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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)

David Daniels (beginning Fall 2015, pending Regental approval)

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

Photo by Robert Recker licensed to Virgin Classics
David Daniels Joins University of Michigan Faculty

U-M alumus and American countertenor David Daniels joins the celebrated voice faculty at SMTD beginning Fall 2015. more

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U-M selects Sphinx’s founder as new dean of School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Aaron Dworkin, recognized internationally for his leadership and advocacy of diversity in the performing arts, will serve as dean of the SMTD beginning July 20, 2015.  more

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Tim McAllister
Prof. Tim McAllister Stars on GRAMMY-Winning Album

John Adams's "City Noir" wins Best Orchestral Recording for St. Louis Symphony, with McAllister as sax soloist on title work and Saxophone Concerto more

The Evita Quartet
Students Perform at Kennedy Center

For the eleventh consecutive year, SMTD music students will perform as part of the Kennedy Center's Conservatory Project, with live streaming of the concert.  more

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Recording of L'Orestie d'Eschyle Receives Grammy Nomination

The Naxos recording of Milhaud's Oresteia of Aeschylus, featuring the USO, SMTD choirs, and the UMS Choral Union, has been nominated for a GRAMMY® Award in the category of Best Opera Recording.  more

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Sister Helen Prejean on Campus for "Dead Man Walking"

Anti-death penalty advocate Sister Helen Prejean will present a lecture at 3 pm on Nov. 13 and lead a discussion following a student performance of "Dead Man Walking," the opera based on her book.    more

 

events

SMTD logo for eventMasters Recital: Angela Nieman, soprano

Saturday, April 25 - 8:00pm
Off-Campus Location, Kerrytown Concert House - 415 N 4th Ave, Ann Arbor
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventVOICELIT 388: Art Song Class Recital

Wednesday, April 29 - 7:00pm
Stearns Building, Cady Room
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventFrances B. Furlong Scholarship Recital: Marina Renée Hogue, soprano

Sunday, May 17 - 2:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
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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