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  1. Musicology professor’s new book explores the uses of illusion in 19th-century opera

      Grand Illusion: Phantasmagoria in Nineteenth-century Opera, the forthcoming book by Gabriela Cruz, associate professor in SMTD’s Department of Musicology, breaks new ground by examining the visual impact of 19th century opera. Cruz traces how technological innovation combined with influences from popular forms of entertainment to revolutionize the way opera – and, ultimately, society –…

  2. U-M Regents approve designs for new Dance Building

    Plans for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s new Dance Building continue to move forward after the U-M Board of Regents approved schematic designs for the building at their May 16 meeting. The $19 million, 24,000-square-foot space will be the first dedicated facility for the Department of Dance in its storied 110-year history. In…

  3. SMTD video receives nomination for Michigan Emmy Award

    “Giving Voice to a Foxtrot from Auschwitz-Birkenau,” SMTD’s video highlighting Patricia Hall‘s research, has been nominated for a 2019 Michigan Emmy Award. Nominated in the “Arts/Entertainment” category are Chris Boyes, SMTD’s videographer and broadcast media specialist, and former director of communications Marilou Carlin. While other U-M entities have received Michigan Emmy nominations and awards in…

  4. Percussion alum is last-minute substitute at LA’s Hear Now Festival

    Jeff Grant (MM ’12, percussion) saved the day for French new music ensemble TM+ on Friday, May 3, stepping in at the last minute to perform William Kraft’s Concerto for Percussion and Chamber Ensemble. TM+ was scheduled to take part in Los Angeles’ Hear Now Music Festival for new music by LA composers, but their…

  5. SMTD voice student’s short film invited to Cannes Film Festival

      A debut film by SMTD voice student Hayley Tibbenham was invited to be part of the upcoming 2019 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. Last spring in a creative writing course at the U-M, Tibbenham began writing a scene that would become the beginnings of a short film. After creating one scene for class,…