Norman Spivey is professor of music at Penn State, where he teaches singing and courses in voice pedagogy. An active member of 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 is in his second term as Eastern Region governor. His writings have appeared inJournal of Singing, and he has participated in the NATS Intern Programas an intern and as local coordinator, and was selected as a master teacher for the 2010 program.
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 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.