News & Features

  1. Making Music, Working on the Soul

    Whether in local schools, arts organizations, or abroad, young people around the world are being taught by dedicated and creative pedagogues who have studied music education at SMTD. Here, we highlight a small group of music educators who are making a difference in their field. Each received teaching certification when they obtained their undergraduate degrees….

  2. Operation Joy and Hope

    You never know where you’ll find inspiration. For Christina Maxwell (BFA ’16, musical theatre), it happened during a jog through Nichols Arboretum. It was the end of summer, just before the start of her junior year, and Maxwell was ruminating over the sense of something missing in her life. Coming from a family that values…

  3. Always Inspirational, Forever Valiant: A Bicentennial Appreciation for the Performing Arts at Michigan

    The University of Michigan Bicentennial marks 200 years of extraordinary research, education, and public service. According to U-M’s official history, the institution was founded as one “that stresses both the life of the mind and the life of practical achievement; that is both broadly accessible and devoted to educating the leaders of the future.” While…

  4. Glancing Back, Dancing Forward

    The University of Michigan Bicentennial celebration spans the full calendar year of 2017, and the Department of Dance will be one of the first on campus to usher in the festivities. The annual Power Center dance concerts, slated for February 2-5, will celebrate the long and distinguished presence of dance on campus and feature choreography…

  5. Musical Theatre alumni Benj Pasek and Justin Paul win Golden Globe for their lyrics for “La La Land”

    Congratulations to musical theatre alums Benj Pasek and Justin Paul on theirĀ Golden Globes win for “Best Original Song” for “City of Stars” fromĀ La La Land. They wrote the lyrics for “City of Stars,” with music by Justin Hurwitz. This is the pair’s first Golden Globe nomination and win.