Norma was born into a family of singers and song leaders. Both of her parents were active singers and directors of church and community choirs. Continuing in tradition, Norma is Minister of Music at Evangelistic Baptist Church of Christ in Oklahoma City, Director of Youth Choir/Congress Chorister for the National Missional Baptist Convention of America and Music Coordinator for the SW Youth Convention. She is a Music Workshop Clinician, Music Composer/Arranger and concert soloist in the Oratorio, Spiritual and Gospel genres.
Ms. Noble recently retired as Deputy Secretary of Commerce for Workforce Development for the State of Oklahoma. She joined the Ambassadors’ in 1980. She continues to work with the ACC Board, the Regional Food Bank, A+ Oklahoma and Corporation for Skilled Workforce.
Linda “Susie” Bratcher
Susie, as a youngster, there was a definite fascination with the piano. Her parents purchased a beautiful new Baldwin piano in 1968 and piano lessons began, studying first with Mrs. Mary Durham, and with Mrs. Zora Swinney. There was no organized music instruction given in either Loco or Ringling Public Schools, outside of band, so piano was it. Being blessed with a good ear to be able to hear and then play a melody and embellish with chords and arpeggios is a helpful tool for a church musician. At the small rural church of Asphaltum Assembly of God, when Susie learned to play, starting at age 11, the church always had a musician.
Susie attended East Central University where she earned a BS in Education, majoring in PE, but with minors in Vocal Music and Social Studies.
Susie has sung with the Canterbury Choral Society, under direction of Dr. Dennis Schrock and Ms. Constantina Tsolainou and the Chancel Choir of Nichols Hills United Methodist Church, directed by Dr. Stephen Coker and Michael Wylder. She has been a singing member of the Ambassadors Concert Choir for many years, under the direction of the late Dr. Kenneth E. Kilgore and Dr. Sandra D. Thompson. Susie is currently a staff musician for Putnam City Christian Church, directed by Mr. Jim Henline, and for New Vessels Christian Church.