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  1. Lydia Mendelssohn view from stage

    OPERA INSIGHTS: Non-Music Majors Gain a New Appreciation for Its Rich History, Musical Complexity, and Social Influence

    by Claudia Capos When SMTD Professor of Musicology Louise K. Stein launched her opera appreciation course, she hoped it would attract students from other academic disciplines who had little or no exposure to the genre. “I invented ‘OPERA!,’ because I realized opera was hardly being taught at all in the courses we offer to non-SMTD…

  2. Three SMTD Graduate Students Awarded Anti-Racism Grants

    The Anti-Racism Collaborative, administered by the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), awarded three summer research grants to SMTD graduate students Marjoris Regus (PhD, Music Education), Imani Ma’At AnkhmenRa Amen Taylor (MFA ’21, dance), and Samantha Williams (SM ’22, voice). The Rackham Graduate School is co-sponsoring 21 awards across U-M totaling $99,825 in support for…

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    New Partnership Between U-M, Hampsong Foundation Strengthens Performance, Research, and Education

    The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance and Grammy Award-winning baritone Thomas Hampson’s Hampsong Foundation have formed a new partnership to strengthen the work of both organizations in song research, vocal performance, and education at all levels. The collaboration, called the Classic Song Research Initiative, was made possible through funding from an…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…