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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)

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 Recording of L'Orestie d'Eschyle Receives Grammy Nomination
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

Sister Helen Prejean (photo by  Scott Langley)
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

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George Gershwin at piano that was donated to SMTD. (Photo courtesy of the Ira Gershwin Archive)
U-M Unveils Historic Gershwin Piano at Free Public Concert

A fully restored 1933 Model A Steinway piano, previously belonging to George Gershwin, will be unveiled at a free public concert in Hill Auditorium on Friday, October 10 at 8:30 p.m. more

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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

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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

 

events

image for Collage ConcertCollage Concert

Saturday, January 17 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Reserved seating $28/$22/$10 with student ID
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SMTD logo for eventMartin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration Concert

Monday, January 19 - 2:00pm
Power Center for the Perfoming Arts
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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Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

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