There are many ways to support the School’s unique programs. Here are but a few examples.
This money is held in reserve to allow the dean to make funds available on short notice as opportunities present themselves. Since 2004, students from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance have been invited to perform at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC as part of the Conservatory Project. The University Choir is regularly invited to perform at the American Choral Directors Association meetings in New York. The University Symphony Band was one of only five schools invited to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of the annual College Band Directors National Association convention. The School of Music, Theatre & Dance Fund made it possible for the School to seize these exciting opportunities.
Friends of Theatre & Drama
provides vital scholarships to attract the most talented prospective students; brings visiting artists, guest directors, agents, and other industry insiders to Ann Arbor to work with students in person; and creates performance opportunities our students need to succeed in the competitive world of theatre, film, and television.
Friends of Dance
provides funding for summer scholarships for students to attend dance intensives; supports performance opportunities; and provides for master classes and workshops with guest artists.
Friends of Musical Theatre
provides vital scholarship support for musical theatre students; provides for guest directors, choreographers, agents, casting directors and other artists to work with students; and funds the annual Senior Showcase, a tremendously successful New York City presentation which introduces the graduating class to industry professionals.
Friends of Opera
provides scholarship assistance to vocal students and ensures faculty can continue to recruit the most gifted operatic talent to our campus; supports production costs for opera workshop; provides full opera scores for students performing in the staged opera productions; and provides an award to help with academic expenses for the student winner of the Friends of Opera annual vocal competition.
Students from almost every academic unit across the U-M campus participate in this 350 member School of Music, Theatre & Dance ensemble. Funds provide for student scholarships for MMB members, uniform and instrument purchases, and funding for Graduate Student Instructor positions.
Michigan Marching Band
The MMB is a beloved institution ever since its earliest days under the direction of the legendary William Revelli. You can sponsor a halftime show at any Saturday home game for the Marching Band and see your name in lights—or rather spelled out by the band on the field. Your support helps with the purchase of new instruments, uniforms, travel expenses, and more.
Musical Theatre at Michigan has one of the strongest reputations of any such program in the country. Vital to the graduates’ success is the annual Senior Showcase in which seniors present a revue of their best work in New York City before agents, talent scouts, and producers, the people who make careers happen. You can contribute to the costs of sending the Senior Showcase to New York.
Adopt an Instrument
The Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments began in 1899 as a gift to the University from Frederick Stearns, a Detroit businessman who had collected rare musical and cultural artifacts in his travels around the world. The Collection has grown since Stearns’ initial gift of some 900 musical instruments and has been carefully maintained with proper storage and display conditions. You can support this important collection through the Stearns Adopt-An-Instrument program.
For information on how you can support programs at Michigan, contact Ericka Bigelow, 734-763-0632.
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2085
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