About SMTD


Welcome to the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance!

It is an honor, a joy, and a privilege to serve as dean of this great school. SMTD is an exceptional place to launch your artistic and academic journey. Here you will receive one-on-one training with educators who are also working artists and researchers at the top of their fields. At the same time, you will enjoy boundless opportunities to explore a vast range of academics, from across the University, allowing you to craft a program of study that is tailored specifically to your interests and career goals.

In this transformational setting, SMTD provides a unique combination of focused conservatory training along with multi-disciplinary and entrepreneurial curricula designed to truly empower the next generation of artists and scholars. Our overarching goal is to equip each student with the crucial skills necessary to build an artistically and financially rewarding life, embedded in their field of study. The success of our program can be seen in the success of our alumni, which includes major award winners in every discipline we offer.

Our unique position as a top ranked performing arts program at the University of Michigan– the country’s number one public research university– offers students an unparalleled breadth of opportunities through self-empowerment, thoughtful mentorship from a world-class and extraordinarily dedicated resident faculty, and immersive experiences amongst a diverse and engaged university community.

Please explore this website to learn about our programs, faculty, facilities, performance opportunities, and everything else we offer. And do check back with us often, as SMTD is a cultural hub for many activities throughout the year as you’ll see from our performance calendar. You can also follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube, and LinkedIn.

Our team and I are always available to answer any questions you may have, and appreciate your interest and support of our school, our students, and our community.

David Gier
Dean and Paul Boylan Collegiate Professor of Music
School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Dean David Gier in a blue suit outdoors

SMTD Dean David Gier

Our Mission

It is the mission of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance to create an environment of educational and artistic excellence by nurturing creativity, academic integrity, and professionalism in its faculty and students. As a comprehensive performing arts school set in one of the world’s finest public institutions of higher education, the School is deeply engaged in the creation, practice, scholarship, and pedagogy of music, theatre, and dance.

  • We aim to provide leadership, nationally and internationally, in all three fields.
  • We assert and celebrate the value of the arts to the mission of the University of Michigan.
  • We serve the community, the region, and the State of Michigan through public performances, cultural resources, arts education, and outreach programs.

The School’s mission is predicated on the belief that the study and practice of the performing arts depend upon a diverse community of learning in which a spirit of social responsibility and principled entrepreneurship is fostered.

Senior Leadership

David Gier, Dean and Paul Boylan Collegiate Professor of Music

Christi-Anne Castro, Associate Dean for Faculty Development

Jason Corey, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

Kate Fitzpatrick, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Mica Harrison Loosemore, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Enrollment Management

Ericka Bigelow, Chief Advancement Officer

Eli Salembier, Director of Finance and Operations

DeeDee Ulintz, Director of Academic and Student Affairs