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  1. Alumni Spotlight – Tessa Romano

    Dr. Tessa Romano (MM ‘15 Vocal Performance) is a singer, educator, and collaborator currently living and working in Ōtepoti Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand. READ MORE

  2. 2021 SMTD Concerto Competition Winners Announced

    On January 29th and January 30th, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance announced the winners of the 2021 Concerto Competition.  Graduate Division Winners Valentin Kovalev (MM ’22, saxophone), accompanied by Liz Ames, performed the Alto Saxophone Concerto in E-flat Major, op. 109 by Alexander Glazounov. Kovalev is a student of Professor  Timothy McAllister. “I’m…

  3. Emeritus Professor Shirley named an inaugural inductee of the Opera Hall of Fame

    George Shirley, Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University emeritus professor of voice, was named one of the Opera Hall of Fame’s 10 inaugural inductees. The Opera Hall of Fame recognizes the achievements of outstanding living American artists, administrators, and advocates who have strengthened the art form and the field. It was established in 2020 on the…

  4. Monica and Eiki Isomura

    Alumni Spotlight – Eiki & Monica Isomura

    Monica (MM ’10 voice) and Eiki (DMA ’12 orchestral conducting, BMA ’04 music theory) Isomura met at SMTD.  They live in Houston where Eiki is the artistic director of Opera in the Heights and Monica has a successful private voice studio. Read more

  5. Stephen Lusmann

    Lusmann creates digital opera for Harold Haugh Award performance

    Voice professor Stephen Lusmann was awarded the SMTD 2020 Harold Haugh Award for Excellence in Studio Teaching. “I am enormously honored to be recognized by my colleagues for the 2020 Harold Haugh Award,” said Lusmann. Studio teaching, particularly with students that have a desire to go on to professional performing careers is my passion.” Founded…