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Youth & Adult Community Programs


Youth & Adult Community Programs (YAP) is a division of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance which connects the School and its resources to the community. YAP offers high-quality performing arts programming in three different areas: Youth Education, Adult Learning, and Community Outreach. Our programs derive their standard of excellence from faculty leadership; student and alumni involvement; and local, national, and international community engagement. Several of our programs trace their historical roots back to Dr. William Revelli in the 1930s, and new programs are developing every year.  Each of our programs is led by esteemed University faculty and involves U-M students and alumni while serving the greater Michigan and international communities. Programs run during the school year and throughout the summer.

Mission Statement

Youth & Adult Community Programs at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance cultivate a deep and lasting appreciation of the performing arts through a comprehensive program of community and cultural engagement, educational opportunities, and performances. We nurture and inspire artists, audiences, and arts advocates of all ages by connecting external communities to the University's prestigious faculty, exceptional students, and rich artistic resources.

Youth Education


Michigan Youth Ensembles (MYE)

Dating back to 1950, MYE provides opportunities for middle- and high-school musicians to come together from across the state to participate in performing ensembles of the highest caliber directed by U-M faculty.  Programs run from September – March.


Large Ensembles

Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra

Michigan Youth Symphonic Band

Michigan Youth Chamber Singers

Michigan Youth Women’s Chorale

Michigan Youth Jazz Improvisation Ensemble

Small Ensembles

iMpact! Percussion Ensemble

Youth Euphonium and Tuba Ensemble


Level One Musicianship Course

Level Two Musicianship Course

MPulse Performing Arts Institutes

Formerly the "All-State at Interlochen" program, MPulse began on the Ann Arbor campus in 2006.  This summer intensive is a residential program for high-school artists from across the globe.



Center Stage Strings







Musical Theatre




Theatre & Drama


Vocal Arts


Girls in Music and Technology

Girls in Music and Technology (GiMaT) is a summer day camp designed to promote participation by girls in activities at the intersection of music and technology. GiMaT offers the hands-on opportunity to learn creative technologies for making music with computers with faculty from U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance Department of Performing Arts Technology, one of the world's leading undergraduate programs in music technology.


Preparatory Programs

Preparatory Programs at SMTD provide private and group lessons for serious students studying on a specific instrument.


Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program

Provides piano lessons to pre-college-age students from the community, in a year-round program

String Preparatory Academy




Roots Music Strings

Performing Arts Clinics

One-day performing arts clinics for students and their teachers

Bass Bash

Adult Learning


Lifelong Learning Programs

Classes offered to adults in the community interested in pursuing knowledge in the performing arts. Classes run 8 – 24 weeks during the fall, winter and spring.  Class offerings are unique to each new season.


"Discovering Classical Music" Series

Voices Valiant—a choral experience for adults 50 and better

Professional Development Summer Workshops

Workshops are summer intensives and range from 3 – 7 days in length. While graduate credit is available for many of our workshops, all workshops are open to the public ages 18 and up.  Taught by U-M Faculty, these workshops provide opportunities for artists of various levels to study in Ann Arbor with University faculty.  Whether you are a graduate student interested in applying to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance or a teacher looking for professional development, YAP Adult Workshops have a rich breadth of programming.

Anatomy of Sound

Band Conducting & Pedagogy Workshop

Choral Conducting Symposium

Michigan String Workshop

Additional Workshops are offered through the Music Education Department


Community Outreach

University students and faculty provide educational performances at community venues across Michigan. Current community partners include:

Brookhaven Manor

Glacier Hills Senior Living

Jewish Community Center

Pinckney Public Library

Putnam Township Senior Center

The Sanctuary at St. Joseph's Villiage

U-M Center for Educational Outreach

U-M Detroit Center

UMHS Gifts of Art

Washtenaw Community College

YAP Faculty

All Youth & Adult Community Programs participants study with SMTD faculty, guest instructors, and SMTD students. The below list reflects those who provide direct instruction and support to our program participants. We would also like to acknowledge the many unlisted individuals who provide supervision, coaching, and mentorship to our students.


U-M SMTD Faculty

Danielle Belen, violin

Andrew Bishop, jazz & contemporary improvisation

Jerry Blackstone, choral conducting

Chad Burrow, clarinet

William Campbell, trumpet

Jason Corey, performing arts technology

Bill DeYoung, dance

Sean Dobbins, jazz & contemporary improvisation

Anthony Elliott, cello

Diana Gannett, double bass

Joseph Gramley, percussion

Michael Gurevich, performing arts technology

Michael Haithcock, band conducting

David Halen, violin

Caroline Helton, voice

Joan Holland, harp

Michael Hopkins, music education

Robert Hurst, jazz & contemporary improvisation

Andrew Jennings, violin

Fritz A. Kaenzig, tuba & euphonium

Nancy Ambrose King, oboe

William King, woodwind chamber music

Jeffrey Lyman, bassoon

Annette Masson, theatre

Mark Madama, musical theatre

Janet Maylie, theatre

Louis Nagel, piano

Jonathan Ovalle, percussion

John Pasquale, band conducting

Carmen Pelton, voice

Amy Porter, flute

Eugene Rogers, choral conducting

Ellen Rowe, jazz & contemporary improvisation

Jerald Schwiebert, theatre

Rico Serbo, voice

Martha Sheil, voice

Stephen Shipps, violin

Julie Skadsem, music education

Yoonshin Song, violin

Courtney Snyder, band conducting

Adam Unsworth, horn

Brent Wagner, musical theatre

Stephen West, voice

Cynthia Westphal, musical theatre

Dennis Wilson, jazz & contemporary improvisation

Robin Wilson, dance

Leigh Woods, theatre & drama

Guest Instructors

Catherine Adams, musical theatre

Aimee Anderson, dance

Joe Becker, percussion

Ellen Breakfield-Glick, clarinet

Daniel Brier, violin

Janine DiVita, musical theatre

Laura Dwyer, flute

Krisilyn Frazier, dance

Norma Freeman, choral conducting

Jennifer Harge, dance

Rachel Hoffman, musical theatre

Bohuslava Jelinkova, dance

Monica Kaenzig, clarinet

Melissa Lilje, dance

Allison McDowell, dance

Valerie Palmieri, string education

Terri Park, theatre

Brad Phillips, fiddle

Bob Phillips, string education

Colin Raybin, dance

Kristen Schuyten, dance

Rachid Seklaoui, dance

Cary Tedder, musical theatre

Matthew Toronto, musical theatre

Amy West, dance

Danae Witter, violin

Andrea Yun, string education

Student Instructors

Erica Boysen

Horatio Contreras

Stephen Lett

Vivian Luong

Jarrett McCourt

Bradley Phillips

Christopher Sies

Mallory Tabb

Hannah Weaver

John West


Samantha Biniker

Tim Carey

Dolly Collins

George Cullinan

Tyler Driskill

Kathryn Goodson*

Emily Lai

Brian Locke

Steven McGhee

Keaton Royer

Jean Schneider

Justin Snyder

Diana Sussman

Scott VanOrnum*

Ryan Wolfe

*denotes SMTD collaborative pianist


Sarah J. Rau

Program Directorr, Youth & Adult Community Programs

Emily Lamoreaux

Program Coordinator, Youth & Adult Community Programs

Robin Myrick

Program Coordinator, Youth & Adult Community Programs

Brittany Nicol

Administrative Assistant, Youth & Adult Community Programs


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