21st Century Performing Artists: The Multifaceted Careers of SMTD Alumni

View from the Pond

Helping to Reinvent the Musical Theatre Canon | Department of Voice Becomes Department of Voice & Opera | George Shirley Celebrates His 90th Birthday as His Namesake Vocal Competition Moves to SMTD | Q&A with Mica Harrison Loosemore | SMTD Community Well Represented in Grammy and Oscar Nominations

Bringing Ideas to Life at the EXCEL Lab: An Interview with Jonathan Kuuskoski

A Front-Row Seat to History: Life in a Military Band


Orchestrating Change: SMTD Alumni Transform Lives and Enrich Communities through Volunteer Service and Advocacy

The Roads Less Traveled: SMTD Graduates Thrive in Careers Outside the Performing Arts

Dean’s Reflection

Dean Gier reflects on the many extraordinary opportunities students have at SMTD. These opportunities, coupled with training and mentorship from the faculty and the unending support students offer each other, help prepare SMTD students for whatever the future holds.

In Memoriam

Ellen Labes (1933-2023) | Jerald C. Schwiebert (1951-2023) | Chris Peluso (1983-2023) | SMTD Graduates of the 1940s-2000s

Giving Update

SMTD acknowledges and gives thanks for recent major gifts and pledges in the areas of student support, program support, capital needs, and planned gifts. Nathan Goldberg (BFA ’24, acting; playwriting minor) offers a message of thanks for scholarship support at Michigan.

About Michigan Muse

The University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance Administrative Officers 

David Gier, Dean and Paul Boylan Collegiate Professor of Music
Christi-Anne Castro, Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Mark Clague, Associate Dean for Partnerships
Jason Corey, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Kate Fitzpatrick, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Mica Harrison Loosemore, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Enrollment Management
Ericka Bigelow, Chief Advancement Officer
Eli Salembier, Director of Finance & Operations
DeeDee Ulintz, Director of Academic & Student Affairs

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About the front cover image

Gloria Sitsope Ahlijah (MFA ’24, dance) in the Perry Kasper Granoff Studio, January 2023. Photo credit: Chris Boyes

About the back cover image

Jason Cianciulli (MFA ’25, dance) in the Perry Kasper Granoff Studio, January 2023. Photo credit: Chris Boyes