A Black Man with short hair searing a black suit jacket and white button down smiles at the camera.

Get to know Norman Shankle

Tenor Soloist, An African American Requiem

Norman Shankle joins Choral Arts for the East Coast premiere of Damien Geter’s An African American Requiem.

About a month ago, Norman sang in the world premiere of Adolphus Hailstork’s A Knee on The Neck with baritone soloist Kenneth Overton and our friends at the National Philharmonic.

Choral Arts: What does An African American Requiem mean to you?

Norman Shankle: Being a part of this Requiem is important to me for several reasons. I think working on new works is always important. Outside of expanding the repertoire, new ideas keep music alive and moving forward. Most importantly, for me, getting the chance to tell a part of my story in great music is an experience that doesn’t happen too often and I’m proud to be a part of it.

Choral Arts: What album, recording, or artist are you listening to most right now?

Norman Shankle: Music I’m listening to now-
Love Supreme- John Coltrane
Tyler the Creator-Flower Boy
Sufjan Stevens- Carrie and Lowell
Rautavaara- Concerto for birds and Orchestra

Keep up with Norman’s upcoming performances at https://www.uiatalent.com/artists/norman-shankle/#artist-calendar