Norman Luboff was an American music arranger, music publisher, and choir director.
Norman Luboff was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1917. He was taught piano as a child and was part of his high school chorus. However, it was not until his college years that he began to think of music as a life-long profession. Luboff studied at the University of Chicago and Central College in Chicago. Following this, he did graduate work with the noted composer Leo Sowerby while singing and writing for some of the best radio programs in Chicago. In the mid-1940s, Luboff moved to New York City to expand his musical horizons.
With a call from Hollywood to be choral director of The Railroad Hour, a radio weekly starring Gordan McRae, Mr. Luboff entered a period of enormous artistic growth and accomplishment, including the scoring of many television programs and more than eighty motion pictures. He also recorded with America’s most noted artists, including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, and Doris Day.
In 1950, he established the Walton Music Corporation to make his musical works available in printed form. His compositions, arrangements and editions were performed worldwide, and have influenced countless composers and arrangers. Luboff provided a vehicle for composers in Sweden to have their works available in the United States. These include Egil Hovland, Waldemar Ahlen, Walton Music Corporation remains in business today, having grown in prominence and influence. It is now considered one of the most important choral music publishers in America. Its editorial staff includes prominent choral conductors and educators Jo-Michael Scheibe, Philip Brunelle and Lynne Gackle. The company, now under the guidance of Luboff’s widow, Gunilla, has experienced a rejuvenation in recent years, due to affiliations with important composers such as Eric Whitacre and others, and prominent choral series such as The Real Group Choral Series, The Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series, and The Dale Warland Choral Series.