Elizabeth Norris has taught at the Beckett School for 20 years. Her goals are to nurture imagination and creativity in her students, and to instill in them the vital importance of the arts. She unapologetically believes that the study of music makes for better human beings.
Her own musical career has been multi-faceted. Piano lessons began age 6 and eventually led her to Garth Beckett at WLU. While at university an injury forced her to suspend her piano studies. She promptly entered the voice program, a desire she had secretly harboured since spying on the opera classes. She graduated with honours from the performance program and won many competitions. As a professional chorister and soloist, Liz sang at the Elora Festival, Festival of the Sound, Massey Hall, Lincoln Centre, and on CBC radio and Global television.
Eventually realizing that the singer’s lifestyle was not for her, she found her way back to the piano and is now in demand as an accompanist, specializing in the string repertoire.
When she is not teaching or performing, Liz can be seen cruising around town on her beloved bicycle, Rosie.