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Department of Voice


The Voice Department is dedicated to the thorough training and preparation of highly talented singers for professional careers. Students receive outstanding vocal training and coaching by a distinguished resident faculty and are encouraged and mentored to develop their highest levels of artistry, creativity, and musicianship, while benefitting from a wide array of performance opportunities and academic programs in theory, history, languages, acting, dance, and pedagogy.


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All roles in regularly scheduled opera, choral, chamber music, and musical theatre performances are performed by students. The Jessye Norman Master Class Series sponsors master classes and visits by distinguished artists, which further enrich the curriculum.





John Bubbles (Sportin’ Life) and Anne Brown (Bess), 1935.
Confronting Porgy and Bess

UMS and SMTD present a test performance of the new critical edition of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and address its complex place in American history.   more

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

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A Voice for Change

Opera singer Carla Dirlikov Canales is a leader in harnessing the power of the arts to address social issues.     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

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


Voice Study at U-M: Meet our students
soloist at the annual Scholarship Showcase<em>Eugene Onegin</em>Chamber Choir, conducted by Professor Jerry Blackstone<em>La Boheme</em>soloist at the annual Collage concertChamber Choir and University Symphony Orchestra in Hill Auditorium<em>Marriage of Figaro</em>
"The U-M Voice program is designed to offer our students a nurturing environment for the development of their singing and acting skills, as well as numerous performance opportunities where they can also spread their wings with experience that builds careers in a healthy way."
Robert Swedberg, Associate Professor of Opera

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