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Hack The Bells Submission Deadline Approaching


The bells of Burton and Lurie Towers are the public sound of U-M's artistic and engineering heritage, and we propose that they peal throughout the pivotal year that leads us into our third century.

We are delighted to announce a call for works for student installations, site-specific projects, and other creative proposals and performances involving either or both carillons. All current U-M students are eligible to apply. The winning work will become part of the U-M Bicentennial's carillon event series in Fall 2017 entitled A Carillon Lab for the 21st Century.

An independent jury will select a proposal based on originality, depth of concept, and engagement with the site, as well as feasibility. The selected applicant or team will receive a grant of $1,000 to realize the proposal.

Submissions should include (1) an abstract of no more than two pages that explains artistic and conceptual motivations related to this site-specific work, (2) a detailed budget. You may include supporting diagrams or drawings if they help us imagine what you propose. Submissions should be emailed to before midnight on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, for consideration. Any supplemental physical materials (prototypes, printed diagrams, etc.) must be delivered to the main SMTD office by the same deadline.

Resources for entrants

Please contact us at with any questions.

Hack The Bells is made possible by the support of the U-M Bicentennial.

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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

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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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