The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance educates the artists, scholars, educators and entrepreneurs of the future. Students are prepared with expert skills, instilled with passionate enthusiasm, and emboldened to challenge and inspire the world through the power of the performing arts.
A group of jazz percussion student will spend spring break in Cuba, for a week of study and performance with Cuban musicians and students, as well as an immersive exploration of Cuban culture and history.
SMTD has partnered with the Gershwin family to bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin to students, scholars, performers and audiences across campus and worldwide.
Voice students have the opportunity to participate in master classes with visiting artists each semester. Some recent guests are listed below. Upcoming master classes are listed in the SMTD events calendar.
The incomparable singer and clinician Marilyn Horne. "Marilyn Horne - whose face and song have been the light–in so many places, in so many styles, through so many media, for so many years–may be the most influential singer in American history." —Opera News -January, 2002
Gayletha Nichols, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, joined the artistic staff of the Metropolitan Opera in the fall of 2000. She auditions hundreds of singers across North America every year and in her travels addresses many universities, conservatories, and festivals on developing the next generation of opera singers. She is a frequent adjudicator in national and international competitions and consults for other young artist programs across the country.
University of Michigan graduate David Daniels is known for his superlative artistry, magnetic stage presenc,e and a voice of singular warmth and surpassing beauty, all of which have helped him define his voice category for the modern public. The American countertenor has appeared with the world’s major opera companies and on its main concert and recital stages.
"Would Jesus pull the switch?" Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., is a Roman Catholic nun, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph and a leading American advocate for the abolition of the death penalty. She is the author of the book Dead Man Walking, which became the successful American opera of the same name.
University of Michigan graduate Nicholas Phan, named one of National Public Radio’s Favorite New Artists, continues to distinguish himself as one of the most compelling young tenors appearing on the prestigious concert and opera stages of the world today.
Anne Jennifer Nash is noted as an exceptional light-lyric soprano with an “uncommon beauty of expression and musicianship.” She is Assistant Professor of Voice at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and received her DMA degree from the University of Michigan.
Recognized for her “soaring lyric soprano voice,” Angelique Clay has garnered performances in the United States, Europe and South America, with roles including Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, the title role in Susannah,and Bess in Porgy and Bess. Dr. Clay is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Kentucky.
Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Maryland, Gran Wilson has distinguished himself as an interpreter of thebel canto repertoire with a performing career spanning three decades and four continents. He has sung with companies such as the New York City Opera, Boston Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Australian Opera, among many others. His master classes focus on stagecraft and characterization.
American soprano Elizabeth Futral has established herself as one of the world's leading sopranos. With her stunning vocalism and vast dramatic range, she has sung leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera and beyond, in repertoire that ranges from the Baroque, to world premieres, toThe Sound of Music, and A Little Night Music.
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