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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)

Timothy Cheek (diction)

Kay Castaldo (opera)

Caroline Helton

Freda Herseth

Martin E. Katz (voice literature)

Stephen Lusmann

Stanford Olsen

Carmen Pelton

 

Associated Faculty

Kristin Eder

Matthew Thompson

Nadine Washington

Scott Piper

Melody Lynn Racine (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs)

Rico Serbo

Martha Sheil

George I. Shirley (Emeritus)

Robert Swedberg (opera)

Daniel Washington (Associate Dean for Faculty and Multi-Cultural Affairs)

 

 

 

 

 

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SMTD logo for newsCommencement Award Winners Announced

Winners of the 2014 senior class commencement awards will be honored and presented with their awards at the commencement ceremonies on May 2. more

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Free Concert Celebrates "World Voice Day"

The Department of Voice will present a free concert on Wednesday, April 16 as part of "World Voice Day," a global celebration to increase awareness of voice science, pedagogy, and the vocal arts.  more

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Colemans to be honored at Michigan premiere of Professor Emeritus Bolcom's opera

President Coleman, U-M/Detroit cultural ties and the decades-long artistic partnership between MOT and SMTD will be celebrated at gala opening of A View From the Bridge. more

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Celebration of Professor George Shirley's 80th Birthday

The teaching and legacy of Professor Emeritus George Shirley will be celebrated on April 11 at 7:30 pm at Stamps Auditorium. more

Leon Fleisher (photo by Chris Hartlove)
Spring Brings Celebrated Guest Artists to SMTD

Musical artists from across the country and around the world will perform free recitals and/or teach SMTD master classes in coming weeks. more

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Met Opera Star Thomas Hampson to Lead Master Class

Taking a break from his starring role in Alban Berg's Wozzeck at the Met, baritone Thomas Hampson will visit Ann Arbor on Friday, March 14 to lead a master class on American art song. more

SMTD logo for newsJessye Norman Master Class Series Announced

The Department of Voice has announced the 2014 Jessye Norman Master Class Series, featuring acclaimed operatic artists. All events are free and open to the public. more

SMTD logo for newsConcerto Competition Winners Announced

The four victors of the annual competition will perform with one of the School's orchestras at Hill Auditorium.  more

Graduate voice students  Jean Bernard Cerin, Leann Schuering, Katie Calcamuggio, Jesse Donne at the "Gerald R. Ford" aircraft carrier in Newport News, VA
Voice Students Sing at Christening of the "Gerald R. Ford"

SMTD's "Victors Quartet" sang at major national event: the ceremonial christenting of nation's newest aircraft carrier. more

 

events

SMTD logo for eventOpera Scenes Workshop

Saturday, April 19 - 1:30pm
Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventMasters Recital: Natalie Doran, soprano

Saturday, April 19 - 2:00pm
Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventOpera Scenes Workshop

Saturday, April 19 - 5:00pm
Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventStudent Recital: Samuel Plumb, tenor

Saturday, April 19 - 5:00pm
Moore Building, Rehearsal Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventStudent Recital: Micah Candiotti-Pacheco, clarinet & Hannah Sparrow, soprano

Sunday, April 20 - 8:00pm
Off-Campus Location, Kerrytown Concert House - 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventMasters Recital: Nicholas Davis, baritone

Saturday, April 26 - 4:00pm
Off-Campus Location, University Commons - 817 Asa Grey Dr., Ann Arbor
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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