Norman Spivey joined the Penn State School of Music faculty in 1992 and teaches singing and courses in voice pedagogy. In the fall of 2011, he and PSU Musical Theatre voice colleagues launched a new MFA in Voice Pedagogy for Musical Theatre, the first degree of its kind. He is also one of the faculty for the workshop Bel Canto/Can Belto: Learning to teach and sing for musical theatre.
Spivey received a BM from Southeastern Louisiana University (from which he received a 2012 Alumni Award), an MM from the University of North Texas, and a DMA 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.
Norman has been the single most influential person in my professional life since I arrived at Penn State. I cannot enumerate the many ways in which Norman’s generous and visionary spirit and have helped me.Mary Saunders-Barton
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 Van L. Lawrence Fellowship awarded jointly by The Voice Foundation and NATS.