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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

Stanford Olsen (Chair)

Timothy Cheek (diction)

David Daniels

Caroline Helton

Freda Herseth

Martin Katz (voice literature)

Kathleen Kelly (opera)

Stephen Lusmann

 

 

Associated Faculty

Kristin Eder

Matthew Thompson

Carmen Pelton

Scott Piper

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

George I. Shirley (Emeritus)

Robert Swedberg (opera)

Daniel Washington

Stephen West

 

 

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

Concerto Competition winner Stuart Carlson performing at last year's Collage Concert
2017 Concerto Competition Winners Announced

The competitions took place during the first week of January at Hill Auditorium. Each of the winners will perform their competition piece with one of the School's orchestras in an upcoming SMTD concert at Hill. more

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2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition: Accepting Applications

M-Prize, offering an unprecedented grand prize of $100,000, is now accepting applications, with a deadline of February, 1, 2017. more

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SMTD Welcomes New Faculty for the 2016-17 Academic Year

The 2016-17 academic year brings a celebrated group of artists and pedagogues to the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance as the School's newest faculty members.   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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Workshop for Dream of the Red Chamber (VIDEO)

Last winter, voice students performed a workshop production of Dream of the Red Chamber by Professor Bright Sheng, which debuts at the San Francisco Opera on Sept. 10.     more

 

events

image for Don Chisholm Jazz Vocal Masterclass: Sunny WilkinsonDon Chisholm Jazz Vocal Masterclass: Sunny Wilkinson

Jan. 22, Feb. 19, Mar. 19, Apr. 2
Stearns Building, Cady Room
Free - no tickets required
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image for Faculty Recital: Stephen West, bass-baritone and Kathryn Goodson, piano Faculty Recital: Stephen West, bass-baritone and Kathryn Goodson, piano

Sunday, January 22 - 7:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
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image for Department of Voice RecitalDepartment of Voice Recital

Jan. 23, Feb. 20, Mar. 13, Apr. 3
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
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SMTD logo for eventMasters Recital: Josh Lovell, tenor

Tuesday, January 24 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
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SMTD logo for eventSecond Dissertation Recital: Jonathan Z. Harris, Bass- Baritone

Wednesday, January 25 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
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SMTD logo for eventFaculty Recital: Stanford Olsen, tenor and Kathleen Kelly, piano

Saturday, January 28 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventSMTD Presidential Bicentennial Colloquia (SOLD OUT/WAITLIST AVAILABLE)

Monday, January 30 - 5:30pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - registration required
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image for En Español: Sounds of the Hispanosphere Guest Master Class: Alejandro RocaEn Español: Sounds of the Hispanosphere Guest Master Class: Alejandro Roca

Wednesday, February 1 - 5:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
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SMTD logo for eventFaculty Showcase

Feb. 2, Feb. 9
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventEn Español: Sounds of the Hispanosphere Recital: Amy Petrongelli/Martha Guth

Friday, February 3 - 8:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
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SMTD logo for eventOrpheus Singers

Thursday, February 9 - 8:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
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SMTD logo for eventFaculty Recital: Kathleen Kelly, pianist

Saturday, February 11 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
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SMTD logo for eventChamber Choir and Percussion Ensemble

Wednesday, February 15 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
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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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