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Students Perform at Kennedy Center


For the eleventh consecutive year, music students from the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance will perform in Washington, D.C. as part of the Kennedy Center's Conservatory Project. This semi-annual event, presented by the Centene Charitable Foundation, is designed to present the best young musical artists in classical, jazz, musical theatre, opera, and more from our nation's leading undergraduate and graduate conservatories, colleges, and universities.

The Conservatory Project creates an ongoing showcase for our nation's exceptional young talent and introduces Washington audiences to young musicians destined to have important careers. All performances are free to the public.

"There is no greater thrill for performers than being invited onto one of the world's great stages, and this uniquely inspirational event provides the highest level of professional experience for these young artists," said Dean Christopher Kendall. "It cultivates a passion for excellence and a commitment to sharing their artistry with the world. We are honored to be a part of this important event."

SMTD's Conservatory Project performances will take place on Thursday, February 19 beginning at 6 p.m. and will be streamed live from the Kennedy Center website. The performers include:

  • Daniel Fendrick, bassoon, accompanied by César Cañón Riveros on piano performing Tamplini's Capriccio su motivi dell' Opera L'Elisir d'Amore di Donizetti;
  • Janel Speelman, soprano, also accompanied by Riveros, singing Handel's "V'adoro pupille" from Giulio Cersare, and Obrador's Canciones Clasicas Espagnol;
  • The Evita String Quartet (Hyo Rim Han, violin; Haerim Lee, violin; Yi-Chun Lin, viola; Soojung Kim, cello) performing the first movement of Brahms's String Quartet No. 2;
  • Sonya Schumann, piano, performing Stravisnky's Firebird Suite, arranged by Guido Agosti.

U-M is one of only 15 schools invited to perform at the prestigious event which also welcomes students from The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, Yale School of Music, New England Conservatory, and Cleveland Institute, among others. Performances from past years are available to watch on demand on the Kennedy Center's website, including SMTD's all-Gershwin concert from 2014. 



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
The Evita Quartet
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