Instruments: Vocals
Place of Birth: Montgomery, Alabama

Norma Burkhardt is a native of Montgomery. A singer of exceptional range and versatility, she has a three octave vocal range and her repertoire includes works by Wagner, Puccini, Mahler, Verdi, Handel, and other classical masters.

Miss Burkhardt attended the Houston Conservatory of Music and has studied with such noted pedagogues as William Vennard, Elisabeth Wood, and Frances Bible. She was a finalist in the Southwest regional Metropolitan Opera auditions in San Antonio.

In Los Angeles, Miss Burkhardt debuted as a Wagnerian soprano with the COTA Symphony. She also appeared with the Beach Cities Symphony and the San Bernadino Symphony Orchestra. She performed Mahler's "Songs of a Wayfarer" with the San Fernando Valley Symphony under the Baton of the Academy Award winning composer, Elmer Bernstein (with stunning reviews).

Miss Burkhardt has sung leading roles with the New Orleans and Baton Rouge Opera companies, including La Perichole, Angelica in Sour Angelica, Augusta in the Ballad of Baby Doe, and the High Priestess in Aida.

An exceptionally versatile artist, Miss Burkhardt is in constant demand for her Cajun & Plantation concerts, performed in costume throughout the southwest. She was the singing mistress of ceremonies in a pair of concerts with the New Orleans Pops Orchestra, during which she shared the stage with the legendary clarinetist, Pete Fountain. She recorded Civil War Songs for the New Orleans Historic collection Museum; from this collection she produced another popular concert (performed in antebellum costume) which she performed regularly at the Louisiana World's Fair.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame