HAIL to the Class of 2022! Check out our SMTD Celebration of Graduates website for lists of graduates and more.
In the summer of 2019, Michael Haithcock, director of university bands and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Music, commissioned U-M alumnus Evan Hause to compose a new work to be premiered by the Symphony Band. Branching, A Tree Symphony, premiered at Hill Auditorium in November 2021. Read more
As the Department of Musical Theatre prepared to mount a production of Hair, Musical Theatre Chair Michael McElroy recognized that specific expertise would be necessary to help the cast, crew, and creative team feel empowered and supported as they dealt with some of the challenging material. Read more
Become the Artist You’re Meant to Be
Choosing where you will study performing arts has never been more important. Learning to master your craft with internationally renowned artists and scholars who are not only at the top of their field, but are also great teachers, is a top priority
Spotlight On Faculty
Professor Christi-Anne Castro teaches a wide variety of musicology classes from an ethnomusicology perspective. She talks about her research, performances, and favorite baseball team. Read more
Forge Your Career
SMTD is revolutionizing the way performing arts students prepare for their careers. We boast one of the nation’s most robust career planning and entrepreneurship programs for the performing arts—EXCEL (Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Career Empowerment & Leadership)—which includes generous funding for student ventures. We also offer a rich variety of Community Engagement programs across multiple disciplines, providing students with hands-on work experience. SMTD is empowering students to embrace a brave new world of career possibilities, and to live a fulfilling and creative life, made possible by an exceptional education.