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SMTD Announces Winners of 2023 Teaching Awards

The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance recently named Michael Gould and Eugene Rogers as the recipients of 2023 SMTD teaching awards. The nominations were endorsed by the SMTD Awards Committee and the Executive Committee. Congratulations to Professors Gould and Rogers!

Michael Gould sitting at a drum kit bathed in blue light.

Professor Michael Gould, recipient of the 2023 Harold Haugh Award for excellence in studio teaching

Gould has been named the recipient of the 2023 Harold Haugh Award for excellence in studio teaching. Founded in 1975 in honor of Harold Haugh, professor of music and leading oratorio soloist, the award is presented annually by SMTD to a faculty member in the departments of composition, jazz & contemporary improvisation, organ, piano, strings, voice, or winds & percussion. As specified in the award guidelines, Gould will present a recital and lecture during the fall 2023 term.

Gould is a professor of music in SMTD’s Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation and in the Residential College, a living-learning community with the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. He also serves as director of U-M’s Center for World Performance Studies. In congratulating him for this honor, David Gier, dean of SMTD and Paul Boylan Collegiate Professor of Music, described Gould as “a standout member of our studio teaching faculty with an extraordinary record of student success.”

Eugene Rogers, recipient of the 2023 SMTD Teaching Excellence Award

Eugene Rogers, recipient of the 2023 SMTD Teaching Excellence Award

Rogers has been awarded the 2023 SMTD Teaching Excellence Award, which recognizes outstanding teaching in any SMTD department. Announcing the award, Gier noted Rogers’s “distinguished record of sustained excellence in teaching and mentoring.”

Director of choral activities and an associate professor of choral conducting, Rogers is also an SMTD alumnus, having earned a master’s degree in voice and choral conducting in 2001 and a doctor of musical arts degree in conducting in 2008. In addition to his role at SMTD, Rogers serves as artistic director of the Washington Chorus in Washington, D.C.