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SMTD Students Perform at the Kennedy Center


The School of Music, Theatre & Dance was well represented at the Kennedy Center on Monday, May 10, in its sixth year of participation in the Millennium Stage Conservatory Project. The Project invites students from fifteen of the top conservatories across the country for performances that highlight and showcase the “incredible talent coming up through the conservatories.”

Timothy Steeves, violin, Daniel Graser, saxophone, SiYi Fang, piano, Nicole Greenidge, soprano, and Kevin Miller, accompanist, were selected to represent the School in a program of solos, with a repertoire ranging from Kaprálová to Ravel to Rachmaninoff to Liszt.

A week later, on Monday, May 17, Jarita Ng, viola, who studies with Yizhak Schotten and Rebecca Albers, was invited to the Kennedy Center as one of a select group of 15 musicians from the Conservatory Project schools, to perform as part of the Kennedy Center’sJohn Adams: Perspectives, a two-week exploration into the work of this American composer.

Ms. Ng had performed Adams’s Chamber Symphony last year, with the U-M Contemporary Directions Ensemble. “That experience helped me considerably, with only two days to rehearse a work Adams himself describes as ‘the hardest piece I’ve ever written.’ The other players in the Chamber Ensemble were extremely talented. The coaches, Teddy Abrams and Nicolas Kendall—Dean Kendall’s nephew—worked very hard putting the piece together and polishing the performance.”

The musicians met John Adams in rehearsal the day of the performance. “He talked with us about new music and its future,” says Ng. “The performance itself was enjoyable beyond words, playing such a challenging yet fun work with brilliant colleagues under the baton of the composer.”

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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

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