Gregory Norton is Minister of Music at Pasadena Presbyterian Church where he oversees a comprehensive and eclectic music program and an established community concert series. He is active as a conductor, organist, and liturgist. His articles and sermons on church music have been published nationally and two of his musical compositions are published by the H.T.FitzSimons company. He is also Music Director of The Claremont Chorale, an independent community chorus based in the city of Claremont, California.
A native of Redlands, California, Greg holds degrees in conducting from Chapman College and the University of Southern California. He attended the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, and is an ordained minister in The United Methodist Church. Prior to coming to Pasadena Presbyterian Church in 1993, he served in a similar capacity at First United Methodist Church in Boulder, Colorado, where he reinvigorated that church’s choirs, established a community concert series and a founded a resident chamber orchestra.
Greg believes that a primary task of this generation of church leaders is to bring about a creative and pastoral renewal of the musical repertoire of mainline Protestant worship. Under his leadership, Pasadena Presbyterian Church has instituted monthly prayer services in the style of the Taizi community, greatly expanded its Sunday morning repertoire and produced a regional worship and music conference in 1999. A compact disc recording he made with the Kirk Choir of Pasadena Presbyterian Church was featured on the radio show Pipedreams, heard on the Public Radio International network. He has served as the Dean of the Pasadena Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and in various capacities on a number of professional and denominational boards.