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  1. U-M President Launches New Arts Initiative

    A comprehensive presidential arts initiative designed to “unleash imagination and creativity” at the University of Michigan was announced today by President Mark Schlissel. A working group of arts leaders on campus, including Dean Dave Gier, will collaborate with all parts of the university in creating the initiative. According to Schlissel, a two-year startup phase will…

  2. SMTD Alumna and Renowned Opera Star Jessye Norman dies at 74

    Jessye Norman, MM ’68 (voice), Sc.D.Hon ’87, died on September 30, 2019, in New York at the age of 74. Norman was one of the world’s most celebrated performing artists, acclaimed for her performances in a wide range of leading roles with the world’s premier opera companies, in solo recitals, and in concerts of her…

  3. Piano DMA student wins first prize at North Carolina piano competition

    School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s Ji-Hyang Gwak, a DMA student in Piano Performance, won the $10,000 First Prize at the High Point University Piano Competition in North Carolina, on Saturday, September 7. She performed a recital of Beethoven, Schubert, and Carl Vine as one of three finalists, chosen from a very strong field of…

  4. Summer is Grand

    Gil Scott Chapman (MM ‘16 Improvisation; BFA ‘13 Jazz Studies) has a fantastic summer gig. His day begins with a mile-long walk. Along the way he passes tourists – LOTS of tourists – walking, biking, and riding in horse-drawn carriages. He walks because there are no cars. Gil is one of a small number of…

  5. 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,…