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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

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2018 SMTD Concerto Competition Winners Announced

The winners performed violin, percussion, and piano works and will be scheduled to perform with an SMTD orchestra. more

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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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

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

 

events

image for Guest Master Class: Tanya Carey, celloGuest Master Class: Tanya Carey, cello

Saturday, January 20 - 10:30am
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

image for Contemporary Directions EnsembleContemporary Directions Ensemble

Saturday, January 20 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Hankinson Rehearsal Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventSenior Recital: Hanna Rumora, cello

Saturday, January 20 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for Strings ShowcaseStrings Showcase

Jan. 23, Feb. 20, Mar. 6, Apr. 3
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventMasters Recital: Kelsee Vandervall, cello

Friday, January 26 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre
Free - no tickets required
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image for University Philharmonia OrchestraUniversity Philharmonia Orchestra

Wednesday, January 31 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium,
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventSymphony Band

Friday, February 2 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium,
Free - no tickets required
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image for Viola Studio RecitalViola Studio Recital

Friday, February 2 - 8:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventConcert Band

Wednesday, February 7 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium,
Free - no tickets required
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image for SMTD Faculty ShowcaseSMTD Faculty Showcase

Thursday, February 8 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventFaculty Recital: Stephen Shipps, violin and Martin Katz, piano

Friday, February 9 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventContemporary Directions Ensemble

Monday, February 12 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Hankinson Rehearsal Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for Guest Recital: Scott St. John, violinGuest Recital: Scott St. John, violin

Friday, February 16 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventString Preparatory Academy Recital

Feb. 17, Mar. 10, Apr. 7
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventThe Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

Saturday, February 17 - 7:30pm
Hill Auditorium,
Reserved seating $14-$80
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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

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Glen Behring

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