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  1. Senior Oliver Bishop with the shawm, one of the traditional instruments featured in Bernarda Alba.

    An SMTD Collaboration Lends a Special Quality to the Musical Bernarda Alba

    At performances of Bernarda Alba, a musical set in 1930s Spain, audiences will hear instruments they may never have heard before, weaving together to create an atmosphere distinct to the musical’s time and place. Presented by University Productions and the Department of Musical Theatre, Bernarda Alba features traditional flamenco music reflecting the show’s themes of…

  2. The Evolution of SMTD: An Insider’s Account of the Transition from a Classic Music School to a Comprehensive School of Performing Arts

    Professor Emeritus of Music and Dean Emeritus Paul Boylan served as dean of the School of Music (later renamed the School of Music, Theatre & Dance) from 1979 to 2000. He also served as university vice provost for the arts during that time. Boylan joined the faculty in 1965 and was active as a teacher…

  3. School of Music, Theatre & Dance Faculty Promotions

    On May 19, 2022, the University of Michigan Board of Regents approved recommendations for promotions for regular associate and full professor ranks, including several SMTD faculty.  Congratulations to the following: *Matthew T. Albert, associate professor of music, with tenure *Matthew Bengtson, associate professor of music, with tenure *José Casas, associate professor of theatre and drama,…

  4. Lynne Shankel awarded Richard Rodgers Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters

  5. Student Perspective: Ella Olesen on Fiddler on the Roof

    A select group of musical theatre students have the opportunity to work with a professional creative team and Broadway performers in the UMS concert production of Fiddler on the Roof. In addition to countless hours spent in rehearsals, these students learned about Fiddler’s cultural and historical context with the help of several guests – U-M…