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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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 –…