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Department of Conducting

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The Conducting Department offers exceptional training to talented musicians. Intensive study with a major artist-teacher and performance experience are the foundation for developing highly qualified, professional conductors. The graduate program in conducting at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance has consistently been ranked first in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

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Master class (2015) with Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic (Photo: Chris Lee)
UMS, SMTD and the New York Philharmonic Announce Details for 2017 MICHIGAN Residency

The New York Philharmonic residency will include performances, master classes, lectures, and workshops for SMTD students, including a side-by-side chamber concert. more

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Regents appoint Melody Racine as interim dean of SMTD

Melody Racine, senior associate dean for academic, faculty, and student affairs at SMTD will step in as interim dean of the school, effective Aug. 16. more

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Video Still of "Seven Words of the Unarmed" performance by U-M Men's Glee Club, Courtesy Chris McElroy, Michigan Media
U-M Glee Club's 'Love, Life & Loss' film wins 5 Michigan chapter EMMY® Awards

Love, Life & Loss, featuring the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club, won five EMMY's at The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Michigan Chapter) 39th EMMY® Award Ceremony. more

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U-M Concert Band to Perform at North Central Division Conference

The U-M Concert Band has been invited to perform at the North Central Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association.  more

image for Eugene Rogers will succeed Jerry Blackstone as Director of Choral Activities in July 2018
Eugene Rogers will succeed Jerry Blackstone as Director of Choral Activities in July 2018

Rogers, a two-time alumnus of SMTD, will assume his new role following Blackstone's retirement next spring.  more

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Alumni receive Tony nominations

Alumni Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Gavin Creel all received major Tony nominations, while alumnus James Earl Jones will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. more

 

events

image for Second Dissertation Recital: Thomas Gamboa, conductorSecond Dissertation Recital: Thomas Gamboa, conductor

Thursday, October 26 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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Friday, October 27 - 6:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for Halloween ConcertHalloween Concert

Sunday, October 29 - 4:30pm
Hill Auditorium
Reserved seating $12/$8
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SMTD logo for eventUniversity and Campus Bands

Sunday, November 5 - 3:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

SMTD logo for eventCampus Philharmonia Orchestra & Campus Symphony Orchestra

Monday, November 6 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventContemporary Directions Ensemble

Friday, November 10 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Hankinson Rehearsal Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventMichigan Youth Symphonic Band and Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra

Monday, November 13 - 7:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventUniversity Symphony Orchestra and University Philharmonia Orchestra

Wednesday, November 15 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventNew York Philharmonic SMTD Master Classes: Concertmaster Frank Huang

Saturday, November 18 - 4:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventSymphony Band

Tuesday, November 21 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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Jerry Blackstone conducts the University Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir in the Brahms Reqiuem.
Kenneth Kiesler conducts the University Symphony Orchestra and University ChoirGraduate student Arian KhaefiMichael Haithcock rehearses the Symphony Band at the Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts.Conducting classJulie Skadsem leads the Chamber Choir during Collage
"The conducting program at Michigan is so good because it has as its legacy a long tradition of great teachers; it has a great history to build on."
Michael Haithcock, Director, University Bands and Professor of Conducting

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