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Profile of cello student and scholarship recipient Horacio Contreras Espinoza


Admission to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance is highly competitive. The freshman class beginning in 2014 had an average GPA of 3.6. Once applicants qualify academically, the audition and interview phase of the application process begins. 

The School is committed to continuing to attract the best and the brightest. In order to do so, we must be able to offer the top applicants a scholarship support package that can compete with other conservatories and schools who are just as eager to recruit the best as we are and can sometimes offer more financial support.

Here are some ways to support scholarships at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance:

  • Donate to the expendable portion of an already existing scholarship endowment fund, such as the Alumni Society Scholarship Fund, Marching Band Scholarship, School of Music, Theatre & Dance Scholarship Fund, or scholarships earmarked for a specific instrument or discipline. These gifts are immediately impactful to students.
    A printable donation form is available or you can make a gift online.
  • Donate to the principal of an existing endowed scholarship, thereby increasing its value and raising the amount available for distribution each year.
    SMTD has many endowed funds, including those for scholarship support.
  • Create and fund an annual named scholarship—named for a loved one or a beloved professor or in celebration of your own love of the arts—where the full amount of your donation each year goes directly to the student. The minimum to establish an annual named scholarship is $2,500, with a commitement to support for 4 years.
  • Create a named endowed scholarship where the interest generated each year is given out as a scholarship to a deserving student as the endowment continues to grow and the payout increases. The minimum to endowed a scholarship in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance is $50,000.

    Scenes from a recent donor recognition event

CK at Podium    IntentStudent

DancePerformance   Piano PErformance

Binkows    Opera

CrowdScholarshipShowcase    Pearson Macek


For information on how you can support the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, please contact Maureen Schafer, Director of Development & External Relations by phone at 734-764-4453, or by email at

University of Michigan

School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Office of Development & External Relations

2005 Baits Drive

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2075


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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower