african american music conference celebrating the 90th birthday of Willis Patterson
This year's conference brings together scholars, composers, and performers from across the U.S. in celebrating of the work of Dean Emeritus Willis Patterson. View the entire conference line-up
Celia Keenan-Bolger after her Tony win in 2019. photo credit Caitlin Mcnaney/
Every award season SMTD graduates are on the lists of those nominated and those who win.  SMTD alumni reflect on their top honors.
Virtual Visionaries word art with Excel logo
Virtual Visionaries - Join us for an exciting 10-week series of open conversations with a diverse group of leaders about topics ranging from personal finance issues, to developing identity-driven work, along with a variety of entrepreneurial approaches relevant to young arts professionals. Learn 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

Charli Brissey, wearing dark clothes, arms extended, dancing in a large white space,

Charli Brissey - Asst. Professor of Dance

Invested in movement practices to illuminate the role of the nonhuman in formation-practices of self and material environment, Charli talks about art, teaching, and learning in our new reality.. Read more

Johanna Kepler wearing University of Michigan Latin XPressions shirt.

Johanna Kepler, BFA Dance '20

As a choreographer, dancer, and activist, Johanna came to Michigan to meld her talents as an artist with her passion for social justice. And now, she’s doing this by developing projects like her new interview series, The Power of the Performing Arts. Read more

Michael Kropf standing at the edge of a large body of water.

Michael Kropf, DMA student in composition

When Michael arrived at Michigan, he was struck by the ways faculty support each student’s musical journey. This hasn’t changed during the pandemic. With help from Prof. Matt Albert, Michael just held a virtual premiere of his new composition “Distant Sea” with 14 performers playing each part from home. 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.