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  1. 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…

  2. Why Awards Matter

    SMTD Alumni Reflect on Their Top Honors The Long View They say it’s an honor just to be nominated, but after four Tony nods over a 14-year span—and a successful and varied career as a stage actress—Celia Keenan-Bolger, BM ’00 (musical theatre) was eager to take home a trophy. “With each nomination, I found that my…

  3. SMTD Alumni nominated for 2020 Grammy Awards

    Once again, alumni of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance have been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards. Derek Bermel (MM ’93, DMA ’97, composition and clarinet) received his second Grammy nomination, for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for his work Bermel: Migration Series for Jazz Ensemble & Orchestra. He had previously been…

  4. Performance and Recording of Rare, Unfinished Domenico Scarlatti Manuscript Debuts At U-M

    Culminating in a modern debut at the University of Michigan this fall, faculty, staff and students at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and U-M Library have spent the last several months rehearsing and creating a performance edition of Quando o bella Clori,” or Clori e Fileno—penned by Italian composer and keyboard virtuoso Domenico…

  5. Reflecting On Jimi Hendrix’s Star-Spangled Banner as Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary Approaches

    Mark Clague, associate professor of musicology at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, is one of the nation’s foremost experts on “The Star-Spangled Banner,” among many other facets of American music. Clague is the founding board chair of the Star Spangled Music Foundation and editor and producer of the “Star Spangled…