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  1. 2016 Concerto Competition Winners Announced

    The 2016 School of Music, Theatre & Dance Concerto Competition winners have been announced. The winners in the undergraduate category are: Aaron Kurz (BM ’17, piano) performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no. 3 in D Minor, op. 30. Kurz’s studio instructor is Logan Skelton and he holds an undergrad merit scholarship. Daniel Fendrick (BM ’17, bassoon), performing…

  2. SMTD’s Collage Concert XXXIX

    While the plummeting temperatures have announced winter’s arrival in Michigan, things are heating up at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) as students prepare for Collage, the school’s annual all-encompassing showcase concert. One of SMTD’s most popular presentations, the 2016 Collage Concert takes place on Saturday, January 16 at 8:00 p.m. at Hill…

  3. NY Philharmonic Residency Details Announced

    The University Musical Society of the University of Michigan (UMS) and the New York Philharmonic, in conjunction with the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD), announce full details for the New York Philharmonic’s first residency in Ann Arbor, taking place October 8-11, 2015.  The partnership launches the Philharmonic and UMS’s ambitious…

  4. The Win-Win Legacy of PPLP

    Celebrating 30 Years of The Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program On a sun-soaked Tuesday afternoon at the E.V. Moore Building, Kelley Benson, coordinator of SMTD’s Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program (PPLP), sits with a 13-year-old student at a piano and offers gentle advice. He is playing Sonatina in G major, op. 20, no. 1 by Jan Dussek…

  5. A Sound Investment In Musicianship

    Music study often starts at the keyboard. For centuries, the majestic and versatile piano and its forebears have served as the basic teaching tool for any school of music–and, more broadly, as the foundation of a viable performing arts education. “Keyboard skills are considered basic musicianship,” says Robert Grijalva, director and assistant professor of piano…