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. Prof. Yizhak Schotten to be awarded prestigious American Viola Society Award

    In June 2020, Professor Yizhak Schotten (viola) will be awarded the American Viola Society (AVS) Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Contributions to Viola Performance and/or Teaching.  Since 1997, this extremely prestigious award has only been bestowed to 13 viola professionals. The award committee cited Schotten’s strong legacy of teaching excellence, his important recordings (notably his Viola 1919: Hindemith, Clarke,…

  3. I Hear A Symphony: For U-M violin student, hearing loss is not a disability

    Violin teacher Danielle Belen uses a lot of gestures and hand signals but not many words. Her student, Abigel Szilagyi, relies on vibrations, muscle memory, and instincts.

  4. 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.

  5. Actress and alumna Christine Lahti will be SMTD’s commencement speaker

    Christine Lahti (BA ’72, theatre), a renowned actress of stage and screen, will be our featured speaker for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 3, 2019, in Hill Auditorium. The doors at Hill open at 3:15 pm and the ceremony will begin promptly at 4:00 pm. No tickets are necessary.  A livestream will…