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  1. A Lasting Connection

    There is something about the daily pursuit of artistic excellence that unifies those of us who have been lucky enough to attend the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. During my time at the institution (MM ’02, DMA ’07, bassoon), I solidified friendships and fostered artistic collaborations that have spanned well over…

  2. Quadruple Threat

    For as long as he can remember, Robert Hartwell has always needed more than one creative outlet. The SMTD alumnus said he gravitated toward musical theatre because it would allow him to hone several skills, rather than focusing solely on singing, dancing, or acting. After graduating with his musical theatre degree in 2009, Hartwell moved…

  3. The International Language of Dance

    In June, Michael Parmelee (MFA ’16) and Maeve McEwen (BFA ’16) experienced arguably the most exciting moment of their young dance careers when they took the stage at The Place, London’s premier center for contemporary dance. The students performed a duet from Brisk Singing by renowned British choreographer Richard Alston, part of a celebratory 20th–anniversary…

  4. Opera’s Next Superstar

    In December 2014, tenor Michael Fabiano appeared in his first starring role at New York’s Metropolitan Opera when he took the stage in La Bohème as Rodolfo, filling in on short notice for an ailing Ramón Vargas. According to The New York Times review the next day, “by the end of the second act, the…

  5. The First 100 Days

    Twenty years ago, Aaron Dworkin arrived at the University of Michigan as a junior transfer student from Penn State, intent on getting everything he could out of his final years of study. “I came to Michigan with a purpose,” he said. “Whatever I was going to do with my life, my skill sets were going…