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Spring Orchestra Concert of Works by Student Composers


This spring, the University Symphony Orchestra dedicated a concert to only works of current UM composers as they have for several years. The program included works by Subaram Raman, Evan Ware, William Pertz, Roger Zare, Ching-Mei Lin and Ashton Thatcher. The performance was a great success and highly attended.

For the masters and doctoral students, getting to hear their orchestral works and work with musicians on the pieces is a unique opportunity as Roger Zare stated, “It was an incredible learning experience, not just through hearing our orchestrations translated into real sound, but also through the back and forth interactions between us and the conductor and the musicians in the orchestra.” Student Lin also commented that, “The luxurious experience of working with USO is definitely one of the highlights during my studies at Michigan.”

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
Student composers: (from left to right) Subaram Raman, Evan Ware, Ching-Mei Lin, Ashton Thatcher, William Pertz, Roger Zare
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Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower