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  1. Zoe Lei and Jackson Merrill headshots

    Organ Students Named to The Diapason’s Prestigious “20 under 30” Class

    Department of Organ students Zoe (Kai Wai) Lei (DMA ‘23, organ & sacred music) and Jackson Merrill (MM ‘22, organ performance) have been named part of The Diapason magazine’s “20 under 30” class for 2021. Each year, the magazine selects the top 20 “young talents in the fields of organ and harpsichord performance, organ and…

  2. 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…

  3. 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, BFA ’00 (musical theatre) was eager to take home a trophy. “With each nomination, I found that my…

  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. 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.