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  1. U-M African American Music Conference Goes Virtual, Celebrates Willis Patterson’s 90th Birthday

    Scholars, composers, and performers from across the U.S. will come together for a virtual event that will celebrate the upcoming 90th birthday of legendary bass singer, U-M alumnus and professor emeritus Willis Patterson. The African American Music Conference, hosted by the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance, will take place virtually Sept….

  2. Graduate Voice Students take home first and third prizes at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference

    With more than 1,000 entries, graduate voice students Amber Merritt and Tyrese Byrd took home first and third prize in the Hall Johnson Spirituals Competition at the 56th National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) National Conference, streamed virtually on Sunday, June 28. Merritt, a second-year master’s student studying with Professor Louise Toppin, was announced…

  3. U-M Arts Initiative Seeks Project Proposals, Stakeholder Input *Updated Deadline 3/23*

    A new presidential Arts Initiative at the University of Michigan is seeking proposals from faculty, students and staff for pilot projects that will be funded as part of the launch of a two-year startup phase. Announced by President Mark Schlissel in October 2019, the Arts Initiative was established by a working group of leaders from…

  4. Why Awards Matter

    SMTD Alumni Reflect on Their Top Honors The Long View They say it’s an honor just to be nominated, but after four Tony nods over a 14-year span—and a successful and varied career as a stage actress—Celia Keenan-Bolger, BM ’00 (musical theatre) was eager to take home a trophy. “With each nomination, I found that my…

  5. Learning Beyond the Classroom: Community Engagement with SMTD’s PEERs Program

    The University of Michigan has long included public engagement in its educational mission, aiming to reinvest its resources in the communities it serves. Such engagement also contributes to the University’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategic plan by increasing awareness and access among underserved populations in the state of Michigan. At the same time, U-M students’ participation…