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  1. American Bandmasters Association names Prof. Erik Santos the winner of the 2020 Sousa-ABA-Ostwald Award

    Erik Santos, professor of composition and performing arts technology, was named the winner of the 2020 American Bandmasters Association Sousa-ABA-Ostwald Award for his composition The Seer. Commissioned and conducted by Professor Michael Haithcock for the Symphony Band and tenor soloist Professor Scott Piper, the work received its world premiere at Hill Auditorium on March 15,…

  2. U-M Arts Initiative Seeks Project Proposals, Stakeholder Input *Updated Deadline 3/23*

    A new presidential Arts Initiative at the University of Michigan is seeking proposals from faculty, students and staff for pilot projects that will be funded as part of the launch of a two-year startup phase. Announced by President Mark Schlissel in October 2019, the Arts Initiative was established by a working group of leaders from…

  3. Learning Beyond the Classroom: Community Engagement with SMTD’s PEERs Program

    The University of Michigan has long included public engagement in its educational mission, aiming to reinvest its resources in the communities it serves. Such engagement also contributes to the University’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategic plan by increasing awareness and access among underserved populations in the state of Michigan. At the same time, U-M students’ participation…

  4. The Washington Chorus announces Prof. Eugene Rogers as fifth artistic director

    One of the most acclaimed next-generation conductors and musical thought leaders working today, Dr. Eugene Rogers – Director of Choirs at the University of Michigan and Founding Director of Exigence Vocal Ensemble –succeeds Christopher Bell starting summer of 2020 as artistic director of The Washington Chorus – DC’s only two time Grammy Award-winning choral ensemble….

  5. Actress and activist Christine Lahti (BA ’72, theatre) delivers the 2019 SMTD commencement address

    View a video of her speech here. Content warning: this speech contains adult language.