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Department of Voice

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The Voice Department is dedicated to the thorough training and preparation of highly talented singers for professional careers. Students receive outstanding vocal training and coaching by a distinguished resident faculty and are encouraged and mentored to develop their highest levels of artistry, creativity, and musicianship, while benefitting from a wide array of performance opportunities and academic programs in theory, history, languages, acting, dance, and pedagogy.

 

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All roles in regularly scheduled opera, choral, chamber music, and musical theatre performances are performed by students. The Jessye Norman Master Class Series sponsors master classes and visits by distinguished artists, which further enrich the curriculum.

 

 

faculty

Stephen West (Chair)

Kay Castaldo (opera)

Timothy Cheek (diction)

David Daniels

Caroline Helton

Freda Herseth

Martin Katz (voice literature)

Kathleen Kelly (opera)

Stephen Lusmann

 

 

Associated Faculty

Kristin Eder

Matthew Thompson

Nadine Washington

Stanford Olsen

Carmen Pelton

Scott Piper

Melody Lynn Racine (Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs)

George I. Shirley (Emeritus)

Robert Swedberg (opera)

Daniel Washington

 

 

 

 

 

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SMTD Voice Students Participate in Master Class with Frederica von Stade (VIDEO)

The Department of Voice welcomed world-renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade to campus to teach a master class on French repertoire.  more

Photo by Arielle Doneson
Opera's Next Superstar

A look at tenor Michael Fabiano and his rise through the world of opera.  more

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Concerto Competition winner Aaron Kurz performing with New Millennium Orchestra in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall in June 2015
2016 Concerto Competition Winners Announced

The 2016 School of Music, Theatre & Dance Concerto Competition winners have been announced and will perform their competiion piece along with one of the School's orchestras in an upcoming SMTD concert at Hil Auditorium.  more

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SMTD’s Collage Concert XXXIX

The most anticipated SMTD event of every year, the Collage Concert is a non-stop evening of virtuosity, featuring students from every performance discipline in a riveting display of talent, made even more exciting by unique ensembles, exhilarating repertoire, and unexpected juxtapositions of acts. more

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U-M Announces International Chamber Music Competition with Grand Prize of $100,000

M-Prize, U-M's new international chamber arts competition, will feature the largest cash award of any competition of its kind as it seeks to raise the profile of chamber arts. more

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NY Philharmonic Residency Details Announced

SMTD, UMS, and the New York Philharmonic announce the full details of the upcoming New York Philharmonic Residency in October.  more

Moore Building's new Brehm Pavilion (photo: Michigan Photography, Eric Bronson)
E.V. Moore Building reopens following $29.5 million renovation and expansion

SMTD's Earl V. Moore Building reopens, introduces brand new Brehm Pavilion. more

SMTD logo for newsSMTD Welcomes New Faculty

New SMTD Faculty includes David Daniels, John Granzow, Kathleen Kelly, Nathan Martin, Tiffany Ng, John Pasquale, Scott Pingel, René Rusch, Oriol Sans, and Kathryn Votapek. more

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SMTD's Kaprálova Festival celebrates work of little known female Czech composer

SMTD celebrates the centenary of composer Vítězslava Kaprálova with week-long festival of concerts, recitals, and lectures by students, faculty, and alumni.  more

Emeritus Professor George Shirley
U-M's University Musical Society, George Shirley to receive National Medal of Arts

SMTD Emeritus Professor George Shirley is the recipient of a 2014 National Medal of Arts, which is one of the nation's highest public artistic honors.  more

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

 

events

image for Guest Recital: Juliet Petrus, soprano with Lydia Qiu, pianoGuest Recital: Juliet Petrus, soprano with Lydia Qiu, piano

Friday, February 12 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for Don Chisholm Jazz Vocal Master Class Series with Sunny WilkinsonDon Chisholm Jazz Vocal Master Class Series with Sunny Wilkinson

January 24 - April 17
Stearns Building, Cady Room
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventSenior Recital: Sam Cummins, baritone

Sunday, February 14 - 5:30pm
Off-Campus Location, Kerrytown Concert House - 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventDepartment of Voice Student Recital

January 25 - April 4
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventOpera discussion: Dream of the Red Chamber

Tuesday, February 16 - 12:00pm
School of Social Work Building, Room 1636
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventPanel Discussion: Dream of the Red Chamber opera project

Thursday, February 18 - 4:45pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for University Symphony Orchestra with U-M ChoirsUniversity Symphony Orchestra with U-M Choirs

Tuesday, February 23 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for Master Class: Hila Plitmann, sopranoMaster Class: Hila Plitmann, soprano

Thursday, March 10 - 3:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventVoices Valliant Winter Performance

Saturday, March 12 - 2:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Hankinson Rehearsal Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventMichigan Youth Ensembles: Choral & Jazz

Sunday, March 13 - 4:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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Voice Study at U-M: Meet our students
soloist at the annual Scholarship Showcase<em>Eugene Onegin</em>Chamber Choir, conducted by Professor Jerry Blackstone<em>La Boheme</em>soloist at the annual Collage concertChamber Choir and University Symphony Orchestra in Hill Auditorium<em>Marriage of Figaro</em>
"The U-M Voice program is designed to offer our students a nurturing environment for the development of their singing and acting skills, as well as numerous performance opportunities where they can also spread their wings with experience that builds careers in a healthy way."
Robert Swedberg, Associate Professor of Opera

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