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Director of Worship
Dr. Michelle Magee-Norfleet serves as the Director of Music and Creative Arts at Friendship West
Dr. Michelle Magee-Norfleet is a musician, educator, and administrator and native of Dallas, Texas. Her professional work includes serving as the Director of Music, Director of Choral Activities, and Professor of Music at Texas College in Tyler, Texas. She also served as the Division Chair for the largest division of the college, General Studies & Humanities. Prior to her tenure at Texas College, Dr. Michelle was a choral instructor and department chair in the Dallas Independent School district for over a decade, serving as the Director of Choirs at South Oak Cliff High School and David W. Carter High School. She was also the graduate teaching assistant at the University of Texas at Arlington where she assisted in conducting the Chamber Singers and Concert Choir as well as teaching theory and conducting courses.
Dr. Norfleet received her training at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX where she earned a Bachelor of Music Degree with a vocal concentration. She also has a Master of Music Degree in Music Education from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Doctorate of Education in Education Leadership from Jones International University in Centennial, Colorado.
Since 1998, Dr. Norfleet has been teaching voice privately as well as performing professionally domestically and internationally. As a Kennedy grant recipient, Michelle was bestowed with the honor of being one of two sopranos to represent the United States in the annual Music Diaspora Festival in London, England in the summer of 2002. This tour gained her international status and exposure which catapulted her into a successful international career. She has toured in Salzburg, Graz, and Vienna Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and has shared the stage with the likes of Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Al Jarreau, Adonis Rose Jazz Orchestra, the Dan Cavanaugh Band and Oscar Award-Winner Jamie Foxx.
Dr. Norfleet’s teaching experiences includes working with singers of all ages through university, school, church, and community choruses. Dr. Norfleet’s choirs have received numerous awards and honors including UIL Sweepstakes, All-State Choir Chairs, and high honors in UIL State Solo & Ensemble Competitions to name a few. She has toured with choirs domestically and internationally including New York, Washington, D.C., Utah, and the Caribbean. Her personal honors include: 2013 Class Next Generation of Music Professional Award Recipient (Dallas Metroplex Musician Association/NANM); 2009 Jazz Scholarship Recipient Umbria Jazz Berkley College – Perugia, Italy; Guest soloist with domestic and international organizations – Trinidad & Tobago Skiffle Bunch, Austria, Switzerland, London, and Irving Symphony Orchestra; 1st Place Vocalist Competition 2006 National Association of Negro Musicians; TCNAA Presidential Award Recipient (2015); Outstanding Citizen Award presented by Mayor Barbara Bass of Tyler, Texas naming April 26, 2014 “Michelle N. Magee” Day in Tyler, TX.
Dr. Norfleet is married to Marquet D. Norfleet, who is the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Texas College. She is a long-time, proud member of Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas, TX where the senior pastor is Dr. Fredrick D. Haynes, III. Other affiliations include membership in Texas Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
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