School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan

Department of Voice

Voice at Michigan provides students with the opportunity and guidance to discover, explore, and develop their passions at a school with a famed tradition of producing world-class performers. The Department of Voice offers the intensity and rigor of a conservatory education at one of the nation’s top public universities, providing an unequaled opportunity for talented and inquisitive singers to receive a full-faceted education. The program’s intimate nature offers extraordinary access and support, students receive a foundation of individual training with distinguished resident faculty, and have the opportunity to work with many faculty members in addition to their studio teacher. Deeply committed to social justice and attracting, recruiting, and retaining students with wide-ranging backgrounds and identities, the department is championing diversification of repertoire and performance techniques, approaches to pedagogy, and amplifying traditionally under-represented voices. Programs are designed to offer the flexibility to explore a wide range of musical traditions, ample performance opportunities, and a curriculum designed for the 21st Century marketplace. SMTD is home to thriving communities in opera, new music, performance art technology, sacred music, chamber music, and more, offering tremendous opportunities for collaboration and exploration.

Department of Voice Sample Lesson Policy 
The Department of Voice continually strives to provide an inclusive and equitable application process to all students. Available faculty will provide a complimentary voice lesson or coaching, in person or virtual, to prospective students seeking to discover more about the study of voice at SMTD.
Code of Ethics
The Department of Voice recognizes that as voice teachers, coaches, conductors, and stage directors, the faculty and visiting guest artists set an example for our students of professional and ethical conduct. Accordingly, the Department offers this code of ethics, reflecting the collective perspective of the faculty.


The Department of Voice boasts a seasoned and outstanding faculty, with a wealth of performance, teaching, and research experience. At Michigan, private study goes beyond a weekly appointment. Professors are accessible and involved mentors, deeply committed to their students’ growth as individuals as well as musicians. The faculty’s range of experience creates an incomparable in-house resource, while their commitment to teaching provides students with the foundation and real-world guidance needed to flourish in today’s musical landscape.

Scott Piper

Chair of Voice and Associate Professor of Music; Norma L Heyde Faculty Development Professorship

George I. Shirley

Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Emeritus Professor of Voice

Mo Zhou

Assistant Professor of Music




Bachelor of Music

Bachelor of Musical Arts


Master of Music

Specialist in Music

Doctor of Musical Arts

Performance Opportunities

From large ensembles in celebrated concert halls to chamber groups in intimate recital spaces, performance opportunities across all disciplines abound, with nearly 900 student performances each academic year. Whether your focus is on early, classical, or contemporary music, whether your passion is for jazz, electronic, or world music, there is an ensemble—or in many cases, multiple ensembles—to suit your interests, including specific opportunities for percussion, piano, and organ & carillon. For students in theatre & drama, musical theatre, dance, and opera, opportunities abound in both professionally produced and student-run presentations.



Students can explore opportunities across a wide array of SMTD and U-M choirs that perform a range of choral works in world-class venues in Ann Arbor and beyond.



Both undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to perform in fully produced operas and opera workshops as part of this renowned program.

early music

Early Music Ensembles

Students interested in historically oriented performance have opportunities to explore music from across the centuries, performed on authentic period instruments and high-quality replicas.


Solo & Studio Recitals

Across all disciplines, students perform and study with their peers in studio classes and perform for the public in solo student recitals and studio recitals

About George I. Shirley, Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Emeritus Professor of Voice

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