Norman as studentNorman as Music DirectorNorman as Orchestra LeaderNorman as ConductorNorman as Teacher, ViolinistNorman in Philly Orchestra


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.


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