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Department of Strings

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The mission of the Department of Strings is to assist, guide, and encourage students in achieving the highest artistic and intellectual standard of which they are capable. Through individual instruction with a major artist-teacher, ensemble coaching, and musicianship classes, the faculty strives to promote understanding while simultaneously encouraging original, creative thought. By offering a variety of educational options, the faculty seeks to prepare students for career possibilities in traditional and emerging fields.

faculty

Stephen Shipps (Chair, violin)

Richard Aaron (cello)

Danielle Belen (violin)

Aaron Berofsky (violin)

Maximillian Dimoff (double bass)

Aaron Dworkin

 

 

Associated Faculty

Caroline Coade (viola)

Ranaan Meyer (double bass)

Stephen Molina (double bass)

Anthony D. Elliott (cello)

David Halen (violin)

Joan Raeburn Holland (harp)

Andrew W. Jennings (violin)

Yizhak Schotten (viola)

Kathryn Votapek (violin & chamber music)

 

 

 

Yoonshin Song (violin)

Enid Sutherland (baroque cello)

news

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

21st Century Artist Intern Alice Schmitz, who spent summer 2017 interning for The Knights, a Brooklyn-based orchestra
21st Century Artist Interns: 2017-18

After spending their summers working for top performing arts organizations, four undergraduates help promote their host organization's performances in Ann Arbor.  more

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Professor of Voice Louise Toppin
SMTD welcomes new faculty

SMTD is delighted to welcome new faculty in the departments of performing arts technology, strings, musical theatre, and voice. more

image for Regents appoint Melody Racine as interim dean of SMTD
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

image for U-M Concert Band to Perform at North Central Division Conference
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 Yo Yo Ma and Lara Downes join Dean Aaron Dworkin in video addressing importance of the arts in America
Yo Yo Ma and Lara Downes join Dean Aaron Dworkin in video addressing importance of the arts in America

The video features the trio performing a short cello-spoken word-piano piece to celebrate and make a statement about the power and purpose of the arts in America. more

 

events

image for Faculty/Student Recital: Tribute to TaneyevFaculty/Student Recital: Tribute to Taneyev

November 27 & 28
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventGuest Master Class: Curtis Burris, double bass

December 1
Earl V. Moore Building, Carolyn and Milton Kevreson Rehearsal Hall
Free - no tickets required

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SMTD logo for eventSenior Recital: Cecelia Sha, cello

December 1
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventContemporary Directions Ensemble

December 1
Earl V. Moore Building, Hankinson Rehearsal Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventViolin Studio Recital

December 3
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventString Ensembles Final Term Recital

December 4 & 6
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for Strings ShowcaseStrings Showcase

Sep. 26, Oct. 24, Dec. 5
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventFaculty Recital: Matt Albert, violin

December 5
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventConcert Band

December 6
Hill Auditorium,
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventSMTD Harp Studio Recital

December 9
Earl V. Moore Building, Carolyn and Milton Kevreson Rehearsal Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventUniversity Philharmonia Orchestra

December 10
Hill Auditorium,
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventUniversity Symphony Orchestra

December 12
Hill Auditorium,
Free - no tickets required
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image for String Preparatory Academy RecitalString Preparatory Academy Recital

Nov. 11, Dec. 16
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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University Orchestras and University Choirs at Hill Auditorium
Theresa Prokes and Amalia Giles performing with the Grad QuartetCody Takacs performing at Scholarship ShowcaseMaren Lawrence and Miriam Johnson, students of Professor Joan Raeburn HollandJarita Ng performing at CollageUniversity Symphony Orchestra cello sectionViolinist Renaudo Robinson in a University Philharmonia Concert

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Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

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