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  1. U-M’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance Launches the Michigan Orchestra Repertoire for Equity

    The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) has launched a ten-year project to commission ten new orchestral works with the intention of diversifying the orchestral repertoire. Established in 2020 by GRAMMY-nominated conductor Kenneth Kiesler, Director of University Orchestras and Professor of Conducting, the Michigan Orchestra Repertoire for Equity (MORE) will commission…

  2. A Closer Look at The Ties That Bind: Two One-Act Operas by African American Composers

    The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) was to stage two rarely performed one-act operatic gems written by Black American composers. While all performances of “Ties That Bind” have been canceled due to recent multiple breakthrough cases of COVID, the significance of the performance remains. Together, this pair of operas elevates…

  3. A Rare Opportunity: SMTD Musical Theatre Students Undertake Extensive Preparation for Roles in UMS’s Production of Fiddler on the Roof

    Musical theatre students in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) have countless opportunities to learn from world-class scholars and practitioners: in courses taught by faculty, in master classes conducted by industry professionals, in visits from alumni working on Broadway.

  4. SMTD Students, Faculty, Staff Win 2022 MLK Spirit Awards

    On January 17, 2022, a number of students, faculty, and staff at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) were honored with North Campus Deans’ MLK Spirit Awards. The awards recognize North Campus students, student organizations, staff, and faculty who exemplify the leadership and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through their commitment…

  5. Dr. Amber Benton named SMTD Chief Officer for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance is pleased to announce that Dr. Amber Benton has been named the school’s Chief Officer for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Dr. Benton joins SMTD from Michigan State University, where she most recently held the position of Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the…