School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan
The Contemporary Directions Ensemble is a vibrant and diverse group dedicated to performing standard and cutting-edge repertoire from the 20th and 21st Centuries.


SMTD offers a unique educational experience that combines deep discipline-focused excellence with the breadth of offerings and resources afforded by a large, public research university. Our students hone their skills in the classroom, on the stage, and in the studio through personalized teaching and training, while pushing the bounds of the performing arts.

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    Complete 2023-24 Performance Season information coming soon! Information about tickets & season packages now available.

  • Research & Collections

    SMTD’s interdisciplinary academic programs, research initiatives, and unparalleled collections put us at the forefront of performing arts scholarship.

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  • Engagement Programs

    Our K-12, summer, and lifelong learning programs bring high-quality performing arts programming to our community.

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