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    OPERA INSIGHTS: Non-Music Majors Gain a New Appreciation for Its Rich History, Musical Complexity, and Social Influence

    by Claudia Capos When SMTD Professor of Musicology Louise K. Stein launched her opera appreciation course, she hoped it would attract students from other academic disciplines who had little or no exposure to the genre. “I invented ‘OPERA!,’ because I realized opera was hardly being taught at all in the courses we offer to non-SMTD…

  2. Brandon Rumsey hangs a banner on a classroom wall

    Beyond Bach: SMTD Students Create ‘Peace offerings’ That Redefine the Meaning and Role of Music Theory In a Rapidly Changing World

    Growing up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Pelagia Pamel, (BM ’24, voice performance), forged close friendships with many people who had vastly different backgrounds, family histories, and world views. As a Greek Orthodox Christian, her open-mindedness toward building strong connections with individuals from diverse cultures and religions gave her a special appreciation for those who often…

  3. Yellow t-shirts with blue Michigan block m's and school of music, theatre, and dance written on them laying over chairs.

    Incoming Undergraduate Student Welcome Ceremony – August 26

    Every year SMTD welcomes the incoming undergraduate class with a special event that includes performances by current students, and addresses from Dean Gier and a few faculty and staff. Due to the size of the performance hall, only admitted students are able to attend. This year we wanted to share this exciting annual event with…

  4. Campus Symphony Orchestra allowed alumna to pursue passions in music and law

    SMTD is pleased to share this profile written by Mara Sabin, a rising junior at the University of Michigan studying business, Spanish, and food studies. Mara was a participant in the 2021 Development Summer Internship Program (DSIP), working in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. She has played the violin since she was young,…

  5. SMTD Announces Live and In-Person Season of Ticketed Performances

    The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance today announced its intention to return to produce live performances with the 2021-22 production season. Featuring ten fully-staged productions and one studio production, the season will run from September 30 through April 17. Information regarding performances by the major ensembles—including the annual Grand Night for…