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  1. Photo of newspaper discussing Star Spangled Banner

    “Oh Say, Do You Hear?”— Have You Heard of the Abolitionist Star Spangled Banner?

    University of Michigan musicologist Mark Clague is one of the nation’s foremost experts on “The Star-Spangled Banner,” among many other facets of American music. As Independence Day approaches, Clague, an associate professor at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, participated in a conversation this week about the history of “The Star-Spangled Banner” alongside Naomi André, U-M LSA professor and musicologist, and…

  2. Singers perform in a group

    ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’: U-M Professor Discusses Significance of ‘Black National Anthem’

    Louise Toppin is a University of Michigan scholar and performer who has received critical acclaim for her operatic, orchestral and oratorio performances in the United States and around the world.

  3. 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…

  4. Collage of photos of trombone alumni and Damon Gupton.

    U-M Trombone Studio Alumni – “The Victors”

  5. Daugherty named 2020 Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award recipient

    Kelli Daugherty, a rising senior in flute performance and music theory, was named the 2020 Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award recipient by the Theodore Presser Foundation. Through the generosity of the Presser Foundation, this award is given annually to an SMTD student for their musical and academic merit. Daugherty, who studies flute under Professor Amy Porter,…