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  1. Leveling the Conducting Field

    Along with the United States presidency, one of the hardest glass ceilings for women to break is in the field of music conducting. So it’s especially noteworthy that SMTD employs seven female faculty conductors-fully 50 percent of the professors who conduct SMTD ensembles. They include Andrea Brown and Courtney Snyder (band); Julie Skadsem (choir); Kathleen…

  2. U-M Bicentennial’s Fall Festival will feature “A-Maize-ing SMTD” concert and more

    The University of Michigan continues its Bicentennial celebrations over Homecoming weekend with the UMich200 Fall Festival, taking place Thursday, October 26 through Saturday, October 28. The focus will be on the next 100 years and what the University of Michigan will be as it moves forward. SMTD will again play a major role in the…

  3. UMS, SMTD and the New York Philharmonic Announce Details for 2017 MICHIGAN Residency

    The University Musical Society of the University of Michigan (UMS) and the New York Philharmonic, in conjunction with the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD), announce full details for the New York Philharmonic’s 2017 residency in Ann Arbor, taking place November 16-19, 2017. The residency will feature numerous performances, master classes,…

  4. The Beating Heart of Cuba

    Music is everywhere in Cuba. You hear it emanating from the densely packed apartment buildings, from the open-air restaurants and bars, from the never-ending stream of candy-colored vintage American cars that zip through the broad cosmopolitan boulevards of Havana and snake through the narrow cobblestone lanes of Trinidad.

  5. Jazz Students Travel to Cuba for Cultural Immersion Tour

    A group of jazz percussion students from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) will travel to Cuba over spring break (February 25 – March 4) for a week of study and performance with Cuban musicians and students, as well as an immersive exploration of Cuban culture and history. Funded by…