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  1. Back to the Future: Dave Gier returns to lead his alma mater

      Just four days before the University of Michigan’s Homecoming in October, David A. Gier (BM ’83, trombone performance) began his tenure as the eighth dean of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Needless to say, this put “homecoming” in a whole new light.

  2. M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition Terminated

    The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) has announced that its annual M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition will not return in 2019. The program, which awarded more than $200,000 in prizes annually, including a $100,000 grand prize, has been deemed financially unsustainable. To date, the competition was supported by the U-M Office…

  3. No. 1 ranking for U-M’s entrepreneurship program

    by Nicholas Gallo The University of Michigan captured the No. 1 spot on the undergraduate entrepreneurship programs rankings published by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. The university’s graduate-level program was also ranked in the top 10. “This No. 1 ranking reflects the collaborative, broad and diverse nature of entrepreneurship across the University of Michigan,”…

  4. Alumnus David Gier named dean of SMTD

    David A. Gier, professor and director of the University of Iowa School of Music, has been appointed dean of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. His appointment, approved Thursday by the Board of Regents, is effective Oct. 1 and runs through Sept. 30, 2023. Gier, who also was named the Paul…

  5. Performing Well

      SMTD’s new Wellness Initiative is addressing the unique physical and psychological challenges faced by performing arts students. With the exception of intercollegiate athletics, there is no program at the University of Michigan that is more physically taxing than the study of the performing arts. Instrumentalists, singers, dancers, and actors constantly use their bodies in service…