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Department of Conducting

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The Conducting Department offers exceptional training to talented musicians. Intensive study with a major artist-teacher and performance experience are the foundation for developing highly qualified, professional conductors. The graduate program in conducting at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance has consistently been ranked first in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

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Dean Dworkin's statement on proposed elimination of NEA and NEH

In a letter to all SMTD constituents, Aaron Dworkin lays out the importance of the NEA and NEH to our nation and to the future success of our students.  more

Tarik O'Regan  (photo by Peter Greig)
Chamber Choir and Percussion Ensemble perform world premiere of "Mass Observation"

The new work by internationally renowned composer Tarik O'Regan explores themes of surveillance and privacy. Free concert takes place at Hill Auditorium on Feb. 15 at 8 pm.  more

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Michigan Men’s Glee Club to perform at Sphinx Finals Concert

The MGC will perform new arrangement of "Seven Last Words of the Unarmed" with the Sphinx Symphony at Orchestra Hall on February 12.  more

Hila Plitmann performing with the USB in 2016 (photo: Peter Smith)
New U-M Symphony Band CD features multiple GRAMMY-winners

GRAMMY winners include soprano Hila Plitmann, composer Michael Daugherty, and saxophonist Timothy McAllister, who said students performed at "highest professional leve."  more

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Always Inspirational, Forever Valiant: A Bicentennial Appreciation for the Performing Arts at Michigan

The University of Michigan Bicentennial marks 200 years of extraordinary research, education, and public service.  more

 

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SMTD logo for eventMichigan Youth Ensembles: Orchestra & Band

Monday, March 27 - 7:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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Friday, March 31 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventContemporary Directions Ensemble

Thursday, April 6 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre
Free - no tickets required
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image for True Blue! A Tribute to MichiganTrue Blue! A Tribute to Michigan

Saturday, April 8 - 7:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Reserved seating -$50/$30/$25 and $20/$15 with Student ID
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SMTD logo for eventUniversity and Campus Bands

Sunday, April 9 - 3:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventCampus Philharmonia Orchestra and Campus Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday, April 11 - 7:30pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventConcert Band

Wednesday, April 12 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventUniversity Symphony Orchestra

Friday, April 14 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventUniversity Philharmonia Orchestra

Tuesday, April 18 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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Jerry Blackstone conducts the University Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir in the Brahms Reqiuem.
Kenneth Kiesler conducts the University Symphony Orchestra and University ChoirGraduate student Arian KhaefiMichael Haithcock rehearses the Symphony Band at the Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts.Conducting classJulie Skadsem leads the Chamber Choir during Collage
"The conducting program at Michigan is so good because it has as its legacy a long tradition of great teachers; it has a great history to build on."
Michael Haithcock, Director, University Bands and Professor of Conducting

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Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower

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