The Alumni Board gives out four different awards to alumni, faculty, and friends of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance annually. Alumni and faculty are invited to submit nominations during the summer, and awarding decisions are made in the fall. Winners are invited to campus to be recognized and engage with current students and community members at a special event planned with the corresponding department.
The Hall of Fame Award (formerly Citation of Merit) was established to recognize and honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society, their profession, the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, one of its departments or programs, or to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Alumni Society. This award has been presented annually since 1977. Alumni, faculty, and friends of SMTD may make nominations.
The Emerging Artist Awards recognize SMTD graduates from within the past 15 years who have made a significant contribution to their artistic field. Winners from each of three categories (music, theatre, and dance) are awarded annually. Alumni, faculty, and friends of SMTD may make nominations.
The Paul Boylan Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments and significant contributions in the field of music, theatre or dance by alumni within the past 10 years of graduation. The Alumni Society Board of Governors established the Paul Boylan Award in 1999 to honor Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Music Theory, Paul C. Boylan. Only SMTD faculty may make nominations.
The Christopher Kendall Award recognizes one alumnus/a or an ensemble of alumni of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance from any graduation year who has demonstrated collaboration and/or entrepreneurship and/or significant community engagement and/or interdisciplinary studies and/or patronage to the arts in their professional work. The Alumni Society Board of Governors established the Christopher Kendall Award in 2015 to honor the tenure of Emeritus Dean Christopher Kendall. Alumni, faculty, and friends of SMTD may make nominations.