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.
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.
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.
Professor Emerita of Performing Arts Technology
Mary Simoni, Associate Dean for Research & Community Engagement, has done post-doctoral studies at the Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, the City University of New York Center for Computer Music, and the Mills College Electronic Music Studios. She has taught at the Berklee College of Music, Stanford University, Michigan State University, and Lansing Community College.
Her music and multimedia works have been performed in Asia, Europe, and widely throughout the United States and have been recorded by Centaur Records, the Leonardo Music Journal published by the MIT Press, and the International Computer Music Association. She is a recipient of the Computer World Honors Award for her work in digital music information retrieval.
Professor Simoni has appeared as a pianist, using live electronics at the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States and the International Computer Music Association of which she is a past president. She has authored books, A Gentle Introduction to Algorithmic Composition, published by the University of Michigan, and Analytical Methods of Electroacoustic Music, published by Routledge. The Knight Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs have funded her research.
Professor Simoni directs Internet publication and the University 's record label, Block M Records, whose goal is to promote the vitality, multiplicity, and excellence of the University of Michigan through web-based publication of media-rich scholarly and creative research.
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