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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

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U-M Chamber Choir to Tour Australia and New Zealand

The U-M Chamber Choir will embark on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand beginning July 4, and perform a "bon voyage" concert in Detroit on June 30. more

SMTD logo for newsCommencement Award Winners Announced

Winners of the 2014 senior class commencement awards will be honored and presented with their awards at the commencement ceremonies on May 2. more

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Free Concert Celebrates "World Voice Day"

The Department of Voice will present a free concert on Wednesday, April 16 as part of "World Voice Day," a global celebration to increase awareness of voice science, pedagogy, and the vocal arts.  more

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Colemans to be honored at Michigan premiere of Professor Emeritus Bolcom's opera

President Coleman, U-M/Detroit cultural ties and the decades-long artistic partnership between MOT and SMTD will be celebrated at gala opening of A View From the Bridge. more

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Celebration of Professor George Shirley's 80th Birthday

The teaching and legacy of Professor Emeritus George Shirley will be celebrated on April 11 at 7:30 pm at Stamps Auditorium. more

Leon Fleisher (photo by Chris Hartlove)
Spring Brings Celebrated Guest Artists to SMTD

Musical artists from across the country and around the world will perform free recitals and/or teach SMTD master classes in coming weeks. more

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Met Opera Star Thomas Hampson to Lead Master Class

Taking a break from his starring role in Alban Berg's Wozzeck at the Met, baritone Thomas Hampson will visit Ann Arbor on Friday, March 14 to lead a master class on American art song. more

 

events

image for Faculty Recital: Stanford Olsen, tenor and Matthew Thompson, pianoFaculty Recital: Stanford Olsen, tenor and Matthew Thompson, piano

Saturday, September 6 - 8:00pm
Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for Faculty/Guest Recital: Carmen Pelton, soprano and John Greer, pianistFaculty/Guest Recital: Carmen Pelton, soprano and John Greer, pianist

Friday, September 12 - 8:00pm
Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventVoice Department Recital: SMTD’s Got Talent

Monday, September 15 - 6:45pm
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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