Capital Support

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance is committed to providing the highest quality facilities for all concentrations, and to house all of the School’s departments in close proximity to facilitate innovation, inclusion, and creative collaboration.

Exceptional facilities are a hallmark of a great performing arts school. Inspirational performance venues, classrooms, and studios, as well as the most up-to-date technology, equipment and instruments, encourage and develop the artistic and academic growth of our students, and are essential components in a prospective student’s evaluation.

In recent years, tremendous progress has been made in making SMTD’s facilities as exceptional as its students and faculty. The Earl V. Moore Building–the heart of our music studies–reopened in 2015 following a three-year, $29.5 million renovation and expansion. The building now includes the William K. and Delores S. Brehm Pavilion, featuring a grand new atrium entrance that doubles as lobby space during performances; a rehearsal hall for large ensembles; a music technology center; a state-of-the-art lecture hall; new “smart” classrooms; and a suite of percussion practice rooms. In addition, the entire building received substantial renovations resulting increased practice rooms, a student commons, and significant acoustical, aesthetic and functional improvements.

A short walk away is the Charles R. Walgreen Jr. Drama Center which opened in 2007. The 100,000 square-foot building complex includes the Arthur Miller Theatre, the Towsley Musical Theatre Studio, Stamps Auditorium as well as offices and studios of the Departments of Theatre & Drama and Musical Theatre.

SMTD’s next goal is to build an inspiring and innovative facility for the Department of Dance and finally bring our dance students and faculty from their current central campus location to North Campus. Moving to a new space near their colleagues in music and theatre would facilitate much-desired interaction and artistic collaboration with their peers and provide the opportunity to develop dance facilities that include onsite offices, a dedicated performance space, physical therapy and body conditioning studios, and classrooms equipped with computers, monitors, and video cameras, which have become integral to both teaching and choreographing dance.

Essential tools and technology are equally crucial resources in which donors can make a huge difference. Pianos, of course, are a priority, not just for pianists but for music majors of all concentrations, as well as musical theatre and dance majors, who also count on a reliable, well-maintained piano inventory.

SMTD has an exemplary team of skilled piano technicians, but our pianos are subject to heavy use and need to be both maintained and replaced at regular intervals. There is a constant need for pianos, and donor support in this area is critical. (Include information about donating a piano in-kind?)

Technology, too, is a crucial part of the performing arts. From enhancing musical, theatrical, and dance productions to evolving into its own creative art form/discipline, technology infrastructure is a vital resource. SMTD must continue to acquire the most significant new technological resources for student use, and maintain state-of-the art advancements in our facilities.

Donations in support of our facilities–whether designated for new construction, the School’s technology infrastructure, or the piano fund–will ensure that our students have the resources they need to achieve excellence and relevance.

For information on how you can support the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, please call the Department of Development & External Relations at 734-647-2035, or contact one of our gift officers directly. You can also write to us at:

University of Michigan
School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Office of Development & External Relations
2005 Baits Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2075