Brittany DeYoung, harpist
Joey Richter in Monologue from 'Othello'Mary Martin, soprano, and Brandon Grimes, BaritoneYersinia Quartet

Giving Update

We are pleased to share the impact of the following recent and future gifts to benefit the students and programs of the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Several friends of the School have renewed their scholarship support for students at SMTD: the Cairn Foundation for students in musical theatre; the Chisbetts Foundation for students in both the jazz and musical theatre departments; and the Evangeline L. Dumesnil Trust for support of in-state SMTD students.

Two new scholarships were recently initiated: the Burrows Family Scholarship for the Michigan Marching Band and the Michele Johns Scholarship for Organ and Church Music Studies.

James Weinberg has made a gift to grow the endowed Edith Zickerman Weinberg Scholarship for piano majors. The scholarship, originally established during this alumna’s lifetime, continues to honor his wife Edith’s memory, and this additional gift celebrates 58 years since their very special wedding day.

On the programmatic front, Barbara Abramoff Levy has made a gift to commission a new choral work for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s University Choirs, and Jerry and Dale Kolins have made a gift to sponsor the Michigan Marching Band’s 2010 UM vs. MSU halftime show.

New planned gifts are helping to ensure the future excellence of the SMTD: Matthew and Rebecca Bright have made a bequest intention to establish a fund for the replacement of trumpets for the Michigan Marching Band; Betty Cummings has made provisions to establish an endowed scholarship fund for euphonium players in the MMB through her estate plans; and Marilyn Mason has added to a Charitable Remainder Trust to ultimately benefit the Marilyn Mason-William Steinhoff Scholarship Fund for students majoring in organ performance.

Presidential Challenge:
The Student Global Experience

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman has established another Donor Challenge Program, this time to address the institution’s priority to enable students to gain critical experience learning abroad. The challenge provides scholarship support for graduate and undergraduate students studying abroad in a program conducted by the University of Michigan. The 1 for 2 match is for endowment gifts of $25K or more, pledged over a maximum of five years. This matching opportunity is available through the end of 2009. To learn more about opportunities for SMTD study abroad programs and how you can leverage your gift to support these student experiences, please call Maureen Schafer at 734-764-4453.

Scholarship Showcase

The fourth annual Scholarship Showcase was held on September 20, 2009. The evening began with scholarship recipients from the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance presenting a public performance in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Students from across various disciplines of the School – dance, harp, jazz, musical theatre, percussion, performance arts technology, strings, woodwinds, theatre, and voice – gave electrifying performances for an audience filled with supporters and friends. Following the concert, donors and students met for dinner and enjoyed the opportunity to get to know one another.


Please call the Office of Development & External Relations at 734-764-4453
if you have any questions or would like to explore giving opportunities.