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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

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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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

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

image for MMB to Perform Half-Time Extravaganza for National Anthem Bicentennial
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

 

events

SMTD logo for eventMasters Recital: Francisco Bedoy, tenor

Friday, March 13 - 5:30pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventMichigan Chamber Players

Sunday, March 15 - 7:00pm
Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.), Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventVoice Department Recital

Monday, March 16 - 6:45pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventMichigan Youth Chamber Singers and Jazz Improvisation Ensemble

Sunday, March 22 - 4:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventJulius Caesar in Egypt

March 26 - 29
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Reserved seating $28/$22/$10 with student ID
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SMTD logo for eventSacred Harp Singing

Friday, March 27 - 7:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Room 2058
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventU-M Sacred Harp Singing

Saturday, March 28 - 10:00am
Earl V. Moore Building, Rehearsal Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventUniversity Choir

Tuesday, March 31 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventArts Chorale

Thursday, April 2 - 8:00pm
Hill 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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