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  1. Empowering Women Filmmakers

    Over a weekend in January, SMTD alumnae gathered to hone their filmmaking skills. Last fall, two SMTD theatre alumnae met for coffee in Los Angeles, where both live, to discuss the ins and outs of filmmaking. The get together hadn’t been planned for the purpose of developing a workshop for women filmmakers, but that’s what…

  2. Moving Forward, Looking Back

    Professors Peter Sparling and Jerry Blackstone reflect on three decades at SMTD as they prepare for retirement. “I think that in the 30 years I’ve been here, Peter and I have maybe interacted no more than a few minutes,” said Professor Jerry Blackstone, director of choral activities and chair of conducting, as he settled himself…

  3. $100K grand prize winner announced at U-M’s third annual M-Prize chamber arts competition

    After two days of semifinals and finals concerts at the University of Michigan, the Aizuri Quartet has won the $100,000 M-Prize for the third annual chamber arts competition hosted by the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance. The announcement was made Sunday night at Hill Auditorium after the grand prize gala competition, which also…

  4. SMTD Alumni Couple Win Met Audition

    The first married couple to ever win the nation’s most prestigious vocal competition-the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions-are both voice alumni of SMTD. Tenor Carlos Enrique Santelli (MM ’16) and mezzo-soprano Ashley Dixon (MM ’15), who were married in September 2017, were among five winners chosen after many months of competitions at the district, regional,…

  5. Big Data and Music: U-M Projects Explore the Connections

    From digital analysis of Bach sonatas to mining data from crowdsourced compositions, researchers at the University of Michigan are using modern big data techniques to transform how we understand, create, and interact with music. Four U-M research teams will receive support for projects that apply data science tools like machine learning and data mining to…