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 competitions took place during the first week of January at Hill Auditorium. Each of the winners will perform their competition piece with one of the School's orchestras in an upcoming SMTD concert at Hill.
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.
U-M Faculty Director: Professor Joan Holland
July 16 - 29, 2017
Application now open!
Focused on individual instruction for high school harpists, the Harp Institute will provide an intensive two weeks designed to enhance the technical and musical skills of the dedicated young harpist. Performance study, including individual practice, private lessons, studio classes, and daily harp ensemble will be integrated with instruction in performance concentration, productive practice techniques and the opportunity to prepare for college auditions. Class offerings include:
The application consists of three parts. (Applications are not complete until the application fee has been received.)
Upload a single video file that includes two solo pieces of contrasting style and one etude, such as those by Pozzoli, Salzedo, Grandjany or Bochsa. Each selection need not exceed five minutes, but should represent your highest level of accomplishment, and demonstrate both technical and musical skills.
(Optional) You may have one of your current music teachers (school teacher or private teacher) assess your work in a letter of recommendation. In addition to your musical abilities, the letter may discuss your personal characteristics such as initiative, dependability, and your commitment to increasing your musical skills. To invite a recommender, submit your recommender's email address, when prompted, on the audition upload link. Once you submit your audition (by selecting Final Submit), the recommender will receive a notification and link to use for sending your confidential recommendation. E-mailed submissions will not be accepted.
Priority deadline for all application/audition materials is February 10, 2017. Admission notifications for priority applicants will be e-mailed on March 27, 2017.
Late applications may be accepted while space is available, however priority will be given to applications received by the priority deadline. Admission and notification after the priority deadline will be on a rolling basis.
Decisions will not be given by phone.
Please visit the Tuition, Fees and Scholarships page for more information.
Please visit our Media Gallery for audio from the 2013 Harp Institute.
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