Dr. Norma White — Recipient of the Ovation Lifetime Achievement Award!!
In honor of Black History Month, the Ritz Chamber Players will honor Dr. Norma Solomon White for her historic musical achievements in Jacksonville and beyond.
The Ritz Chamber Players will present Dr. White with the Ovation Lifetime Achievement of Northeast Florida Award in their Lift Every Voice and Sing Black History concert, held on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Hicks Auditorium of the Jacksonville Main Library at 303 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Dr. White attended Stanton High School in Jacksonville, Fla. and went on to attend Julliard School of Music in New York. Her accomplishments include a multitude of “firsts,” including:
• First female member of the famed FAMU “Marching 100” (1951-55)
• First female band director in Duval County. Jacksonville, Fla., 1955
• First Band Director at Isiah Blocker Junior High School
• First Legacy International President in the 103 year history of Alpha
• Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., 1998-2002
• First International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. from
the State of Florida
• Only Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority International President to serve in two centuries
• First Instrumental Music Coordinator in the State of Florida
• Coordinator of the First HIPPY program in Jacksonville
The Ovation Lifetime Achievement of Northeast Florida Award recognizes an individual for artistic vision and historic contribution to the Northeast Florida cultural community.