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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. SMTD Alumni nominated for 2020 Grammy Awards

    Once again, alumni of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance have been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards. Derek Bermel (MM ’93, DMA ’97, composition and clarinet) received his second Grammy nomination, for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for his work Bermel: Migration Series for Jazz Ensemble & Orchestra. He had previously been…

  4. Dance Alumna Soultana Schiavi makes her Rockette Debut this November

    When opening night of the 87th season of the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular arrives this November, the curtain will rise on one of the most diverse kicklines in Rockettes history—including an unprecedented 13 fresh faces, including recent Department of Dance alumna Soultana Schiavi (BFA ’18) who was one of the four new Rockettes to be featured in Dance Spirit Magazine.

  5. Performance and Recording of Rare, Unfinished Domenico Scarlatti Manuscript Debuts At U-M

    Culminating in a modern debut at the University of Michigan this fall, faculty, staff and students at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and U-M Library have spent the last several months rehearsing and creating a performance edition of Quando o bella Clori,” or Clori e Fileno—penned by Italian composer and keyboard virtuoso Domenico…