Norene Morrow began her career in the arts by singing in choirs, music festivals, concerts, and stage productions. That led her to study music more seriously, earning performance degrees fdrom the University of Manitoba (B. Mus.) ad the University of Arizona (M. Mus.). From there, she went on to teach university level vocal and choral music at both her alma maters, as well as Algoma University (Sault Ste. Marie), Mennonite Brethren College (Winnipeg), and Steinbach Bible College. Since moving to the Okanagan in 2001, Ms. Morrow has taught in community music schools in Penticton, Kelowna, and Vernon. Choir directing positions have included St. Michael and all All Angels Cathedral (Kelowna) and Musaic Vocal Ensemble (Summerland).
Although her background started out fairly traditionally, her musical training, along with her skills in a variety of art and craft mediums, has taken her on a journey in ways she could never have imagined. For the last ten yeras, Ms. Morrow has been associated with Kelowna Actors Studio (a dinner theatre and performing arts school) where she has been head of the set decor department, a costumer, a props maker, and of course a music director and performer. Some favourite shows and roles include Anne of Green Gables (Marilla), Fiddler on the Roof (Golde), South Pacific (Bloody Mary), The Music Man (Mrs. Paroo), and Into the Woods (Jack's Mother). Ms. Morrow also teaches musical theatre performance classes for the KAS Academy and gives workshops in performance skills and auditioning. She has prepared many young hopefuls for theatre school auditions and has seen a number of them go on to careers in the industry.
This season, Ms. Morrow has taken a break from her work at KAS but continues to teach a large private voice studio and has two exciting new projects on the go. She is hte director of a new theatre ministry at her church and is working toward earning her teacher's diploma in Speech Arts and Drama from the Royal Conservatory.