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Department of Composition

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A distinguished faculty of internationally known composers provides students with guidance and encouragement in the search for the student's individual voice, without imposing stylistic regimentation.

Composers in undergraduate and graduate programs enjoy premiere performances of their work in the Composers Forum concert series, through annual participation in the Midwest Composers Symposium (a forum for student composers from four schools) and in concerts by University of Michigan ensembles. Students also have access to the incredible resources of the School, including the Audio Studio and the Electronic Music Studios.

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Faculty, students, and alumni of the Department of Composition continue to win an extraordinary number of national and international awards, receiving virtually every prize and award available to American composers.

All of these factors combine to make the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance one of the country's important centers for the training of young composers.

 

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guest composers & past faculty

In addition to the regular faculty, students have the opportunity to work with a variety of eminent composers each semester.

news

William and Delores Brehm (photo by Mark Mastropietro)
SMTD Receives $1 Million Gift for Pianos From William and Delores Brehm

Lead donors to the Moore Building renovation and expansion make additional gift to outfit the building with new pianos.  more

SMTD logo for newsSMTD Receives Quick Win/Discovery Grant for Cultural Entrepreneurship Project

University grant will support program to help performing arts students develop entrepreneurial skills in the transformed cultural landscape of the 21st century. more

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U-M selects Sphinx’s founder as new dean of School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Aaron Dworkin, recognized internationally for his leadership and advocacy of diversity in the performing arts, will serve as dean of the SMTD beginning July 20, 2015.  more

 

events

image for Renovated E.V. Moore Building Opening CelebrationRenovated E.V. Moore Building Opening Celebration

Friday, September 18 - 7:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building
Free - no tickets required
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image for Kaprálová Festival: Opening Fanfare and Lecture, Dr. Věroslav NěmecKaprálová Festival: Opening Fanfare and Lecture, Dr. Věroslav Němec

Sunday, September 20 - 12:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for Kaprálová Festival: Recital of Childhood Pieces and Other WorksKaprálová Festival: Recital of Childhood Pieces and Other Works

Sunday, September 20 - 1:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for Kaprálová Festival: Song RecitalKaprálová Festival: Song Recital

Monday, September 21 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for Kaprálová Festival: Piano RecitalKaprálová Festival: Piano Recital

Thursday, September 24 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventUniversity Symphony Orchestra

Friday, September 25 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for Kaprálová Festival: Chamber Music RecitalKaprálová Festival: Chamber Music Recital

Saturday, September 26 - 2:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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Michael Daugherty, Professor of Composition
Evan Chambers, Professor and Chair of CompositionKristin Kuster, professor of compositionErik Santos, Associate Professor of Composition and Director, Electronic Music Studio Paul Schoenfield, Professor of Composition Bright Sheng, Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor of Composition
"Michigan, for me, was incredible. I worked with everyone..... There are many schools that have great teachers but few where you can work with them intensively. I was not shy about approaching them, but there was something about Michigan that made me feel that I could."
Derek Bermel, MM Composition 1993 & DMA Composition 1997

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