Faculty Profiles

Nora Shaffer

Voice, Piano

Nora joined The Music Center in 2021, teaching voice and piano to students of all skill levels. She was drawn to the center because of its dynamic approach to teaching while encouraging students to embrace all forms of music. Nora connects with her students by establishing goals and cultivating a plan of action. “I love seeing my students blossom,” shares Nora. “I also try to instill confidence in each of my student’s abilities — because having the courage to believe in oneself is a personal challenge I overcame early in my musical development.” She is adamant that each student has unique talents, and her goal is to reveal these hidden talents. Nora’s love for music goes back to her 9th grade Choir Class, where she realized she could capture an audience. Later, singing during a jazz festival as part of the choir cemented her passion for music. One of her most memorable musical experiences was singing in the Michigan State University Choir and performing for the Holocaust Remembrance Concert in front of multiple survivors. “It was truly a beautiful and inspiring moment,” she adds. Recently, Nora performed for Hastings Presbyterian Church — and continues to bond with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. While the classics are her favorite, Nora enjoys listening to all types of music, including rhythm and blues and various Disney hits. If she weren’t professionally singing, playing, or teaching, she would be an interior designer. She loves anything Disney and relaxing with her three cats, Theodore Titus, Penelope Piper, and Lorelei Quinn. Nora received a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Michigan State University.