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  1. Performing Well

    SMTD’s new Wellness Initiative is addressing the unique physical and psychological challenges faced by performing arts students. With the exception of intercollegiate athletics, there is no program at the University of Michigan that is more physically taxing than the study of the performing arts. Instrumentalists, singers, dancers, and actors constantly use their bodies in service to…

  2. Meet the (not remotely) Mean Girls

    When Erika Henningsen arrived at Michigan as a musical theatre freshman in 2010, she viewed her classmates Taylor Louderman and Ashley Park—both seasoned sophomores—as the ultimate in cool. Seeing them on stage, she thought: “I just want them to like me, I just want to be friends with them.” Her wish came true: over the…

  3. SMTD Alumni Win GRAMMY Awards

    Alumni of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance were named winners at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, which took  place at New York City on Sunday, January 28. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (BFA ’06, musical theatre), composers and lyricists for Dear Evan Hansen, won the GRAMMY for “Musical Theater Album,” for…

  4. A New Musical with a Michigan Pedigree

    The last time Jeffrey Seller (BA ’86) worked with his lifelong best friend Andrew Lippa (BM ’87) was in 1989, when the recent graduates collaborated on a musical called A Pound of Feathers. Lippa wrote the music, Seller directed, and it was staged at a temple on the Upper West Side of Manhattan; tickets were…

  5. 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…