About Us

Steven Nornhold

Welcome to "Hear the Music Live". We understand that pre-teens and teens in foster care homes or orphanages may not have the opportunity to enjoy music activities like attending live concert performances and/or taking music lessons. We hope to bring some joy to these children by providing them with the opportunity to experience these valuable music activities. I have enjoyed music my entire life. I know the positive impact that both learning music and attending live musical performances can provide to young people. I personally have excellent memories of the live performances that I attended as a teenager and how I was in awe – watching my favorite bands and guitar heroes perform live in concert. I am now a proud father of three children, two daughters and one son. I frequently attend live musical events with my two pre-teen daughters and I look forward to having my son join us when he gets older. I see the enjoyment my daughters experience through music and I would like to enable this opportunity to pre-teens and teens in foster care homes or orphanages. Please explore our site and learn more about our: mission, goals, and organization. We hope that you’ll be moved to get involved. We have many volunteer opportunities to suit your talents, and we always welcome new donors and sponsors. Thank you for visiting our Web site!

Warmest Wishes, Steven Nornhold

Aimee White

Hello! I am thrilled to work with Hear the Music Live! I am amazed by what Steven Nornhold and Hear the Music Live is doing in the lives of foster children and teens! As a teen, I spent countless hours listening to my favorite albums, fascinated by the lyrics and intrigued by the artists. As a young adult, I spent years traveling nationwide enjoying concerts. I later went on to develop a deep sense of social responsibility and worked for community non-profit groups bringing music and arts to area students. My love for the "think globally, act locally" philosophy was born out of these grass root grant projects. I was able to see the benefits of small projects not only in the life of a child but transcended to their family and community. Many of the young children that I worked with then are thriving in college now! As a single mother and adult woman, I began to value a university degree for my own life. In 2006, I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. I am currently working on a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing. I feel that it is never too late to reach for your dreams and I believe strongly that these dream seeds are planted in our hearts as children and teens. This is why Hear the Music Live is so impressive because our goal is to make dreams for children come true! My own teenage daughter spends hours listening to music, discovering new artists, and attending live shows. I can see the positive effects that these musical endeavors have on other projects in her life. Music opens so many doors for young people-let’s give them the key! Please let me know if I can answer your questions or feel free to contact me with your ideas! If you have any questions or comments about the site, or supporting our program, please feel free to contact me at aimee_white@hearthemusiclive.org.

Warmest Regards, Aimee White

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." ~ Aldous Huxley


Greetings from the world of a dedicated Marine Corps Wife and Mother. I have enjoyed raising three beautiful daughters the past eighteen years. While my girls were young I opened up an in-home daycare business. This allowed me the opportunity to care for them before and after school, as well as nurture the other children entrusted to me. Throughout the years I have volunteered at schools, plus raised funds for educational foundations and Breast Cancer Awareness. It is such a pleasure to be associated with Steve and Hear the Music Live. I look forward to bringing the joy of music to children as we strive to, "Do everything in love".

Warmest Regards, Paige

Ashlee E. Stein

Hello. My name is Ashlee, and I’m proud to be a part of "Hear the Music Live" under the direction of Steven Nornhold. I am especially excited to have the opportunity to help Steve send young people to concerts. As a teenager growing up in Pennsylvania, I idolized many music groups. My whole bedroom was plastered with pictures of the New Kids on the Block. When I was finally able to see them live in concert, I will never forget the thrill I felt the moment they stepped on stage. My friends and I stood on our chairs and sang along to every number. Since then, I’ve been fortunate to have seen many live shows and have even had the opportunity to meet some of the artists. Now, as the wife of a U.S. Marine and the mother of two children, ages 3 and 2, I still have fond memories of hearing the music live. To be able to give this opportunity to young people who otherwise may never see and experience a live concert is an awesome feeling. That’s why I’m so happy that Steve has asked me to be a part of this organization, and I have enjoyed creating the website for "Hear the Music Live."

Warmest Regards, Ashlee E. Stein

Lawrence Betzel

Performers often speak of the thrill experienced when playing live. The tangible exchange of energy between musician and audience. This holds true for those in audience as well. Attending a live music performance is not a passive event; every one there is a participant. Being able to provide children and teens a chance to participate in the magic of music is very special to me. As a long-time guitar player I have had the opportunity to indulge an entrepreneurial spirit in music-related fields. Together with my wife, and at times our children, we have developed, produced, and sold components to improve the sound of acoustic guitars. I displayed at the summer NAMM show in Indianapolis, IN a few years back and spent time discussing cabinets with Bob Taylor. He provided great input on the future development of one of my cabinets. In addition to NAMM, I regularly attend the Healdsburg, CA guitar festival and have the pleasure of interacting with some of finest luthiers in the world, including Taylor Guitars.

Warmest Regards, Lawrence Betzel

Karen Adams

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Steve and Hear the Music Live to bring music to children, our most precious of all resources. As a child, summers consisted of my neighborhood friends and I lip syncing to our favorite songs or teaching each other the latest dance move. The radio was turned off only after the final warnings from our parents. I will never forget my first major artist outdoor concert. Peter Frampton was performing and taping his "Frampton Comes Alive" album and I was within fifteen feet of the stage. To this day, when one of his songs plays on my IPod, I am right back there at that concert, captivated by the joy of the experience. At present, my husband and son are avid guitar players and my daughter and I are still lip syncing and dancing to our favorite songs. As a former Business Administrator and Fund Development Director for women & children shelters, back-to-school drives, and feeding programs, my responsibilities encompassed fund raising; grant writing, business development, acting as liaison for board of directors, and recruitment/oversight of staff and volunteers. I am honored to bring these skill sets to Hear the Music Live. There is a stillness that occurs when you look into the eyes of a child. When you see the world through their eyes, and change that view for even a few hours, their world is changed forever. Universe translated is, ‘One Song’. I look forward to working with our extended community.

Warmest Regards, Karen Adams