Performances & Events

Search events

May 17 | 5:00 pm

Opening Panel: George Shirley and the Army, Detroit Public Schools and Radio Host

Britton Recital Hall
Earl V. Moore Building

Free - no tickets required

Livestream Link

To kick off the annual George Shirley Competition, we’re celebrating George Shirley at 90! Join us for the opening panel discussion about his time on the U.S. Army Chorus, as a music teacher in Detroit Public Schools and radio host for Classical Music and the Afro-American in the 1970s for WQXR.

Discussion Free Talk Diversity Equity and Inclusion Faculty Live-stream Option North Campus
May 17 | 7:30 pm

Welcome Concert: 2024 George Shirley Vocal Competition

Britton Recital Hall
Earl V. Moore Building

Free - no tickets required

View Program

Livestream Link

The George Shirley Vocal and Composer Competition focuses entirely on African American Vocal Repertoire and is open to singers of all ethnicities. The composer’s competition is open to African American composers. The competition offers singers and composers the opportunity to work with and receive feedback from world-renowned judges, including George Shirley. We award over $65,000 in scholarships across 5 divisions.

Concert Free Diversity Equity and Inclusion Faculty Live-stream Option North Campus
May 18 | 12:00 pm

High School Vocal Master Class with Sylvia Twine

Kevreson Rehearsal Hall
Earl V. Moore Building

Free - no tickets required

Guest artist and SMTD alum Sylvia Twine (MM ’00, vocal performance) presents a Master Class featuring high school competitors singing African American art song, with Parker Konkle, pianist. Free and open to the public; part of the George Shirley Vocal Competition.

Alumni Free Talk Workshop North Campus
May 18 | 1:30 pm

College Vocal Master Class with Darryl Taylor

Hankinson Rehearsal Hall
Earl V. Moore Building

Free - no tickets required

Guest artist Darryl Taylor presents a Master Class featuring college competitors singing African American art song, with Kathryn Goodson and Sarah Thune, pianists. Free and open to the public; part of the George Shirley Vocal Competition.

Free Talk Workshop North Campus
May 18 | 7:00 pm

Pre-professional Vocal Master Class (part 1) with George Shirley

Britton Recital Hall
Earl V. Moore Building

Free - no tickets required

Livestream Link

Tenor George Shirley, SMTD’s Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Emeritus Professor of Voice, presents a Master Class featuring pre-professional competitors singing African American art song. Peter Smith and John Morefield, pianists. Free and open to the public; part of the George Shirley Vocal Competition.

Free Talk Workshop Faculty Live-stream Option North Campus
George Shirley performs with arm raised out, wearing suit coat and turtleneck
May 19 | 11:00 am

Pre-professional Vocal Master Class (part 2) with Darryl Taylor

Watkins Lecture Hall
Earl V. Moore Building

Free - no tickets required

Guest artist Darryl Taylor presents a Master Class featuring pre-professional competitors singing African American art song with Parker Konkle, pianist. Free and open to the public; part of the George Shirley Vocal Competition.

Free Talk Workshop North Campus
May 19 | 1:30 pm

Composers Division Competition

Britton Recital Hall
Earl V. Moore Building

Free - no tickets required

The George Shirley Vocal and Composer Competition focuses entirely on African American Vocal Repertoire and is open to singers of all ethnicities. The composer’s competition is open to African American composers. The competition offers singers and composers the opportunity to work with and receive feedback from world-renowned judges, including George Shirley.

Free Diversity Equity and Inclusion North Campus