Norman Spivey joined the School of Music faculty in 1992, and teaches singing and courses in voice pedagogy. In 2012, he was awarded the College of Arts and Architecture Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching. With Penn State musical theatre voice colleagues, he launched the MFA in Voice Pedagogy for Musical Theatre degree in fall 2011, the first 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, governor of the Eastern Region, national vice-president for NATS Workshops, and as a member of the board of the NATS Foundation. He was selected as a Master Teacher for the 2010 NATS intern program, and his writings have appeared in the NATS Journal of Singing. He is the current NATS President.
Spivey received the Bachelor of Music degree from Southeastern Louisiana University, the Master of Music from the University of North Texas, and the Doctor of Musical Arts 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 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 to nearly forty venues around the country.
He has received fellowships from the Aspen Music Festival and the Institute for Advanced Vocal Studies in Paris, and is the recipient of the prestigious Van L. Lawrence Fellowship awarded jointly by The Voice Foundation and NATS. In 2011, Spivey was inducted into the distinguished American Academy of Teachers of Singing.