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Norma Gentile
soprano - sound shaman

Norma Gentile is a professional recording artist and singer who received a Bachelors and Masters in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan. She is also a natural clairvoyant healer and trained intuitive. Her three CDs of chant by Hildegard von Bingen, Unfurling Love's Creation, Meditation Chants, and Healing Chants,, have met with international praise. Her concerts, workshops and recordings reflect her passion in bringing music from the inaudible realms into the physical world for healing purposes.

Her formal training in music combined with her studies in esoteric healing have helped Norma understand how sound affects our ability to heal. With this awareness she is a pioneer in the field of sound and healing. Norma teaches workshops across the country in this arena, and has earned critical praise internationally for her recordings of sacred chant. Considered one of the leading specialists in the performance of Gregorian chants of the 12th century mystic and abbess Hildegard von Bingen, her concert performances are unique experiences of sacred sound and sacred healing.

She has been featured on CBS-TV and on nationally syndicated radio shows such as All Things Considered, Harmonia, and Sound & Spirit. Her music is utilized by Carolyn Myss, Drunvalo Melchizedek and other presenters. Her healing experience is recounted in Brooke Medicine-Eagle's book The Last Ghost Dance. Norma's articles appear regularly in magazines as diverse as Early Music America Magazine, Sedona Journal, The Monthly Aspectarian, and numerous monthly metaphysical magazines..

She brings to her work "intimacy, trust and abandonment in God" says Yoga Journal. "She has a fine, rich-toned, splendidly controlled voice…" according to American Record Guide. David Fallows of Gramophone Magazine highlighted Unfurling Love's Creation as one of three outstanding Hildegard recording.

Norma has been invited to teach at the American Conservatory Theater and Wisdom University. She coached cast members of Broadway shows Vagina Monologues and The Lion King, as well as singers from musical groups as diverse as Sweet Honey in the Rock and Hesperion XXI. She has presented workshops and been a keynote speaker on Sound Healing for the Association of Humanistic Psychology, Call-to-Action National Convention, University of Michigan Hospitals, Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center, Weber Dominican Center, and Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment.

Also a writer and channel for Archangel Michael and Mary, Norma's columns appear regularly in the Sedona Journal and are circulated to more than 30 monthly magazines world-wide. Her musical compisitions in the style of Hildegard have been recorded on the Healing Chants label.

Her background includes teaching and researching in Spain, where she co-founded an early music ensemble harpsichordist and conductor with Eduardo Lopez Banzo.(who records for Deutche Gramophone/Harmonia Mundi) Here in the US she founded the original instrument ensemble Oriana, directed the madrigal group Our Lady's Madrigal Singers, and served on the Board of Directors of The Academy of Early Music. Norma currently serves on the International Editorial Board of OCHRE, Journal of Women's Spirituality, published by the California Institute of Integral Studies, a project of the Women's Spirituality Program.


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