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Choral Conducting Students Win Awards


Michigan brought home awards from the recent American Choral Directors Association conference, held in Chicago March 9-12. Both Ken Sieloff, a junior majoring in choral music education and a member of the U-M Men's Glee Club, and Arian Khaefi, DMA in choral conducting, advanced to the finals in their respective divisions. Over 150 students submitted applications to the two divisions, undergrad and graduate; of those only 7 undergraduates and 8 graduate students were selected to advance. Ken Sieloff won the undergraduate national choral conducting competition and Arian Khaefi was one of four finalists in the graduate division. “They were both fantastic,” said Professor Jerry Blackstone, SMTD Director of Choirs.

DMA student in oboe, Nermis Mieses, working with Professor Nancy Ambrose King, just won First Prize in the Santa Catarina International Oboe Competition in Brazil.  She also won the prize for Best Interpretation of a Brazilian Piece.

Tubist David McLemore, 23, a master’s candidate in tuba performance working with Fritz Kaenzig, was one of five finalists in the 55th annual WAMSO Young Artist Competition, of the Minnesota Orchestra, out of an original field of 63 contestants.  Mr. McLemore was awarded a full scholarship to the Aspen Music Festival and School for summer 2011.

past news

September 2017
March 2014

U-M UpstART Festival Begins 03/31/2014

Students Present "Wall-to-Wall Theatre Festival" 03/27/2014

First-Ever SMTD Chamber Music Competition Launches April 5 03/27/2014

Doctoral Fellow Named MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year 03/26/2014

Theatre Student Lands Major TV Role 03/25/2014

Elizabeth Batiuk (ethnomusicology) has been chosen as a fellow at the Sweetland/Rackham Dissertation Writing Institute for spring 2014 and James McNally (ethnomusicology) received a summer and academic year FLAS for the study of Portuguese.    03/17/2014

Musicology graduate student Elizabeth McLain has been awarded a prestigious Lurcy Fellowship for research in France during the 2014-2015 academic year.   03/14/2014

December 2013

SMTD students Zoe Kumagai, Stephanie Aboukasm, and Adam DesJardins are among students profiled in an LSA article about the "Michigan in Washington" program, in which students intern at various Washington, DC organizations and businesses, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center, and the Washington Performing Arts Society.    12/10/2013

October 2013
August 2013

Evan Zegiel, a sophomore who studies with Fritz Kaenzig, was the First Place winner in the Tuba Student division of the 2013 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium & Tuba Festival.     08/21/2013

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

November 2011
August 2011
June 2011
Current Student News
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2018 SMTD Concerto Competition Winners Announcedmore
Two musical theatre students perform with New York Philharmonicmore

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