Sadie Spivey was recipient of the 1st prize in the Sing Out! – a scholarship competition for voice performance across theatrical genres – receiving the Steve Roland Prize. Sing Out! was held in the Borland Project Space, with adjudicators from the Schools of Music and Theater – Annie Burridge, Ted Christopher, Susan Schulman, and Gwen Walker. Receiving Honorable Mention for Opera was Staci Dickens.
Showcasing vocal training at Penn State, Sing Out! reflects the ways in which students in the School of Music and School of Theatre develop artistic and technical knowledge in both classical and musical theatre repertories. Scholarship contestants provide a program of three contrasting selections—one from opera, one from musical theatre, and one of the singer’s choice. The performances are staged to embody the character and express the lyric, and value is placed on students stretching themselves vocally, dramatically, and musically.
1st prize was given in honor of Steve Roland (1928-2011), an actor at home in Broadway shows, TV commercials and smoky clubs over a long career. Born in Eldred, PA, Roland started his career in show business as a boy soprano, singining all over the country. He made his Broadway debut as a replacement in the original production of South Pacific. His son is Richard Roland (husband of Penn State voice faculty member Raymond Sage).