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  1. Dept. of Dance Welcomes Crystal Frazier for a Guest Artist Residency

    The Department of Dance will welcome choreographer and dance educator Crystal Frazier to SMTD for a guest artist residency Monday, January 27 through Saturday, February 1. Frazier will participate in various Dance events, including master classes, and will be the professional guest artist for the First Year Touring Company (FYTC) this season. The FYTC is…

  2. Jackson, MI Band Director One of 400+ SMTD Alums Teaching ‘More Than Music’ in Classrooms Across the State

    When Bryan Mangiavellano decided to pursue a career in conducting and music education, he imagined leading a large collegiate marching band one day. Accepting his first job as director of bands at Northwest High School in Jackson 16 years ago was supposed to be the first in a series of steps that would get him…

  3. SMTD Piano Students Win Several Recent Awards

    The Piano Department was well represented at the state level of the Music Teachers’ National Association Young Artist Performance Competition, held on November 22. The first-place winner was MM student Hyerim Lee, a student of Christopher Harding, with the alternate position won by sophomore Robert Yan, a student of Logan Skelton. Honorable mentions were awarded to DMA…

  4. Leo Sarkisian’s Music Time in Africa

    In September 2014, two University of Michigan professors received a phone call that would set them on a race to save more than a half-century of African music. Heather Maxwell, a U-M alumna and current host of the Voice of America’s “Music Time in Africa” program, had phoned to tell them that the tapes, scripts…

  5. Two SMTD Alumni are among Musical America’s “30 Professionals of the Year”

    Two alumni of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance – Leslie DeShazor (BM ’01, viola) and Caen Thomason-Redus – have been named to Musical America’s 2019 “30 Professionals of the Year: Movers & Shakers of the Performing Arts.” According to Musical America, the list comprises “wonderfully diverse individuals who keep the…