The University of Michigan offers extraordinary performance opportunities. Each year, students and faculty of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance present more than 450 concerts, recitals, and staged performances in Ann Arbor. The schedule of concerts held by the School orchestras, bands, and choirs is augmented by numerous solo and small ensemble performances. Various ensembles specialize in early music, electronic music, contemporary classical music, jazz and improvisation, and many eclectic styles of music including Klezmer, mariachi, Japanese music, and Javanese gamelan.
All ensembles at the University of Michigan are open to any Michigan student. Most require previous experience and an audition. Some are designated for non-music students and are less competitive and time-consuming than those intended for SMTD students.
Unless otherwise specified, all ensembles rehearse at the Moore Building of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance.
The Department of Dance has its own company, which performs annually in the Power Center for the Performing Arts and sponsors numerous smaller concerts choreographed by faculty and students.
The Department of Theatre and Drama mounts five mainstage productions featuring students in performance directed by faculty or guests in a variety of theatre spaces. Students in design and stage management work on these productions. Numerous shows written, acted, and directed by students are presented through the Basement Arts series.
A major opera is presented each term in fully staged performances with orchestra.
The Musical Theatre Department mounts two main stage and two workshop productions each year. The senior class presents a showcase of their work in May each year both in Ann Arbor and New York City. In addition, several programs of opera and musical theatre scenes are given in workshop performances throughout the year.
A number of additional performance outlets are available to students of the School in local and regional organizations. These include the symphony orchestras of Toledo, Flint, Grand Rapids, Jackson, Adrian, and Saginaw; student-run performance organizations, such as MUSKET (musical theatre) and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society; and productions by the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit, and the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan, founded by actor Jeff Daniels. Organists and singers hold posts in large churches and synagogues throughout southeastern Michigan. Other students find performance opportunities in jazz clubs, chamber music societies, and a variety of other venues in the region.
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