Dr. Dawn Norfleet hails from Los Angeles as an alumna of Wellesley College and Columbia University. As a Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Fellow, her orchestra piece, Seed, was selected for a reading in New York City, and was later premiered by the Bloomington Symphony. In 2020, Dr. Norfleet was commissioned by ACO to compose for Clarice Assad. As a Chou Wen-chung Fellow with the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, she composed several song settings presented by Molly Morkoski, Jessica Rivera, and Duo Cortona. In 2022-23, she joins the GLFCAM collective, “Composing Earth’…a uniquely robust commissioning program” challenging composers to use their gifts to address urgent environmental issues. A compositional polyglot, her influences include jazz, Western, and global polyphony.