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Faculty Support

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance faculty is exceptional and, as a group, represent a remarkable breadth of ability, achievement, and excellence in their fields. They are the primary reason students choose to attend Michigan.

  • Renowned and gifted, our faculty includes:
  • Noted performing artists, designers, and technicians of every style and discipline
  • Award-winning scholars in all areas of music, theatre, and dance
  • Grammy winners
  • Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellows
  • Conductors who have led major ensembles around the world
  • Broadway conductors and music directors
  • Concertmasters and orchestra and band members of celebrated ensembles
  • Authors of influential books and articles
  • Founders and leaders of renowned theatre and dance companies
  • Composers of landmark jazz and contemporary music

While these accomplishments and accolades are admired and appreciated, it is the faculty’s personal attention, passion, and commitment to their students which make them so cherished. With a student to faculty ratio of 6:1, SMTD offers students extraordinary access to excellence in their fields, fostering collaboration and relationships that last a lifetime.

Faculty support is essential in helping us recruit and retain these extraordinary talents, and to sustaining our extraordinary culture which fosters innovation, inclusion and excellence. Great professors attract great students, obtain more grants and awards, and conduct research that touches all aspects of society. The competition for great faculty is fierce.

There are a number of ways to support faculty, including funding a special project, donating to the Faculty Support Fund, or creating or contributing to an endowed professorship.

Endowed Professorships
Established with gift funds, an endowed professorship may be named for the donor or someone the donor wishes to honor. Endowing a professorship (often known as an endowed chair) has long been recognized as a hallmark of academic quality, and constitutes a time-honored way to recruit or retain artists and scholars with exceptional records of achievement. An endowed professorship is a position permanently paid for with the revenue from an endowment fund specifically set up for that purpose. In addition to aiding in the School’s faculty recruitment and retention efforts, an endowed professorship allows funds that would have been designated for salary to be directed in support of other needs.

By making a gift in support of our faculty, through any channel, you help to ensure the long-term stability and impact of our School.

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