The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance educates the artists, scholars, educators and entrepreneurs of the future. Students are prepared with expert skills, instilled with passionate enthusiasm, and emboldened to challenge and inspire the world through the power of the performing arts.
After spending their summers working for top performing arts organizations, four undergraduates help promote their host organization's performances in Ann Arbor.
SMTD has partnered with the Gershwin family to bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin to students, scholars, performers and audiences across campus and worldwide.
Here is what some of our harp alumni have achieved since completing their programs at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance:
Matthew Agen (BM ’03) received his Master of Music degree with honors, studying with Nancy Allen, from The Juilliard School in April 2005. Mr. Agen is currently completing the Professional Studies program through the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Ontario, studying with Judy Loman. Mr. Agen was a finalist in the Astral Artistic Services competition in January of 2006.
Margot (Box) Hayward (BM ’03) received her Master of Music degree studying with Yolanda Kondonassis, from The Cleveland Institute of Music in April 2005. Ms. Hayward was the solo harpist for the International Festival at Round Top (Texas), summer 2005.
Rachel Brandwein (BM, '05) performed for the World Harp Congress, Focus on Youth performance (competitive audition) in Dublin, Ireland, July 2005. She was an invited participant to the Lily Laskine International Harp Competition in Deauville, France, August 2005. Rachel Brandwein is currently a student of Germaine Lorenzini in Lyon, France.
Nicole Brubaker Brady (MM ‘00 is a doctoral candidate in Harp Performance at The Juilliard School. Ms. Brady has a faculty appointment beginning in September 2006 at Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Julie Lang Bunzel (BM '89) presented a conference paper and performance for the WHC, Dublin, Ireland (July 2005) on transcribing the music of Francis Poulenc.
Jeremy Chesman (BM ’00, MM ‘01) is a member of the faculty of Southern Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, and on the editorial board of the Harp Column magazine.
Robyn Goldberg (BM, '04) is currently enrolled at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris as a student of Isabelle Perrin.
Chilali Hugo (MM’02) received highest class honors, and the Artist Diploma in Music from the Royal Academy of Music, London, England, June 2005. Ms. Hugo studied with Skaila Kanga.
Bridget Kibbey is one of 3 recipients of an Avery Fisher Career Grant for 2005. She appears regularly as second harpist in The New York Philharmonic, New York City; is an Orchestral teaching fellow at The Juilliard School, a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE); on the roster of Astral Artistic Services, (concert management), Philadelphia, and was a finalist in the Concert Artist Guild 2006 competition.
Amy Ley (BM ’97, MM ‘00) is on the faculty of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, is Principal Harpist for the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the Flint Symphony Orchestra and the Windsor, Ontario, Symphony Orchestra and teaches at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan.
Alison Perkins (BM, ‘01) is Managing Editor of the Harp Column magazine, Philadelphia, PA and Principal Harpist for the Haddonfield (NJ) Symphony and the Allentown (PA) Symphony orchestras.
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