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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. 2018 SMTD Concerto Competition Winners Announced

    The 2018 School of Music, Theatre & Dance Concerto Competition winners have been announced. The winners in the undergraduate category are: Yu Chao Weng, BM ’19, violin, who performed Béla Bartók’s Violin Concerto no. 2, accompanied by Narae Joo on piano. Jiyuan Zhang, BM’ 18, piano, who performed Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of…

  3. Always Inspirational, Forever Valiant: A Bicentennial Appreciation for the Performing Arts at Michigan

    The University of Michigan Bicentennial marks 200 years of extraordinary research, education, and public service. According to U-M’s official history, the institution was founded as one “that stresses both the life of the mind and the life of practical achievement; that is both broadly accessible and devoted to educating the leaders of the future.” While…

  4. 2017 Concerto Competition Winners Announced

    The 2017 School of Music, Theatre & Dance Concerto Competition winners have been announced. The winners in the undergraduate category are: Stuart Carlson (BM ’18, violin), performing Berg’s Violinkonzert. Carlson’s studio instructor is Stephen Shipps and he holds an undergrad scholarship. Samuel Kidd (BM ’17, voice), performing Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder. Kidd’s studio instructor is Freda Herseth and he…

  5. The New Entrepreneurs

    When graduate student Ashley Stanley (flute and chamber arts) arrived at Michigan in the fall of 2014, she recognized immediately that she was receiving a world-class education. “My playing ability was improving exponentially and I was getting the chance to work with serious colleagues with unbelievable talent,” she recalled recently. But Stanley also felt that…