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U-M UpstART Festival Begins


The University of Michigan kicks off the first annual UpstART Festival, which runs from March 31 - April 3, 2014, to celebrate the arts at Michigan. The UpstART Festival, sponsored by the U-M Arts Consortium, celebrates all forms of artistic expression and features arts-related activities on the U-M campus including music, visual arts, dance, poetry, theatre, and film.

Over the four-day festival, SMTD students, faculty, and alumni will be an integral part of the festivities. Students will be featured speakers and will showcase their work, culminating with a free student show at the Power Center on April 3 at 7:30 PM. Distinguished SMTD alumni and faculty will address audiences in "MTalks," on a variety of topics, at the Mendelssohn Theatre.

 SMTD student, faculty and alumni presenters include:

 SMTD alumni speakers:

  • Alex Kip (musical theatre): "The Community in Art"
  • Sam Lips (musical theatre): "Theatre is My Job"
  • Dominique Morisseau (theatre & drama): "Arts, Activism, and Becoming Fearless"
  • Deb Mexicotte (theatre & drama): "Engaging in the Arts at U-M: What Every Student Needs to Know (and What We Need to Know About Our Students)!"

SMTD faculty speakers:

  • Lester Monts (musicology)Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Senior Counselor to the President for the Arts, Diversity and Undergraduate Affairs, and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Music
  • Jessica Fogel (dance), "Sensing the Spirit of Place: Creating Site Dances"
  • Anita Gonzalez (theatre & drama), "Global Theatre, Diversity and International Collaborations"
  • Annette Masson (theatre & drama): "The Art of Talking: What Do Presenters and Performers Need to Know to Achieve Clear and Articulate Dialogue When it is Fast Disappearing From Our Culture"
  • Sile O'Modhrain (performing art technology): "Feeling is Believing: Perception, Action and Interaction Design"
  • Ed Sarath (jazz & contemporary improvisation): "Improvisation, Creativity, and Consciousness"

SMTD student speakers and performers

  • Adrian Slywotzky (conducting): “Where Music and Medicine Meet”
  • Brian Garcia (interarts performance)
  • Melissa Golliday (theatre & drama)
  • Jonathan Hulting-Cohen (saxophone), Christopher Haddlesey (music) & Henry Nettleton (musical theatre): "Connecting the Campus Through the Arts."
  • Henry Nettleton (musical theatre)
  • Charlie Reischl (double bass): "The Importance and Endurance of Gathering in Ann Arbor"
  • Garrett Schumann (composition): "Composers Are People Too: Exploring the Connection Between Social Activity and Music"
  • Rheme Sloan (voice)



For a full list of UpstART events, times and locations, please visit  


past news

November 2015
October 2014

Anisha Nandi, from The Michigan Daily, sat down with professor Michael Gould to talk about his "Remember Me" show. The video can be seen on the Michigan Daily website.   10/01/2014

July 2014

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Dance, Peter Sparling is a recipient of a Distinguished University Professorship. Effective September 1, Sparling will be a Rudolf Arnheim Distinguished University Professor. This appointment is one of the highest honors the University can bestow upon a faculty member.   07/18/2014

Professor Patricia Hall will be presenting her paper, "Alban Berg's 'Guilt' by Association to the Music, Censorship and Meaning in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union conference at the Colburn School in Los Angeles this August.   07/12/2014

April 2014

Prof. Ed Sarath Receives U-M's "Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award" 04/21/2014

Professor Kuster Wins Prestigious OPERA America Grant 04/04/2014

Professor Mukherji to Speak in London this July 04/04/2014

Áine Heneghan, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, will present her research on Schoenberg's Formenlehre at the following conferences, all in 2014: Music Theory Midwest (Appleton, WI), the Eighteenth Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music (Toronto, Canada), EuroMAC (Leuven, Belgium), and the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory (Milwaukee).   04/01/2014

March 2014

U-M UpstART Festival Begins 03/31/2014

A Multimedia Installation on Climate Change 03/28/2014

Wayne Petty, Associate Professor of Music Theory, will read his paper, "Some Multimovement Designs in C. P. E. Bach's Late Keyboard Sonatas" at the Seventh EuroMac conference, which will gather scholars from all music theory societies in Europe in Leuven, Belgium, from 17 to 21 September, 2014.  An adaptation of the paper will be presented to the Society for Music Theory in Milwaukee in the Fall of 2014.   03/26/2014

Walter Everett, Professor of Music Theory, announces the publication of Los Beatles como músicos: De Revolver de la Antología (Buenos Aires: Eterna Cadencia, 2013), the Spanish translation of his The Beatles as Musicians: Revolver through the Anthology (Oxford University Press, 1999).   03/21/2014

Celebration of Professor George Shirley's 80th Birthday 03/19/2014

Prof. Korsyn presents keynote in The Hague, serves in scholarly appointments 03/14/2014

December 2013

In January 2014 Professor Wayne Petty will read the paper, "Wilhelm Fischer and the Fortspinnung-type Sonata Exposition," at the Seventh International Conference on Music Theory in Tallin and Pärnu, Estonia.  The conference theme is "Musical Form: Mapping the Territories."   12/17/2013

AmeriGrove II, edited by Professor Charles Garrett, is published 12/13/2013

November 2013

Gosman Presents Beethoven Research 11/16/2013

Department of Music Theory Announces Visiting Speakers of 2014 11/16/2013

Everett Launches Beatles Observances 11/16/2013

Interarts professor Holly Hughes presents The Dog and Pony Show (Bring Your Own Pony) in a webcast performance at the Chicago Humanities Festival on Mon., Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Her newest performance work, the piece offers a poetic and comic meditation on midlife crises in the key of canine.   11/01/2013

September 2013

SMTD Welcomes New Faculty 09/27/2013

Ramon Satyendra, associate professor of music theory, has published his essay, "Morphisms of Generalized Interval Systems and PR-Groups" (co-authored with Thomas Fiore and Thomas Noll), in Journal of Mathematics and Music 7/1.   09/20/2013

Alan Gosman Co-authors New Beethoven Book 09/06/2013

July 2013

Professor Ashley Lucas and three Theatre & Drama students are engaged in an intensive exchange program with UniRio in Rio de Janiero, Brazil this summer, where they are blogging about their experiences in UniRio's prison arts program and more.   07/12/2013

June 2013

SMTD Mourns Professor Emeritus Erling Bengtsson 06/10/2013

Holly Hughes, professor of interarts performance in the Department of Theatre & Drama, was profiled in Hyperallergic, an online magazine about art and culture, which included a Q&A with Hughes about her role as one of the "NEA Four."   06/06/2013

Music theory professor Walter Everett's role as an expert on the music of the Beatles was the subject of an article in      06/06/2013

Hall presents in Copenhagen 06/03/2013

May 2013

Robert Hurst, associate professor of jazz and contemporary improvisation, was featured in a Q&A article in on the occasion of the release of his new CD, BOB: a palindrome.   05/01/2013

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