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 collaboration of SMTD and UMS, CD is first-ever recording of epic operatic trilogy, features 120-piece USO, 320-voice choir, 9 vocal soloists.
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 of Dance
As one of the field’s leading research practitioners and pianists, Christian Matijas is an active performer, repetiteur and research scholar in the area of dance music studies, and has presented his work in England, Ireland, Finland, Greece, Taiwan and North America. He has served as musical repetiteur in the staging of dances by Balanchine, Graham, Weidman, Taylor, Dean, and Lubovitch; and has collaborated with director Robert Benedetti on stagings of Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock. A native of Los Angeles, Matijas studied piano under Bernardo Segall (one-time husband and musical collaborator of modern dance pioneer Valerie Bettis), and earned degrees in harpsichord and early music performance, studying under James Tyler and Malcolm Hamilton at the University of Southern California. Before his tenure at Michigan, Matijas was on the faculty of both the music and dance departments at the Interlochen Arts Academy. He has accompanied for directors and artists from many of the world’s leading dance companies that include the New York City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Cullberg Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Miami City Ballet, and many others. He has composed a number of works for dance, including a commissioned score for the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, choreographed by Uri Sands (Existence Without Form, 2006).
“.... Christian is an excellent musician. Am sure George would approve.” —Maria Tallchief
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