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Greetings from the Dean

Christopher KendallIt's a pleasure to introduce you to the people and programs of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan. We're well aware of the importance you place on choosing the right school for you. For 125 years the School of Music has provided the finest education and experience in the performing arts. For the next 125, we've changed our name to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, not just to recognize the long-standing presence of those disciplines among our programs, but to reflect the exciting character of this school: excellence in the core performing arts programs combined with unparalleled opportunities to intersect with the whole world of the arts. 

Among institutions of its kind, ours is uniquely positioned as a top ranked arts program at a top rated university.  Whether your interests lie in music, dance, musical theatre, theatre, or the arts in combination with other majors, Michigan faculty will provide inspiring artistic guidance along with the world of ideas found only at a world-class university.

As you think about your college choices, keep in mind that you'll have personal and professional relationships with your teachers and fellow students for many years, perhaps for your lifetime. Their engagement with the professional world of the performing arts can be an important ingredient in your future success. Because of the renowned faculty and the talented students at Michigan, you can be assured that you'll be in very good company if you are accepted here as a student.

Please spend some time with the information provided about the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Our staff and I welcome your interest and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our programs.

Christopher Kendall, Dean
Paul Boylan Collegiate Professor of Music
School of Music, Theatre & Dance


Administrative Officers

Christopher Kendall, Dean


John Ellis, Associate Dean for Administration


Jason Geary, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies


Melody Racine, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


Daniel Washington, Associate Dean for Faculty & Multi-Cultural Affairs


Laura Hoffman, Assistant Dean for Admissions & Enrollment Management



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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower