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  1. Severtson named 2019–20 American Prize in Conducting Award recipient

    Kirk Severtson, professor of voice, was named the 2019–20 recipient of The American Prize in Conducting for the College/University Opera Division for the world premiere production of Mayo by Tom Cipullo. The production was also named the 2019–20 recipient of The American Prize in Opera Performance, college/university division. Founded in 2009, the American Prize recognizes…

  2. American Bandmasters Association names Prof. Erik Santos the winner of the 2020 Sousa-ABA-Ostwald Award

    Erik Santos, professor of composition and performing arts technology, was named the winner of the 2020 American Bandmasters Association Sousa-ABA-Ostwald Award for his composition The Seer. Commissioned and conducted by Professor Michael Haithcock for the Symphony Band and tenor soloist Professor Scott Piper, the work received its world premiere at Hill Auditorium on March 15,…

  3. 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….

  4. 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…

  5. 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…