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Department of Performing Arts Technology


The Department of Performing Arts Technology seeks to advance the aesthetics of technology-based arts through performance, the development of emerging technologies, and research. Collaboration and creativity are key components of the interdisciplinary study of music, dance, theatre, engineering, art, and film and video.


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The University of Michigan maintains extensive computing resources for all students and the School of Music, Theatre & Dance vigorously promotes applications of technology in music. The Brehm Technology Innovation Suite features professional-quality facilities including the Music Technology Lab, Chip Davis Technology Studio, Control Room, and two Editing Rooms. These studios feature state-of-the-art equipment in acoustically optimized spaces. The nearby Duderstadt Center houses two Electronic Music Studios, the Audio Studio, the Video Studio, and several project studios, a virtual-reality laboratory, and design studios.





Part-time Lecturers

Christopher Burns

Paul Dooley


Eric Morgeson

Dick Siegel

Associated Faculty

Robert Swedberg

Gregory Wakefield (Computer Science & Engineering)


Chelsea Hamm and Kevin Allswede took Bharatnatyam lessons as part of the India program. Photo by Chelsea Hamm
The India Program is Music to Their Ears

When nine U-M students began their journey to India with Prof. Stephen Rush in July, they thought they were going to learn about Indian classical music. But when they returned one month later, they also brought vast new knowledge about themselves and each other. more

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Professor reimagines presidential campaign as musical comedy

A movie musical written, directed, and produced in Ann Arbor by Prof. Andy Kirshner premieres at Michigan Theater on Sept. 22. more

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SMTD PAT alumnus Carlos Garcia (BFA '12), who performs under the name L05, was awarded a 2016 Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Live Arts category. Garcia works in the Emerging Technologies Group in the Duderstadt Center and belongs to the Detroit-based artist collective Complex Movements.    

The Koinonia Trio (Hye-Jin Cho, piano; Christine Harada Li, violin; Nathaniel Pierce, cello)
The New Entrepreneurs

EXCEL program prepares students for thriving careers in the performing arts more

Isaac Levine (left), Mary Jo Disler (center), and Joseph Daniel (right)
Three alumni featured at Yale University carillon congress

Two SMTD alumni won the 2016 Yale University Twilight Concert and Competition Contest.  more



SMTD logo for eventGypsy Pond Music XVIII

November 2 - 6
Earl V. Moore Building, Pond
Free - no tickets required

SMTD logo for eventEXCEL Trainings

Sep. 22, Nov. 10
Earl V. Moore Building, EXCEL Lab
Free - no tickets required to observe

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SMTD logo for eventEXCEL Breakfast: Pamela Z

Friday, November 18 - 11:00am
Earl V. Moore Building, EXCEL Lab
Free - no tickets required

SMTD logo for eventPerforming Arts Technology Concert: Resonance

Saturday, November 19 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Audio Studio in the Duderstadt Center, across from the School of Music Theater & Dance, available for student work
Students live stream a synced performance in Electronic Chamber Music, a course available to Performing Arts Technology studentsVideo Studio at the Duderstadt Center, available for multimedia performance and student worksGypsy Pond Music, an annual installation created by the students of the Digital Music EnsembleLive motion capture demo in the 3D Lab, a space available to students, designed for projects ranging from motion capture to video game design to 3d animationThe School of Music, Theatre & Dance, in which the Performing Arts Technology department is located.The Duderstadt Center, in which the recording and multimedia studios are located. This is across the street from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance on North Campus.
"I was a performing arts technology major focused in composition; I was involved in every aspect of sound in performance that exists in this school. It’s the most versatile music degree you can get."
Kevin DeKimpe, BFA Performing Arts Technology 2010

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