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  1. SMTD Alumna and Renowned Opera Star Jessye Norman dies at 74

    Jessye Norman, MM ’68 (voice), Sc.D.Hon ’87, died on September 30, 2019, in New York at the age of 74. Norman was one of the world’s most celebrated performing artists, acclaimed for her performances in a wide range of leading roles with the world’s premier opera companies, in solo recitals, and in concerts of her…

  2. Scholar Story: Tiffany Ng

    What is the role of the arts in creating social change? According to Tiffany Ng, an assistant professor of carillon and university carillonist at the University of Michigan, artists have all different roles. She has found that the most productive and satisfying role is that of the social impact artist – someone whose artistic practice…

  3. Willis Patterson: Artist and Advocate

      The 2018-2019 academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the racial integration of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) faculty with the hiring of black bass singer Willis C. Patterson to the Department of Voice in fall 1968. For the School’s administration, this was perhaps a safe choice for…

  4. SMTD violist wins third prize in the 2019 Sphinx Competition

      Caleb Georges (MM ’19, viola, MM ’19, chamber music), a student in Professor Caroline Coade’s viola studio, placed third in the prestigious Sphinx Competition in February 2019. The competition is open to young black and Latinx string players and is judged by an internationally renowned panel of experts. Georges, the only violist in the…

  5. SMTD presents symposium and performance event focused on sexual misconduct in the performing arts

    The U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) will present an event titled “Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Awareness and Prevention in the Performing Arts” on Tuesday, February 26 at 6 p.m. The free event is open to the entire U-M community and the public; registration is recommended through Eventbrite. It takes place in Hankinson Rehearsal…