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Department of Voice


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.





Stephen West (Chair)

Kay Castaldo (opera)

Timothy Cheek (diction)

David Daniels (beginning Fall 2015)

Caroline Helton

Freda Herseth

Martin Katz (voice literature)

Kathleen Kelly (opera)

Stephen Lusmann



Associated Faculty

Kristin Eder

Matthew Thompson

Nadine Washington

Stanford Olsen

Carmen Pelton

Scott Piper

Melody Lynn Racine (Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs)

George I. Shirley (Emeritus)

Robert Swedberg (opera)

Daniel Washington







SMTD logo for newsSMTD Receives Quick Win/Discovery Grant for Cultural Entrepreneurship Project

University grant will support program to help performing arts students develop entrepreneurial skills in the transformed cultural landscape of the 21st century. more

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

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


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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