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.
GRAMMY winners include soprano Hila Plitmann, composer Michael Daugherty, and saxophonist Timothy McAllister, who said students performed at "highest professional leve."
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.
Associate Professor Emerita of Campanology
Margo Halsted, M.A., Music and Education, former University Carillonist and Associate Professor of Campanology, had been at U-M since 1987. During her tenure at U-M, she performed regularly on the two University carillons, the Charles Baird Carillon in Burton Memorial Tower (55 English bells, bourdon of 12 tons, dating from 1936 and 1975) and the Lurie Carillon in the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Tower (60 Dutch bells, bourdon of 6 tons, dating from 1996). Ms. Halsted has baan active as a recitalist, teacher, speaker, jurist, musicologist, and consultant, and has performed in all countries with an active carillon tradition. She has been a featured recitalist or speaker for five World Carillon Federation meetings. The U-M has the only carillon master’s degree program in the United States, and 27 of Halsted’s students have passed the examination to become full members of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. Particularly interested in historic carillon music, Ms. Halsted has published articles and a book on 18th- and 19th-century carillon manuscripts from Belgium. In addition to her degrees from Stanford University and the University of California, Riverside, she holds a diploma from the Netherlands Carillon School. She was presented with the University of California, Berkeley medal for her contributions to the carillon art.
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