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Michael Haithcock conducts the Symphony Band

October 23 marked the 58th Band-O-Rama, an annual brass, wind, and percussion extravaganza – featuring the University of Michigan Symphony Band and Concert Band as well as the Michigan Marching Band – to celebrate and showcase the band program. This year’s Band-O-Rama took place in the midst of a milestone year for the band program: its quasquicentennial, also known as its 125th anniversary. Learn more.

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Nick Daly and Micheal McElroy seated in joyful conversation

Enjoy stories and performances from Scholarship Showcase, an annual event celebrating SMTD students and the supporters who have such significant impact on their experiences. Watch now

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James Kibbie with the Hill Auditorium organ

James Kibbie retiring University Organist and chair of the Department of Organ will be presenting the entirety of J.S. Bach's works for organ - 218 compositions - in an 18 concert series taking place over the 2022-2023 academic year. Learn more

Become the Artist You’re Meant to Be

Choosing where you will study performing arts has never been more important. Learning to master your craft with internationally renowned artists and scholars who are not only at the top of their field, but are also great teachers, is a top priority

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Performers in the interactive Ancestral Haiku performance
Deepening a years-long partnership, SMTD has committed two years of operational funding to the U-M Center for World Performance Studies (CWPS) to support the expansion of the center’s programming. In addition to SMTD’s funding, the U-M Arts Initiative has also committed new funding to support the center.  The center’s primary activities fall into four overarching...

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NAfME President Scott R. Sheehan (left) and Carlos R. Abril, chair of the NAfME Society for Research in Music Education, present McCarthy with the Senior Researcher Award.
On October 27, 2022, the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) announced that Marie McCarthy, professor of music education at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, is the recipient of the 2022 Senior Researcher Award. This award from the NAfME Society for Research in Music Education (SRME) is the organization’s highest honor, recognizing notable...

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Eugene Rogers and Michael Gould, 2023 Teaching Award Recipients
The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance recently named Michael Gould and Eugene Rogers as the recipients of 2023 SMTD teaching awards. The nominations were endorsed by the SMTD Awards Committee and the Executive Committee. Congratulations to Professors Gould and Rogers! Gould has been named the recipient of the 2023 Harold Haugh...

Forge Your Career

SMTD is revolutionizing the way performing arts students prepare for their careers.  We boast one of the nation’s most robust career planning and entrepreneurship programs for the performing arts—EXCEL (Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Career Empowerment & Leadership)—which includes generous funding for student ventures. We also offer a rich variety of Community Engagement programs across multiple disciplines, providing students with hands-on work experience. SMTD is empowering students to embrace a brave new world of career possibilities, and to live a fulfilling and creative life, made possible by an exceptional education.