Norman Spivey joined the School of Music faculty in 1992 and teaches singing and courses in voice pedagogy. In fall 2011, he and Penn State Musical Theatre voice colleagues will launch a new M.F.A. in Voice Pedagogy for Musical Theatre, the first degree of its kind. He also participates in the workshop Bel Canto/Can Belto: Learning to teach and sing for musical theatre.
An active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), he has served as president of the Allegheny Mountain Chapter, governor of the Pennsylvania District, and national vice president for workshops, and currently serves on the board of the NATS Foundation and as Eastern Region governor. He was selected as a master teacher for the 2010 NATS Intern Program, and his writings have appeared in the Journal of Singing. He was recently forwarded as the candidate for NATS president-elect.
Professor Spivey received a B.M. from Southeastern Louisiana University, a M.M. from the University of North Texas, and a D.M.A. from the University of Michigan. A Fulbright grant to Paris, where he worked with renowned baritones Gabriel Bacquier and Gérard Souzay, led to concert and opera engagements throughout France, as well as a tour of France and Canada as Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. While in France, he was also awarded the Harriet Hale Woolley Award as artist-in-residence at the Fondation des Etats-Unis. He has sung Schubert’s Winterreise at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and performed the American premiere of Poulenc’s rediscovered Quatre Poèmes de Max Jacob. His most recent performance project, Écoute: pieces of Reynaldo Hahn, was an original one-man show on the life and music of the French composer that toured around the country. Spivey has received fellowships from the Aspen Music Festival and the Institute for Advanced Vocal Studies in Paris; in 2003 he received the prestigious Van L. Lawrence Fellowship awarded jointly by The Voice Foundation and NATS. In 2011, Spivey was invited to join the American Academy of Teachers of Singing.