Here are just a few of our

Here are just a few of our celebrated alumni:

  • JULIANA ATHAYDE (BM ’02, viloin) concertmaster, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
  • LILY BALDWIN (BFA ’00 dance) dancer, choreographer, filmmaker
  • JANAI BRUGGER (MM ’09, voice) soprano
  • DARREN CRISS (BFA ’09, theatre) actor
  • CARLOS GARCIA, aka L05 (BFA ’12, performing arts technology) performer, designer, engineer, producer
  • JASON GEARY (MA ’98, musicology) dean Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers)
  • CELIA KEENAN-BOLGER (BFA ’00, musical theatre) actor, singer
  • SAMEER PATEL  (BM ’04, music theory; MM ’07, conducting) associate conductor San Diego Symphony
  • DANIEL BENARD ROUMAIN (MM ’95, DMA ’00, composition) composer, violinist
  • JASON STEIN (MM ’04, jazz and contemporary improvisation) jazz musician
  • KELLY ZIMBA (BM ’13, flute, music education) principal flute Toronto Symphony Orchestra

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“I gained a broad array of skills at SMTD, which were invaluable to me as I established my career. But what I love most about Michigan is the warmth, compassion, and individual support of faculty—they are committed to helping every student achieve their full potential through personal guidance and mentorship. My SMTD teachers have continued to help guide my journey, and I fully credit them with helping me get to where I am today!”

CARLA CANALES (BA '02, voice) Founder, CEO, Artistic Director of The Canales Project; Sphinx Medal of Excellence winner; U.S. Cultural Envoy