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  1. 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…

  2. Hands-On Experience with the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments

    Deep in the heart of U-M’s North Campus Research Complex (NCRC), the students of Musicology 406/506, “Musical Instruments of the World,” are hard at work. After weeks of classroom lectures, they are excited to gain hands-on experience with SMTD’s Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments. The workroom is a flurry of activity as students pick pieces…

  3. Musicology professor’s new book explores the uses of illusion in 19th-century opera

      Grand Illusion: Phantasmagoria in Nineteenth-century Opera, the forthcoming book by Gabriela Cruz, associate professor in SMTD’s Department of Musicology, breaks new ground by examining the visual impact of 19th century opera. Cruz traces how technological innovation combined with influences from popular forms of entertainment to revolutionize the way opera – and, ultimately, society –…

  4. 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.

  5. Actress and alumna Christine Lahti will be SMTD’s commencement speaker

    Christine Lahti (BA ’72, theatre), a renowned actress of stage and screen, will be our featured speaker for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 3, 2019, in Hill Auditorium. The doors at Hill open at 3:15 pm and the ceremony will begin promptly at 4:00 pm. No tickets are necessary.  A livestream will…