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Department of Voice

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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.

 

 

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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

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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

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Video Still of "Seven Words of the Unarmed" performance by U-M Men's Glee Club, Courtesy Chris McElroy, Michigan Media
U-M Glee Club's 'Love, Life & Loss' film wins 5 Michigan chapter EMMY® Awards

Love, Life & Loss, featuring the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club, won five EMMY's at The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Michigan Chapter) 39th EMMY® Award Ceremony. more

image for Eugene Rogers will succeed Jerry Blackstone as Director of Choral Activities in July 2018
Eugene Rogers will succeed Jerry Blackstone as Director of Choral Activities in July 2018

Rogers, a two-time alumnus of SMTD, will assume his new role following Blackstone's retirement next spring.  more

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Professor West's Italian sabbatical research project on Verdi culminates in lecture/recital

West's extensive research in Italy led to a lecture/recital in January: "Giuseppe Verdi: The Master's 'not-so-well-known' Greatest Hits for the Bass Voice".  more

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Dean Dworkin's statement on proposed elimination of NEA and NEH

In a letter to all SMTD constituents, Aaron Dworkin lays out the importance of the NEA and NEH to our nation and to the future success of our students.  more

 

events

SMTD logo for eventSenior Recital: Matthew Whitehead, tenor

Saturday, September 23 - 7:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for A Grand Night for SingingA Grand Night for Singing

Saturday, September 23 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Reserved seating $18/$12/$8/$5
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image for Scholarship ShowcaseScholarship Showcase

Sunday, September 24 - 4:00pm
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Free tickets required
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image for Department of Voice RecitalDepartment of Voice Recital

Oct. 2, Nov. 13, Dec. 11
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventSMTD@UMMA: Chamber Choir

Sunday, October 8 - 7:00pm
Museum of Art
Free - no tickets required
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image for Guest Master Class: Nico de Villiers, pianoGuest Master Class: Nico de Villiers, piano

Monday, October 9 - 4:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Room 2038
Free - no tickets required
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image for Guest Lecture/Recital: Nico de Villiers, pianoGuest Lecture/Recital: Nico de Villiers, piano

Monday, October 9 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventSymphony Band

Friday, October 20 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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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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