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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 Director for Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs)

George I. Shirley (Emeritus)

Robert Swedberg (opera)

Daniel Washington

Stephen West

 

 

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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

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

JFK, composed by David T. Little; Les Feluettes (Lilles), composed by Kevin March
A Tale of Two Operas

As a composer, there are few achievements more prestigious than having a grand opera commissioned and performed by a celebrated company. Yet in the short span of four weeks this spring, two School of Music, Theatre & Dance alums-who earned degrees the same year-have seen this dream realized.     more

 

events

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

Oct. 2, Oct. 23, Dec. 11
Stearns Building, Cady Room
Free - no tickets required
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image for Men’s Glee Club presents The Young Turks on FUSIONMen’s Glee Club presents The Young Turks on FUSION

Monday, October 3 - 7:00pm
Michigan Union, Rogel Ballroom
Free - no tickets required
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image for Department of Voice Student RecitalDepartment of Voice Student Recital

Sep. 19, Oct. 10, Nov. 7, Dec. 5
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for The Drowsy ChaperoneThe Drowsy Chaperone

October 13 - 23
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Reserved seating $28/$22/$12 with student ID
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SMTD logo for eventOrpheus Singers

Thursday, October 20 - 8:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for SMTD@UMMA: Chamber ChoirSMTD@UMMA: Chamber Choir

Sunday, October 23 - 7:00pm
Museum of Art
Free - no tickets required
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image for Movie Screening: Love, Life & LossMovie Screening: Love, Life & Loss

Monday, October 24 - 7:00pm
Off-Campus Location, Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Free - Advanced registration is suggested
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SMTD logo for eventUniversity Choir

Tuesday, October 25 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for Faculty Recital: Caroline Helton, soprano with SMTD facultyFaculty Recital: Caroline Helton, soprano with SMTD faculty

Wednesday, October 26 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for Guest Recital: Dr. Marcía Porter, soprano and Dr. Timothy Hoekman, pianoGuest Recital: Dr. Marcía Porter, soprano and Dr. Timothy Hoekman, piano

Saturday, October 29 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
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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