The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance educates the artists, scholars, educators and entrepreneurs of the future. Students are prepared with expert skills, instilled with passionate enthusiasm, and emboldened to challenge and inspire the world through the power of the performing arts.
A group of jazz percussion students will spend spring break in Cuba, for a week of study and performance with Cuban musicians and students, as well as an immersive exploration of Cuban culture and history.
SMTD has partnered with the Gershwin family to bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin to students, scholars, performers and audiences across campus and worldwide.
There are many ways to support the School’s unique programs and ensembles. Here are but a few examples.
Donations to the Music, Theatre & Dance Fund are held in reserve to allow the dean to make funds available on short notice as opportunities present themselves. Since 2004, students from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance have been invited to perform at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC as part of the Conservatory Project. The University Choir is regularly invited to perform at the American Choral Directors Association meetings in New York. The University Symphony Band was one of only five schools invited to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of the annual College Band Directors National Association convention. The School of Music, Theatre & Dance Fund made it possible for the School to seize these exciting opportunities.
Friends of Theatre & Drama provides vital scholarships to attract the most talented prospective students; brings visiting artists, guest directors, agents, and other industry insiders to Ann Arbor to work with students in person; and creates performance opportunities our students need to succeed in the competitive world of theatre, film, and television.
Friends of Dance provides funding for summer scholarships for students to attend dance intensives; supports performance opportunities; and provides for master classes and workshops with guest artists.
Friends of Musical Theatre provides scholarship support for musical theatre students; provides for guest directors, choreographers, agents, casting directors and other artists to work with students; and funds the annual Senior Showcase, a tremendously successful New York City presentation which introduces the graduating class to industry professionals.
Friends of Opera provides scholarship assistance to vocal students and ensures faculty can continue to recruit the most gifted operatic talent to our campus; supports production costs for opera workshop; provides full opera scores for students performing in the staged opera productions; and provides an award to help with academic expenses for the student winner of the Friends of Opera annual vocal competition.
MMB Elbel Club provides for student scholarships for Michigan Marching Band members, uniform and instrument purchases, and funding for Graduate Student Instructor positions. Students from almost every academic unit across the U-M campus participate in the 350 member MMB.
For information on how you can support the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, please contact the Department of Development & External Relations by phone at 734-647-2035.
University of Michigan
School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Office of Development
2005 Baits Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2075
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