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Leonard Slatkin and Detroit Symphony Read UM Student Compositions


On March 27 and 28, 2009, Maestro Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra devoted two full rehearsals to reading and recording student compositions from the UM Composition Department. Seven students were chosen for the event: Paul Dooley, Ching-Mei Lin, Daniel Davis, Recep Gul, David Biedenbender, Theresa Martin, and Lembit Beecher.

Each student’s work was read and rehearsed, and Maestro Slatkin took time to give suggestions, and workshop sections of the compositions. The events, which took place at Orchestra Hall in Detroit, were attended by the entire composition department. This was a tremendous opportunity for our students, and constituted a significant gift of resources from the DSO.

Many thanks to Maestro Slatkin and the orchestra musicians and staff for their generosity, expertise, and enthusiasm during the readings.

past news

March 2017

Alumnus Michael-Thomas Foumai, MM '11, DMA '14, was named one of the 2017 Morton Gould Young Composer Award recipients by ASCAP.   03/30/2017

Dean Dworkin's statement on proposed elimination of NEA and NEH 03/16/2017

June 2016
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October 2013

Professor Bright Sheng is profiled in the Detroit News, in anticipation of the debut of his violin concerto, "Let Fly," to be performed by Gil Shaham with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Oct 4-6, 2013, conducted by Leonard Slatkin.    10/02/2013

September 2013

DMA composition student Patrick Harlin has been named the first-ever winner of the Hermitage Prize, awarded by the Aspen Music Festival and the Hermitage Artist Retreat.    09/04/2013

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November 2009
May 2009
from left to right: Recep Gul, Erik Santos, Ching-mei Lin, Lembit Beecher, Evan Chambers, Leonard Slatkin, Dan Davis, David Biedenbender, Theresa Martin and Paul Dooley
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