Norman Jenson, Organist

Norman was born in California and attended Los Angeles public schools. He received a B.A. in Music from Occidental College and a M.M. from ASU. The highlight of his education occurred during the summer of 1980 when he studied conducting at the J.S. Bach Academy in Stuttgart, Germany. He studied piano with Walter Clark and Josephine Gerin and organ with John Sayre and Clarence Mader.  He has two daughters, Jennifer, an Instructional Assistant, and Lisa, a Cardiac Nurse, and a grandson, Tre, who is a junior in high school.

Prior to beginning his teaching career, Norman was commissioned in the USNR as the original “Ensign Jenson.” He began his teaching career at Pasadena High School and continued teaching as a graduate assistant at ASU for Dr. Douglas McEwen and went on to teach music at Scottsdale Community College for 38 years, retiring in 2008.

While in high school, Norman had the opportunity to play the organ at a small community Methodist church in Sepulveda, CA. It was there in 1953 that he began this marvelous second career as church organist and, at times, a choir director.

Norman loves to travel (he’s visited 25 states and 20 countries), photography, hiking, camping, backpacking and musical theater.