilia and recordings of the music of Norman Black.