A Message from the Dean
The University of Michigan’s historic Victors for Michigan Campaign began with an ambitious and unprecedented fundraising goal of $4 billion – the largest ever set by a public university. But the University soon discovered that supporters from every walk of life were eager to join us in this valiant effort.
In April 2017, this remarkable goal was achieved. Then, in the early fall of 2018, another milestone was set when the $5 billion threshold was reached – with three months of the campaign still remaining.
The School of Music, Theatre & Dance was an important partner in this effort, exceeding our own goal of $90 million in the spring of 2017. Thanks to the extraordinary generosity and commitment of our donors, SMTD is now proud to announce gifts totaling $101,615,883 (as of 9/30/2018).
The SMTD Victors for Michigan Campaign has impacted the school in so many critical ways, and it is all thanks to your support. You have ensured that record numbers of students receive scholarship support, and moved us closer to providing scholarships to every student in need; you have helped us build and plan for magnificent teaching facilities; you have allowed us to create groundbreaking programs and initiatives; and you have provided students with life-changing experiences – including master classes, international travel, senior showcases, world premiere performances, civic engagement, and professional development opportunities.
All of these crucial developments differentiate SMTD from its peers and contribute to an educational environment that is nothing less than extraordinary. We are profoundly aware of how fortunate we are to have such caring partners who understand the value of the performing arts, and the work we do to develop future leaders in all disciplines of performance and research. Our gratitude to you, our generous donors, knows no bounds.
Thank you for being a part of this journey.
Thank you for being a Victor for Michigan.
David Gier, Dean
Paul Boylan Collegiate Professor of Music
The brochure below details all of the generous support our donors have given:
The Work Continues …
The Victors for Michigan Campaign concluded at the end of 2018. While our donors exceeded our expectations for the campaign, and we have taken major steps toward reaching our goals, you can still make an important difference to our future. We still hope to reach our ultimate goal of being able to award scholarship funds to cover every student’s demonstrated need, and continuing support is needed for our groundbreaking programs and several new and exciting projects coming soon. It’s never too late to be a Victor for Michigan!
The School will achieve the highest standards of excellence by attracting the most gifted students from around the world, regardless of financial means, through the availability of generous scholarship support. We will enhance the diversity and sense of community of our student body while stimulating the creative, intellectual, civic, and artistic growth of each individual.
The School will expand and explore new curricula, include more interdisciplinary and non-major programs, and employ imaginative use of evolving technology while supporting a faculty second to none in quality, commitment, and scholarship. Developing support for faculty and technological tool and creative spaces needed to do this work will secure the School’s ability to act across disciplines and provide flexible artistic experiences for students.
The School will be a model of how a performing arts institution thrives within a great research university, by exploring innovative on-campus programming and new ways of engaging, stimulating, and enhancing understanding and participation in the performing arts by the larger community beyond the UNiversity. By supporting new and existing programs, and the faculty who ensure their success, we will deepen our connection with the University and its global community.
As the performing arts world continues to change, the School will build a strong culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, establishing collaborations with colleagues and the community that translate creative ideas into action, and fully embrace the opportunities of the emerging digital world. Growing resources for new initiatives by both faculty and students will guarantee our ability to support new artistic business models.
To adequately house the full range of programs, initiatives, and outreach that fully represent a 21st-century performing arts education, the School will create the best state-of-the-art facilities. We must bring together all of our faculty and students in environmentally sustainable spaces that accommodate the changing demands of curricular expansion, digital technology, and community outreach.
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