Sherrie Norwitz joined the Towson University faculty as professor of viola in 1989. She has earned degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University and the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she held a graduate assistantship. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Maryland College Park where she was awarded a graduate fellowship in chamber music studies with the Guarneri String Quartet. Her viola studies have been with Karen Tuttle, John Graham, Miles Hoffman, and Michael Tree.
Norwitz’ chamber music and orchestral festival studies include the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival directed by Leslie Parnas, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival with the Tokyo String Quartet, the New York String Orchestra Seminar directed by Alexander Schneider, the Taos School of Music with the American String Quartet, the Cleveland Chamber Music Seminar with the Guarneri String Quartet, the Scotia Festival of Music with Walter Trampler, and the Aspen Music Festival where she was a fellowship recipient for several years and performed as Assistant Principal Violist in the Aspen Festival Chamber Symphony. She has also toured Scandinavia and performed at the Newport Festival as a member of the New American Chamber Orchestra.
Norwitz performed as a member of the Baltimore Opera Orchestra for 22 years and served as principal violist of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra for nine. She has been a regular freelance artist in the Baltimore/Washington area, performed with the contemporary chamber music ensemble Res Musicamerica, and has appeared as concerto soloist and in recital throughout Maryland. She performs regularly with faculty chamber ensembles at Towson University, is a clinician at the TU String Day and All State Workshops, and also serves part-time as an Instrumental String Music Specialist with the Baltimore City Public Schools.