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SphinxCon to feature SMTD faculty and alumni


School of Music, Theatre & Dance  faculty and alumni will be well represented at this year's SphinxCon: Ignite to Action, a national conference that explores diversity in the arts. The conference takes place February 5-6 at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit and features industry leaders presenting ideas, tools, and inspiration to spark conversation and action focused on diversity in the arts.

The conference concludes with the Sphinx Competition Finals Concert on Sunday, February 7 at 2 p.m. at Orchestra Hall (the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center) in Detroit.

Among the 2016 SphinxCon presenters is SMTD Dean Aaron Dworkin, founder of the Sphinx Organization, who will interview actor Delroy Lindo, recipient of SphinxCon's Arthur L. Johnson Memorial Series Award (Feb. 6 at 9 p.m.). Dworkin will also present a session titled "Dean Maverick: Bringing the Entrepreneurial Mindset to the Academic World" (Feb. 6 at 3 p.m.).

Other SphinxCon participants from SMTD include Mark Clague, director of entrepreneurship and career services and associate professor of musicology. He will be joined by SMTD alumna Laurie Baefsky, the executive director of U-M's ArtsEngine and the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities, a national organization housed at U-M, for a session titled "Innovate True: On the Art of Disruption & Entrepreneurship" (Feb. 6 at 11:30 a.m.).

The conference will also present alumna Carla Dirlikov, a world acclaimed mezzo-soprano and a recipient of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence in 2014. She will perform with the Brasil Guitar Duo and violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins on Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. Performing as concertmaster at the Finals concert is SMTD Associate Professor of Violin Danielle Belen, a 2015 Sphinx Medal of Excellence winner and the 2008 winner of the Sphinx Competition Senior Division.

The Sphinx Organization is offering complimentary registration for the conference to all SMTD alumni, faculty, students, and staff. To receive the free registration, visit and use the code SMTD2016. For tickets to the Finals Concert, visit or call 313-675-5111.



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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February 2010
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