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  1. The New Entrepreneurs

    When graduate student Ashley Stanley (flute and chamber arts) arrived at Michigan in the fall of 2014, she recognized immediately that she was receiving a world-class education. “My playing ability was improving exponentially and I was getting the chance to work with serious colleagues with unbelievable talent,” she recalled recently. But Stanley also felt that…

  2. $100K grand prize winner announced at U-M’s inaugural M-Prize chamber music competition

    After two days of semifinals and finals concerts at the University of Michigan, the Calidore String Quartet has won the $100,000 M-Prize, a new chamber music competition hosted by the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance. The announcement was made Thursday night at Hill Auditorium after the grand prize gala competition, which also featured…

  3. Matt Albert joins SMTD as first chair of Department of Chamber Music

    The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) has appointed renowned violinist and violist Matt Albert as the first chair of its new Department of Chamber Music. Albert, currently director of chamber music and of SYZYGY at the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, will begin his tenure at SMTD…

  4. M-Prize Semi-Finalists and Concert Schedule Announced

    M-Prize, the largest chamber music competition in the world in terms of both prize money and number of applications, will hold its inaugural semi-finals and finals concerts in Ann Arbor, Michigan from May 17-19, 2016. The competition is based at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD). The M-Prize Grand Prize…

  5. Briggs Chamber Competition Winners Announced

    The winners of SMTD’s 2016 Dale and Nancy Briggs Chamber Music Competition have been announced. Taking first place was a saxophone quartet comprising graduate students Russell Kerns and Connor Mikula, senior Jonathan Hostottle, and specialist Jeffrey Leung. They received a $4,000 cash award. The second place winner was a clarinet quintet comprising graduate students Joey…