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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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news

image for Eugene Rogers will succeed Jerry Blackstone as Director of Choral Activities in July 2018
Eugene Rogers will succeed Jerry Blackstone as Director of Choral Activities in July 2018

Rogers, a two-time alumnus of SMTD, will assume his new role following Blackstone's retirement next spring.  more

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Professor West's Italian sabbatical research project on Verdi culminates in lecture/recital

West's extensive research in Italy led to a lecture/recital in January: "Giuseppe Verdi: The Master's 'not-so-well-known' Greatest Hits for the Bass Voice".  more

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Dean Dworkin's statement on proposed elimination of NEA and NEH

In a letter to all SMTD constituents, Aaron Dworkin lays out the importance of the NEA and NEH to our nation and to the future success of our students.  more

Tarik O'Regan  (photo by Peter Greig)
Chamber Choir and Percussion Ensemble perform world premiere of "Mass Observation"

The new work by internationally renowned composer Tarik O'Regan explores themes of surveillance and privacy. Free concert takes place at Hill Auditorium on Feb. 15 at 8 pm.  more

César Cañón, student founder of En Español: Sounds from the Hispanosphere,
Hispanic music festival to take place at University of Michigan

A student-run, week-long music festival will celebrate the music and musicians who blend Western classical traditions with those from Hispanic-Latino culture, Jan. 29--Feb. 4. more

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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

 

events

SMTD logo for eventSenior Recital: Elizabeth Grugin, soprano

Saturday, May 27 - 7:00pm
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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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower

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