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  1. Leo Sarkisian’s Music Time in Africa

    In September 2014, two University of Michigan professors received a phone call that would set them on a race to save more than a half-century of African music. Heather Maxwell, a U-M alumna and current host of the Voice of America’s “Music Time in Africa” program, had phoned to tell them that the tapes, scripts…

  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. Prof. Marie McCarthy Receives Major Honor from ISME

    Marie McCarthy, professor of music education and director of research at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, has been awarded honorary lifetime membership in the International Society of Music Education (ISME), the premier international organization for music education, which is affiliated with the International Music Council and UNESCO. Reserved for a small representation of…

  4. Prof. Patricia Hall and students bring rare music manuscript from Auschwitz archive to life

    A new recording by U-M students will bring to life, for the first time since WWII, music that was arranged and performed by Auschwitz prisoners. Last summer, University of Michigan music theory professor Patricia Hall traveled to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum to conduct research on the music manuscripts in their collection. She became interested in…

  5. Alumnus David Gier named dean of SMTD

    David A. Gier, professor and director of the University of Iowa School of Music, has been appointed dean of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. His appointment, approved Thursday by the Board of Regents, is effective Oct. 1 and runs through Sept. 30, 2023. Gier, who also was named the Paul…