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2021 SMTD concerto competition winners - Sua Lee, piano, Valentin Kovalev, saxophone, Dana Rath, cello, and Alan Williams, voice

Announcing the 2021 SMTD Concerto Competition winners READ MORE

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Pensive Martin Luther King, Jr.

Celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through events and performances. READ MORE

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Hill Auditorium covered in snow - drawing by Meghann Powell

Please enjoy a multimedia celebration featuring some of the extraordinary SMTD student and faculty accomplishments this year. 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

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Trumpet faculty William Lucas

William Lucas, Assistant Professor of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation, is a dedicated teacher, composer, and performer. Read more

Spotlight On Alumni

Pianist Sonya Belaya wearing a dark dress and chunky necklace looking pensively into the distance, standing in a field with a blurred city in the background at dusk.

Sonya Belaya is a pianist, singer, composer, and improviser. Her work centers on music as social work, with a focus on the integration of womxn’s trauma as musical narrative, and storytelling as a symbol of powerful vulnerability. Read more

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Composer Griffin Candey

Composition DMA candidate Griffin Candey talks about his time at SMTD and what he's looking forward to in 2021. 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.