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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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Photo by Kirk Donaldson; Professors Ellen Rowe, Catherine Adams, Cynthia Kortman-Westphal (front), Kathleen Kelly, Courtney Snyder, Julie Skadsem (front), and Andrea Brown
Leveling the Conducting Field

SMTD's female conducting faculty address the issue of gender inequality at the podium.     more

Nicholas Phan (Photo by Balance Photography)
SMTD Alumni Receive 2018 Grammy Nominations

Alumni Ian Eisendrath, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Nicholas Phan and the members of the PRISM Quartet, which includes Prof. Timothy McAllister, are all nominees.  more

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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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image for University Philharmonia OrchestraUniversity Philharmonia Orchestra

Wednesday, February 21 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium,
Free - no tickets required
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image for Symphony BandSymphony Band

Friday, March 9 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium,
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventMichigan Youth Symphonic Band & Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra

Monday, March 12 - 7:00pm
Hill Auditorium,
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventConcert Band

Friday, March 16 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium,
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventUniversity Symphony Orchestra and University Philharmonia Orchestra

Wednesday, March 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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Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower

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