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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 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)

 

 

 

 

 

news

image for MMB to Perform Half-Time Extravaganza for National Anthem Bicentennial
MMB to Perform Half-Time Extravaganza for National Anthem Bicentennial

The Michigan Marching Band and SMTD guest artists will present the biggest single, live birthday bash event in the nation for the National Anthem's 200th anniversary. more

image for Naxos releases CD of Milhaud's "Oresteia of Aeschylus" performed by U-M student ensembles & UMS Choral Union
Naxos releases CD of Milhaud's "Oresteia of Aeschylus" performed by U-M student ensembles & UMS Choral Union

A collaboration of SMTD and UMS, CD is first-ever recording of epic operatic trilogy, features 120-piece USO, 320-voice choir, 9 vocal soloists. more

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U-M Chamber Choir to Tour Australia and New Zealand

The U-M Chamber Choir will embark on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand beginning July 4, and perform a "bon voyage" concert in Detroit on June 30. more

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

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

 

events

image for Faculty Recital: Stanford Olsen, tenor and Matthew Thompson, piano, RESCHEDULED FROM 9/6Faculty Recital: Stanford Olsen, tenor and Matthew Thompson, piano, RESCHEDULED FROM 9/6

Saturday, September 27 - 5:30pm
Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for A Grand Night for SingingA Grand Night for Singing

Sunday, September 28 - 4:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Reserved seating $18/$12/$8/$5 with student ID
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image for “Expect Respect: Flip the Script” Lecture: Dr. Christopher Kilmartin“Expect Respect: Flip the Script” Lecture: Dr. Christopher Kilmartin

Oct. 1-2
Rackham, Amphitheatre
Free - no tickets required
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image for Jessye Norman Master Class Series: Marilyn Horne, mezzo-sopranoJessye Norman Master Class Series: Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano

Friday, October 3 - 5:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventFaculty Recital: Stephen Shipps, violin, Freda Herseth, mezzo, and Timothy Cheek, piano

Saturday, October 4 - 8:00pm
Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for Faculty Master Class: Martha Sheil, sopranoFaculty Master Class: Martha Sheil, soprano

Sunday, October 5 - 11:30am
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for Guest Lecture/Recital: The Mozart-Da Ponte Trilogy of MasterpiecesGuest Lecture/Recital: The Mozart-Da Ponte Trilogy of Masterpieces

Sunday, October 5 - 5:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventVoice Department Recital

Monday, October 6 - 6:45pm
Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required

SMTD logo for eventChamber Choir

Friday, October 17 - 8:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for Don Chisholm Jazz Voice Masterclass Series: Sunny WilkinsonDon Chisholm Jazz Voice Masterclass Series: Sunny Wilkinson

Sunday, October 19 - 3:00pm
Stearns Building, Cady Room
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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