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  1. Professor Emeritus Leslie Bassett Has Died

    Leslie Bassett, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who taught at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance for 40 years, died on Thursday, February 4 in Oakwood, GA. He was 93. Bassett, who received his MM and DMA at Michigan (the University’s first DMA, in 1956), was the Albert A. Stanley Distinguished University…

  2. SMTD Announces NEA Chairman Jane Chu as Commencement Speaker

    The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) has announced that their commencement speaker for the school’s 2016 graduation ceremony will be Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This marks the first time in the school’s 136-year history that an NEA chairman has addressed the graduating class….

  3. John Luther Adams visits SMTD as speaker and mentor

    Acclaimed by The New Yorker as, “one of the most original musical thinkers of the century,” composer John Luther Adams will be in residence at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) October 12-16, 2015. The residency will include an evening of performance and conversation at the University of Michigan Museum…

  4. SMTD’s Kaprálova Festival celebrates work of little known female Czech composer

    Vítězslava Kaprálova (1915-1940) was a Czech-born composer and conductor with abundant talent whose life reads like a sweeping novel. One of the 20th century’s most accomplished female composers, her prodigious repertoire, produced before her untimely death at age 25, has largely been overlooked due to an unfortunate mix of scandal, chauvinism, and political upset. However,…

  5. From the Shelf to St. Petersburg

    Arthur Gottschalk’s unexpected journey to becoming an award-winning composer has now brought him to Russia for a major recording project. Arthur Gottschalk’s latest composition, Requiem: For the Living, written for orchestra, choir, and vocal soloists, almost never saw the light of day. Written in 2001, after the events of September 11, Requiem was crafted from…