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The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance encourages the total college experience.

The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance encourages the total college experience. Artistry and scholarship meet as students receive not only individualized mentorship from a world-class faculty but also full access to the limitless range of academic possibilities found only in a world-renowned research university.

What makes the School unique is our comprehensiveness: we strive to maintain a balanced emphasis on both performance and scholarship while presenting students with the training necessary to excel within their chosen field.

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“In my role as dean, I strive to keep the arts central to the University as a whole. The arts are here for more than entertainment; they are here as part of the same fabric that interweaves science, engineering, medicine, law, public policy and business. The arts are here to provide perspective, create depth of understanding, and teach the creative process that increasingly drives the global economy and is intrinsic to our very humanity.”

the global economy and is intrinsic to our very humanity.” Christopher Kendall, Dean and Paul Boylan

Christopher Kendall, Dean and Paul Boylan Collegiate Professor of Music, Theatre & Dance

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In May 2011, the Symphony Band will set out on a tour of China “…to experience another culture firsthand, create lasting bonds with the people they will meet, and demonstrate internationally the talent and caliber of University of Michigan students and this remarkable ensemble.”

Christopher Kendall, Dean and Paul Boylan Collegiate Professor of Music, Theatre & Dance

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Table of Contents

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Degree Programs

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Application Procedures

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Résumé & Repertoire List

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Auditions & Interviews

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Scholarships & Financial Aid

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Performing Arts Facilities

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Fast Facts

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Composition

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Dance

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Jazz & Improvisation

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Music Education

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Music Theory

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Musical Theatre

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Musicology

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Organ

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Performing Arts Technology

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Piano

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Strings

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Theatre & Drama

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Voice

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Winds & Percussion

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Contact Information

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Degree Programs

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance offers the following undergraduate degree programs:

Bachelor Of Music Composition Music and Technology Music Education (Choral and Instrumental) Music Theory Musicology Performance Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Double Bass, Euphonium, Flute, Harp, Horn, Oboe, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin, Voice Performance with Teacher Certification Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Double Bass, Euphonium, Flute, Harp, Horn, Oboe, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin, Voice Performance: Wind Instruments Major

Bachelor Of Fine Arts Dance Interarts Performance (with Art & Design) Jazz and Contemplative Studies Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Jazz Studies Jazz Studies with Teacher Certification Musical Theatre Performing Arts Technology Theatre Design and Production Theatre Performance (Acting and Directing)

Bachelor Of Science Sound Engineering

Interdisciplinary Degree Programs Available

Bachelor Of Musical Arts with a concentration in Composition, Jazz and Improvisational Studies, Musicology, Music Theory, or Performance

Bachelor Of Theatre Arts

in Composition, Jazz and Improvisational Studies, Musicology, Music Theory, or Performance Bachelor Of Theatre Arts

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The Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music (BM) degree is the most traditional degree offered by the School of Music, coursework of a BM is in music, while the balance is completed in other areas, most typically in liberal arts courses within the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Apply for the Bachelor of Music if you are interested in studying Composition, Music Education, Music Theory, Musicology, Performance, or Performing Arts Technology (Curriculum A only).

Undergraduate Core Curriculum Every undergraduate student enrolled in either a Bachelor of Music (BM) or Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA) degree will take a curriculum that is designed to provide a comprehensive foundation in basic musicianship skills. Typically, the coursework for the first two years in these degree programs is focused on completing this Core Curriculum, although some examinations, while others may be taken out of

by examination.

from the University Orchestras, University Bands, University Choirs, or Jazz Ensembles.

structure of primarily tonal music through ear-training and sight-singing, written work in construction and composition, and musical analysis.

American music history, as well as the sounds and concepts of many world music traditions.

elective course at the junior or senior level.

(Argumentative Writing) or an upper level Sweetland Writing Center-approved junior/senior course.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees are intended for those students who want professional performance training in Dance, Jazz and Contemplative Studies, Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation, Jazz Studies, Musical Theatre, Performing Arts Technology or Theatre (Acting, Directing, Interarts Performance, and Design and Production). If you are interested in training primarily as a performer, whether on stage or behind the scenes, you should choose the BFA.

The Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is only available in Sound Engineering, and is intended for those students who seek rigorous professional training in acoustics, the physics of sound, sound engineering, computer science, and sound recording. Because of the academic rigor of this program, there are higher academic expectations for applicants than in other music programs.

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The Bachelor of Musical Arts and Bachelor of Theatre Arts

The Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA) and Bachelor

of Theatre Arts (BTA) degrees are interdisciplinary

degrees. The overall balance of coursework in these

curricula is evenly divided between music or theatre studies and academic coursework. While these degrees include some level of professional training, they are intended to allow a student wider exposure

to the liberal arts within the scope of a traditional

four-year program. As such, they tend to be most appropriately selected by those students who intend to pursue studies in music or theatre with an academic emphasis, or who wish to consider career paths other than performance upon graduation.

The Bachelor of Musical Arts degree allows students the flexibility to develop secondary (cognate) fields of interest through the design of a large part of their programs within stated guidelines and through consultation with a faculty adviser. Applicants are asked to explain their educational and professional goals in the application.

Dual Degree Programs A variety of degree programs are available at the University of Michigan
Dual Degree Programs
A variety of degree programs are available at the
University of Michigan that allow students to increase
the academic options available to them. The most
common way to do this is either by enrolling in the
Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA) degree or by choosing
to pursue a dual-degree program with another school
or college within the University.
These programs are intended for students who
seek the technical or academic studies associated
with the College of Engineering, the Ross School of
Business, or the College of Literature, Science, and
the Arts in combination with the professional training
in performance-based or academic music studies
training in performance-based or academic music studies JONESIN’ associated with the School of Music, Theatre

JONESIN’

in performance-based or academic music studies JONESIN’ associated with the School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

associated with the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Students interested in these degree programs seek concurrent admission to both colleges, and, if successful, their programs of study lead to bachelor’s degrees from both units. It is usually possible for

and, if successful, their programs of study lead to bachelor’s degrees from both units. It is
and, if successful, their programs of study lead to bachelor’s degrees from both units. It is

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Application Procedures

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance is a highly selective professional school for the performing arts encompassing programs in music, dance, theatre, and musical theatre. An undergraduate applying for admission should complete the Common Application, found at www.commonapp.org. There is no separate application for music, dance, theatre or musical theatre applicants.

Application materials and supporting documents Admissions (OUA):

Music, Theatre & Dance Admissions Office (SMTD), which will be uploaded via the Common Application:

recommendation.

Theory Applicants: writing samples (send to SMTD Admissions Office).

Theatre Design & Production Applicants: portfolios (send to SMTD Admissions Office).

More Questions? Read our FAQ! It’s on our website under “prospective students”.

FAQ! It’s on our website under “prospective students”. Timeline extended approximately six weeks after submission

Timeline

extended approximately six weeks after submission of the application, upon favorable review of all application materials.

3. Applicants attend the audition/interview or submit a

applicant of admission decision.

Deadlines & Considerations

We begin accepting applications in late summer. School of Music, Theatre & Dance applicants apply for the Fall semester, with limited openings in Winter semester.

ahead though: each audition/interview date has a “must apply by” date associated with it, and for early auditions, these application deadlines may be earlier than December.

Deadline for Merit Award consideration: Application materials due by December 1, with an audition/

Apply early! Since audition/interview schedules fill in November or later can be difficult to schedule. Once assigned, you will receive an e-mail confirmation of your audition/interview date.

Admission to all undergraduate programs in the audition, portfolio, and/or interview, depending upon considered in the final decision.

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Academic Preparation

Freshmen Applicants

applicants:

grade standard academic subjects).

on an official transcript:

Transfer Applicants

Admission as a transfer student from another accredited college or university is based, in general, on the high school academic preparation listed plus the following:

pursue courses in academic fields that constitute

Academic Four years (or units) of English, plus a from social studies, foreign languages, sciences, mathematics or any combination of these subjects. Two years of foreign language study is recommended.

Performing Arts Credits in music, theatre, and/ or dance demonstrating an ability to succeed in the professional curriculum.

better including writing.

Performing Arts Preparation

Admission to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance is highly selective. Most students who receive an offer of admission have an extensive background in their intended areas of study. While not all applicants will have had access to the same amount and/or successful applicants have taken full advantage of the opportunities available to them. These can include major youth orchestras, bands and/or choirs; national arts competitions; state solo and ensemble competitions; community and professional theatre or dance companies. Many successful applicants have also received local, state, regional, or national awards.

also received local, state, regional, or national awards. (The Bachelor of Science in Sound Engineering The

(The Bachelor of Science in Sound Engineering

The background of admitted students varies, so don’t who does not have access to these activities to be competitive for admission based on the audition and related admission material. The only way to know for sure is to apply!

scores and the SAT I writing test, along with records detailing material studied.

University of Michigan to which they apply.

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“We’re preparing students to live in an ever-changing landscape. We’re trying to find ways to make them prepared and steeped in the past, but also aware of and available to the future. The School is a great environment for that. All the resources are right here. That’s the beauty of the place.” Michael Haithcock, Director,

University Bands and Professor of Conducting

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Résumé & Repertoire List
Résumé & Repertoire List

A professional résumé is a great way to tell us a lot about your background. Include the following items so we get a full and accurate picture of your previous training and experience. Upload your résumé with your online application.

Résumé

University of Michigan ID number (if known), and the program(s) to which you are applying.

athletics, or leadership within your school or community.

have participated.

in school.

Arts Specific Information

1. Applicants to Music programs (i.e., composition, jazz, music education, musicology, performance, performing arts technology, and theory) should include the following:

private teachers. Include the dates you studied with them, and their phone numbers, if known.

perform, and the dates of your participation. This can include school ensembles, youth organizations, and ad hoc ensembles you have formed yourself.

participated and all related awards or recognition you have received while in high school. This can include school, local, state, and national level awards.

officer or manager, teaching, theatre or dance experience, or participation in community service arts programs that you feel completes the picture of you as a musician.

2. Applicants to Performing Arts Technology

degrees should also include the following:

courses taken.

skills, and any experience in sound recording.

3. Applicants to Musical Theatre should also include the following:

company for which you performed. Include both musical and straight theatre, film or television experience, and other related theatre activities. Include all school, community, and professional theatre experience.

Include particular years of classes and styles of dance studied, years of training in voice and/or other instruments, and acting classes or workshops. Include the names of teachers with whom you have worked and the dates you studied with them.

production work, teaching, or community service theatre that you feel completes the picture of you as a theatrical person.

4. Applicants to any Theatre degree should list

the following:

which you performed, including school, community, and professional theatre experience.

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directing. For students interested in performance, this can be a simple list of activities. Students interested in directing or design and production should include a comprehensive list of these activities.

can include both straight and musical theatre, film or television experience, and related theatre activities. Include any acting classes or workshops you have attended, particular styles of dance studied, and/or years of training in voice or other instruments if any. Include also the names of teachers and the dates you studied with them.

production work, teaching, or community service theatre that you feel completes the picture of you
production work, teaching, or community service
theatre that you feel completes the picture of you
as a theatrical person.
5. Applicants to Dance should list the following:
years of study in particular styles, teachers or
studios, and any intensive summer workshops
or institutes.
community, or professional dance organizations.
on your dancing including school, local, state, and
national level awards.
musical and straight theatre, participation in music
organizations (bands, choirs, or orchestras), and
any formal training in voice or other instruments.

teaching, gymnastics, or community service arts programs that you feel completes the picture of you as a dancer.

Comprehensive Repertoire List

list of repertoire studied on their principal instrument/ voice. This is optional for those applying to the BFA and BS programs in Performing Arts Technology. Applicants in Dance and Theatre are exempt.

This list is different from the list of repertoire you will bring to perform at the audition. Include the following information on your repertoire list:

instrument/voice. You may also include any major works you have studied on a secondary instrument.

music studied, including both classical and musical theatre repertoire.

featured solos. Do not list all large ensemble works.

memory with “M” following the title, and “P” if you performed the piece in public.

and college (when applicable), although you may include earlier works if they represent significant milestones in your artistic development.

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“What I’m looking for in an audition is someone who takes chances in making music,
“What I’m looking for in an audition is
someone who takes chances in making
music, rather than someone who comes
in and plays all the notes very safely.”
Adam Unsworth, Associate Professor of Horn

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Auditions & Interviews

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15 Auditions & Interviews Music, Theatre & Dance must demonstrate, by an in-person or recorded audition,

Music, Theatre & Dance must demonstrate, by an in-person or recorded audition, portfolio, and/ or interview, sufficient ability and skill to successfully pursue one of the curricula of the School. Your private teacher knows the depth of your artistic ability and your technical facility. It is best to discuss appropriate audition repertoire that meets who know you best.

and scheduled only after approval of your application by School of Music, Theatre & Dance Admissions Office personnel. All components of the application must be received before approval can be granted.

confirm the scheduled audition/interview date. Do not make travel arrangements until you have received confirmation by email of your audition/interview date.

department unless a substitution has been approved in advance.

in Ann Arbor, especially for merit-based scholarship

consideration. If this is not possible, regional auditions, recorded auditions, and phone interviews are alternate methods of completing the audition/ interview process.

offered admission after each audition day. Although

a late March audition date is published for some

programs and instruments, typically few openings

remain in those programs.

Applicants who wish to be considered for School of Music, Theatre & Dance merit awards must audition by March 11, 2011.

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Scholarships & Financial Aid

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17 Scholarships & Financial Aid The School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the University of

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the University of Michigan are committed to educating talented performing artists and scholars. We strive to make it possible for all admitted students to attend the school, regardless of their individual or family’s financial situation.

We believe that students should choose a school that offers the best educational fit in the combination of faculty, curriculum, student peers, and environment for their individual goals. We recommend that you develop a ranked evaluation of college options purely on educational merits, then weigh in financial considerations. Try to avoid choosing a school based solely on the amount of money offered. Rather, attend the school that will best enable you to achieve your long-term educational goals.

Consideration for financial assistance begins after a student has submitted the applications for admission and financial aid, completed the audition/interview process, and has been accepted.

Michigan’s admission policies and decisions are independent of financial aid decisions. Applying for financial aid will have no impact on your application for admission.

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School Scholarships (Merit-Based, Need-Informed)

School scholarships are “merit-based, need- informed.” This means that while encouraging and rewarding artistic and academic excellence is our top priority, we also consider the extent of the student’s access to additional financial resources.

University Awards, Work-Study and Loans (Need-Based, Merit-Informed)

Financial aid administered and awarded by the University’s Office of Financial Aid includes grant funds, college work-study, a variety of loan programs, as well as some scholarships.

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance commits over three million dollars annually in scholarships for undergraduates. You will be considered for School scholarships if you submit all the application for admission materials by the deadline for your program submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS Profile, complete the audition/interview no later than March

It is a fundamental principle in college financial aid that every student and his or her family should contribute to their education as they are able.

Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid PROFILE. Be which you want your information sent.

complete the FAFSA.

before the end of February, in order to have the

and availability of federal, institutional, and School financial aid.

Scholarship decisions are based on a combination of the student’s artistic and academic merits in combination with the financial need of the student Currently, we are unable to award scholarships to all who apply, yet we make every effort to assist as many students as possible to attend the School.

The Department of Theatre and Drama and the Department of Dance administer their scholarship programs separately. Scholarships for the Department of Musical Theatre and all the music departments of the School are administered by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Betty Anne Younker. Award notices will be mailed in early April.

Anne Younker. Award notices will be mailed in early April. We also recognize that the information

We also recognize that the information provided on the FAFSA does not always tell the whole story. We encourage families to provide us with whatever supplemental information they feel is important to give us a clearer picture of their financial circumstances.

The Office of Financial Aid www.finaid.umich.edu provides additional details on the process, costs, award types, and notification on their web site. We encourage you to read the information and gain as much insight as you can.

types, and notification on their web site. We encourage you to read the information and gain

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Theatre

Earl V. Moore Building

Power Center for the Performing Arts
Power Center for the
Performing Arts

Walgreen Drama Center

Performing Arts Facilities

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance is located in a park-like setting on the University’s North Campus. The distinguished Earl V. Moore Building, designed by the renowned Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, contains two rehearsal/concert halls, forty-five performance teaching studios, eighteen classrooms, forty offices, one hundred twenty practice rooms, a computer lab with forty stations, and other special facilities for piano, harp, organ, harpsichord, fortepiano and percussion practice. The School of Music, Theatre & Dance is also home to one of the foremost music libraries in the United States.

The University of Michigan maintains state-of-the-art computing resources for all students, and the School of Music, Theatre & Dance provides rich opportunities for applications of technology in the performing arts. Facilities for music composition, recording and production include the Music Listening Lab, the Music Technology Lab, the Surround Lab, the VRoom, the Electronic Music Studios and a state-of-the-art Audio Studio.

The Margaret Dow Towsley Center contains the Blanche Anderson Moore Hall, an organ recital hall with a magnificent tracker-action organ modeled on the organs of Silberman; the McIntosh Theatre, a vocal arts rehearsal and performance space; and the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments.

The Walgreen Drama Center is home to the departments of Musical Theatre and Theatre & Drama. It houses the Arthur Miller Theatre, the Stamps Auditorium, and multiple classrooms and studios for instruction.

The Dance Building, which houses four studios, is attached to the Central Campus Recreation Building, where dancers can use the Olympic-size pool, sauna,

The William D. Revelli Hall, home to the Michigan Marching Band, and the Burton Memorial Tower house offices and classrooms of the School.

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Performance Venues

Hill Auditorium

This renowned, acoustically magnificent, and recently of our large orchestral, choral and band concerts each year. It is also home to many of the concerts presented by the University Musical Society and other University events.

Power Center for the Performing Arts

showcase performance space, with a thrust stage of flexible shape and size and a rehearsal room as large as the stage. It is used primarily by the Dance, Musical Theatre, and Theatre departments and the opera program for large-scale mainstage productions.

Burton Memorial Tower and The Ann and Robert H. Lurie Carillon and Tower

The University of Michigan owns two world-class carillons: the Charles Baird Carillon in Burton Memorial and Robert H. Lurie Carillon and Tower on the North

Lurie Tower

Burton Tower
Burton Tower
Carillon and Tower on the North Lurie Tower Burton Tower Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre School’s opera, theatre,

Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

School’s opera, theatre, dance and musical theatre productions.

Rackham Auditorium

The site for many chamber music and jazz concerts,

Betty Pease Studio Theatre

This dance studio, housed in the Dance Building, is the setting for student-choreographed works, as well as guest master classes and visiting artist performances.

Arthur Miller Theatre

to bear the name of U-M alumnus and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Arthur Miller. The theatre room is a highly flexible courtyard format theatre to showcase both professional and student productions. Designed for proscenium productions and able with forward seating rows removed to expose the orchestra pit, the space is more often set up in a wide thrust stage configuration, which provides seating on three sides and an extraordinarily intimate dimension between actor and audience.

Stamps Auditorium

The Stamps Auditorium is a multi-purpose hall with a solid oak trapezoid stage with an arched downstage. It is used in many ways – for classes, rehearsals, performances, and exhibits. These activities mix together artists, engineers, performers, information scientists, architects, and many others.

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22 major music collections Libraries with extensive collections on campus) graduating students return for

major music collections Libraries with extensive collections on campus)

graduating students return for continuing study

on campus) graduating students return for continuing study BM, BFA, BS Programs: BMA, BTA College of
on campus) graduating students return for continuing study BM, BFA, BS Programs: BMA, BTA College of

BM, BFA, BS

Programs: BMA, BTA

College of Engineering, College of Literature, Science & the Arts, Ross School of Business

Literature, Science & the Arts, Ross School of Business Fast Facts capital, Lansing concerts, recitals, and
Literature, Science & the Arts, Ross School of Business Fast Facts capital, Lansing concerts, recitals, and
Fast Facts
Fast Facts
Science & the Arts, Ross School of Business Fast Facts capital, Lansing concerts, recitals, and staged

capital, Lansing

concerts, recitals, and staged performances

Science & the Arts, Ross School of Business Fast Facts capital, Lansing concerts, recitals, and staged
Science & the Arts, Ross School of Business Fast Facts capital, Lansing concerts, recitals, and staged
Science & the Arts, Ross School of Business Fast Facts capital, Lansing concerts, recitals, and staged
Science & the Arts, Ross School of Business Fast Facts capital, Lansing concerts, recitals, and staged
Distinguished Alumni Jessye Norman, Jack O’Brien, James Earl Jones, Leslie Bassett, Bob James, Crawford, William
Distinguished Alumni Jessye Norman, Jack O’Brien, James Earl Jones, Leslie Bassett, Bob James, Crawford, William
Distinguished Alumni Jessye Norman, Jack O’Brien, James Earl Jones, Leslie Bassett, Bob James, Crawford, William
Distinguished Alumni Jessye Norman, Jack O’Brien, James Earl Jones, Leslie Bassett, Bob James, Crawford, William

Distinguished Alumni Jessye Norman, Jack O’Brien, James Earl Jones, Leslie Bassett, Bob James, Crawford, William Bolcom, David Daniels, Aaron Dworkin, Cynthia Phelps, Christine Dakin, Derek and many more

Cynthia Phelps, Christine Dakin, Derek and many more – residents of high school class of high
Cynthia Phelps, Christine Dakin, Derek and many more – residents of high school class of high

residents

of high school class

of high school class

students

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school class students www.music.umich.edu 2 3 Fraternal and Professional Music Organizations Phi Mu Alpha

Fraternal and Professional Music Organizations Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha lota, American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Audio Engineering Society (AES), American String Teachers Association (ASTA), Music Educators National Conference (MENC), National Society of Teachers of Singing (NSTA), Arts Enterprise

(ASTA), Music Educators National Conference (MENC), National Society of Teachers of Singing (NSTA), Arts Enterprise

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Department of Composition
Department of Composition
A distinguished faculty of internationally known composers provides students with guidance and encouragement in the
A distinguished faculty of internationally known composers
provides students with guidance and encouragement in
the search for the student’s individual voice, without
imposing stylistic regimentation.
Student composers enjoy premiere
performances of their work in the
Composers Forum concert series, through
annual participation in the Midwest
Composer’s Symposium (a forum for
student composers from five schools)
and in concerts by University of Michigan
ensembles. Students also have access
to the incredible resources of the School,
including the Audio Studio and the
Electronic Music Studios.
Faculty, students, and alumni of the
Department of Composition continue to
win an extraordinary number of national
and international awards, receiving
virtually every prize and award available
to American composers.
All of these factors combine to make
the School one of the country’s
most important centers for the training
of young composers.

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“Michigan, for me, was incredible. I worked with everyone… . There are many schools that have great teachers, but few where you can work with them intensively. I was not shy about approaching them, but there was something about Michigan that made me feel that I could.”

Derek Bermel, MM Composition 1993 & DMA Composition 1997

MM Student Bernard Holcomb performing a selection from THE OLD BURYING GROUND, composed by Evan Chambers, Professor of Composition

Degrees offered:

Bachelor of Music in Composition (BM)

For students who wish to become composers and/or to pursue academic careers.

Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA)

Pre-College Preparation An extensive background in piano or another instrument and evidence of creative capacity in composition.

Curriculum The BM is a four-year professional degree. Students take liberal arts courses.

The professional coursework includes intensive studies in composition, theory, musicology, ensembles and private instrumental or vocal lessons.

college-level writing. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

The BMA is also a four-year professional degree, but with a courses.

Advising is done by faculty mentors and School officials to ensure student progress and success.

Composition Faculty

Erik Santos (Chair) Evan Chambers Michael Daugherty Kristin Kuster Paul Schoenfield Bright Sheng (Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor)

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“I came to Michigan…to work with composers like Michael Daugherty, Bill Bolcom, Bright Sheng,…Evan Chambers, Erik Santos, and the many guests who come to campus – Louis Andriessen, John Corigliano, Michael Colgrass, Christopher Rouse – all of the creativity going on…”

Michael Haithcock, Director, University Bands and Professor of Conducting

Rouse – all of the creativity going on…” Michael Haithcock, Director, University Bands and Professor of
Rouse – all of the creativity going on…” Michael Haithcock, Director, University Bands and Professor of

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All composition applicants must perform an audition on their principal instrument or voice (guidelines are listed under the appropriate department). In addition, submit up to seven scores of your musical compositions with recordings of each work on indexed compact disc. We do not accept MP3 disks or data CDs. All musical styles are welcome, though it should be noted that the departmental curriculum is geared toward composing for classical instruments and ensembles.

All materials should be sent to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Admissions Office, and must be known, address, phone, and the program to which you are applying on all your materials. Send copies of your work rather than originals.

After a preliminary review of portfolios, a select number of applicants will be invited for on-campus interviews and auditions. Please indicate your preference for an audition/interview date on your application. Though an in-person interview is highly recommended, it is not principal instrument or voice, and complete a placement evaluation in piano. Sight-reading, harmonization and transposition, scales and arpeggios, and chord progressions will be tested in order to determine your keyboard placement.

For candidates not living in the continental United States for whom the cost of a campus visit would be prohibitive, a telephone interview can be arranged and a recorded audition submitted.

interview can be arranged and a recorded audition submitted. To facilitate discussion of your work, please
interview can be arranged and a recorded audition submitted. To facilitate discussion of your work, please
interview can be arranged and a recorded audition submitted. To facilitate discussion of your work, please

To facilitate discussion of your work, please bring a second copy of your scores to the composition interview.

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Department of Dance
Department of Dance

The Department of Dance is committed to excellence, innovation, learning in action, and entrepreneurship.

Our mission is to bridge dance practice and scholarship and to foster interdisciplinary

inquiry.

As an internationally renowned faculty, we bring

a challenging range of perspectives to our teaching and research, and we continually reexamine our curriculum in order to prepare both young and mature dancers for careers in an ever-evolving field.

The Dance Department embraces and extends the legacies of 20th-century American modern dance and ballet, ever mindful of the necessity to invigorate contemporary dance forms. Students forge their own creative voice, consolidate a range of technical skills, and enjoy extensive performance opportunities. From dancing in the first year Freshman Touring Company to performing onstage at the Power Center, creating multi-media collaborations in the Duderstadt Video Studio or working in the community, dance students develop discipline, independent thinking, creative problem-solving,

leadership and team skills, technological competencies and an appreciation for artistic, intellectual and social diversity. The fundamentals and finer points of dance technique, performance and composition are stressed; all practical learning is underpinned by compulsory academic courses both within and beyond our discipline.

Dance can be also be studied as part of a dual degree program. Many of our dance majors graduate with a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree concurrently with their BFA.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance (BFA)

This degree is intended for students seeking a career in performance and choreography.

Pre-College Preparation Significant experience in dance performance and choreography.

Curriculum The BFA is a four year professional degree. Students

The professional coursework will include intensive ballet, world dance, and repertory. Cognate studies in dance history, music for dance, teaching methods, dance production, music electives, and anatomy for

The degree culminates with a Senior Concert and Senior Seminar.

Prepare a two-minute solo in a contemporary dance idiom, preferably choreographed by the applicant. The solo should be appropriately titled and the accompaniment clearly acknowledged. Please avoid classical repertory and pointe work. modern, as well as an improvisation session.

Each audition day begins with an introduction to the Department and a tour of our facility. Parents are encouraged to attend these sessions but may not observe the audition.

All applicants must audition in Ann Arbor. The Dance department does not offer regional or recorded auditions.

in college-level writing and art history. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

Dance Faculty

Advising is done by faculty mentors and School officials to ensure student progress and success.

Angela Kane (Chair) Melissa Beck Amy Chavasse Mary Cole Bill DeYoung Sandra Torijano DeYoung Jessica Fogel Christian Matjias Judy Rice Stephen J. Rush Peter Sparling (Arthur F. Thurnau Professor) Robin Wilson

Associated Faculty

Jean-Claude Biza

Clare Croft

The University of Michigan Dance Department is accredited

Amy West

by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).

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“There’s not one element of my life

that doesn’t revolve around dance…

Dance is a metaphor for what’s

possible in life. To be able to move as

a dancer has been a source of joy my

whole

life.” Daniel Gwirtzman, BFA Dance 1992

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Department of Jazz & Improvisation
Department of Jazz & Improvisation
Art forms evolve through the interplay of two contrasting, yet complementary forces – the ongoing
Art forms evolve through the interplay of two contrasting,
yet complementary forces – the ongoing quest for new
possibilities, and the continual inquiry into past
forms and
practices. When this present-past interplay
is centered at the heart of artistic training, students not
only gain optimal mastery of skills and concepts within
their field, they also experience their field as a vehicle for a
broader cross-disciplinary exploration.
The Department of Jazz & Improvisation
has harnessed these principles and
emerged as a leading new educational
voice. The department offers students
a variety of educational pathways few
schools can match by combining the finest
in traditional jazz training with systematic
study of jazz’s eclectic offshoots, along
with innovative, interdisciplinary options at
the cutting edge of pedagogical thought.

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Degrees offered:

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz and Contemplative Studies (BFA)

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Studies

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Studies with Teacher Certification

Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA)

The undergraduate degrees in jazz are designed for students who wish to explore jazz, its related idioms, and more eclectic forms of improvised music.

The BFA degrees are four year professional degrees. also a four-year professional degree, but with a larger arts courses.

Jazz & Improvisation Faculty

Ellen H. Rowe (Chair, piano, jazz ensemble) Andrew Bishop (saxophone) Robert Hurst (bass) Edward W. Sarath (flugelhorn) Dennis Wilson (trombone, arranging)

Associated Faculty Sean Dobbins (drums) Marion Hayden (bass) Ingrid Jensen (trumpet, guest instructor) Mark Kirschenmann (Creative Arts Orchestra) William Lucas (trumpet) Frank Portolese (guitar) Martha Travers (creativity & consciousness studies)

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz and Contemplative Studies

This highly interdisciplinary program combines a solid grounding in jazz and improvised music study, with courses involving meditative practices and other areas related to creative development.

Curriculum The professional coursework includes intensive studies in jazz improvisation and composition, contemplative practices seminar, creativity and consciousness, piano, music theory, musicology, ensembles and private lessons.

in college-level writing and five courses selected from:

Psychology and Spirituality Development, Islamic Mysticism, History of Christian Thought, History of Art Special Topics, or other courses in Psychology or Religion. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings. Bachelor of Fine Arts in

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation

This program combines strong foundations in both mainstream jazz and classical training, as well as more eclectic approaches to contemporary along with the jazz audition. This degree is not available for jazz guitar.

Curriculum The professional coursework includes intensive studies in jazz improvisation and composition, piano, music theory, musicology, performing arts technology, jazz and classical ensembles and private lessons. in college-level writing. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Studies

This curriculum allows students to focus on mainstream jazz studies through rigorous and focused jazz coursework. Students may also augment their jazz training with other areas of study through electives.

Curriculum The professional coursework includes intensive studies in jazz improvisation and composition, jazz arranging, piano, music theory, musicology, jazz ensembles and private lessons.

college-level writing. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Studies with Teacher Certification

This degree program is designed for students who wish to pursue a high level of training in Jazz Studies AND teach in elementary or secondary schools. Students typically in five years.

Curriculum the teacher’s certificate – two credentials.

The professional coursework includes intensive studies in jazz improvisation and composition, jazz arranging, piano, music theory, musicology, jazz ensembles and private lessons.

are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

The education coursework includes studies in teaching methods, psychology and human development, multicultural society, and student teaching.

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Bachelor of Musical Arts

This is an interdisciplinary degree. The professional in jazz coursework; more jazz can be taken if time allows.

Advising is done by faculty mentors and School officials to ensure student progress and success.

All applicants will demonstrate their skills in mainstream jazz according to the guidelines below. Applicants with original compositions, or who are involved in creative areas that may not fall within the categories listed, are strongly encouraged to present their work at the audition.

Along with the jazz audition, a classical audition is and for the BMA degree. List both classical and jazz repertoire in your audition repertoire, as well as on your comprehensive repertoire list. The classical audition will be played for the appropriate performance faculty, following the standard audition parameters.

Applicants auditioning by CD must demonstrate improvisational skills on their recorded audition.

Note to guitar applicants: There are two jazz degree options for guitarists: the BFA Jazz Studies and the BFA Jazz and Contemplative Studies. Because we do not offer classical guitar, Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation and the BMA are not available to guitarists.

Note regarding jazz voice: We do not offer a program of study in jazz voice. Students in other programs, such as voice performance, are able to perform with jazz combos and ensembles by audition.

Drum set players will be asked to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas: Brushes (slow,

Afro-Cuban and Brazilian grooves – such as the and the bossa nova. Additionally, contemporary styles such as rock, funk and fusion as well as odd meters

Students will also be asked to do simple hand/foot timing and coordination exercises, as well as some sight-reading. Performance of scales or melodies of jazz tunes on any mallet keyboard instrument such as vibraphone, marimba or piano is encouraged.

Drummers are welcome to perform pieces outside the areas listed above, including but not limited to multiple percussion, snare drum and electronic pieces.

All other jazz applicants should prepare an F blues and B-flat rhythm changes tune of their choice. In addition, select one piece from each of the following three categories:

Category 3

It is highly recommended that all selections be memorized, including tune melodies and chord changes. All applicants will be asked to perform the melodies and improvise over the progressions for each piece they select. Pianists and guitarists will be asked to comp changes; bassists will be asked to walk the bass lines in addition to soloing and performing melodies. Bassists should prepare the melody to the ballad they choose and perform it arco if possible.

Accompaniment will be provided at the audition.

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Department of Music Education
Department of Music Education
The Department of Music Education’s exceptional range and depth of programs provide the specialization and
The Department of Music Education’s exceptional range
and depth of programs provide the specialization and
breadth of training to meet both the individual needs of
students and the demands of today’s music educators.
The department’s mission is to provide the future educator
with the necessary knowledge for successful
teaching: Intensive training as a musician,
theoretical and practical education as a teacher,
and a sound general college education.
The faculty strives to refine and promote
the exchange of musical skills and
information between teacher and student
in both group and studio teaching. Music
education students also benefit from
participation in orchestras, choirs, bands,
and smaller ensembles under the direction
of eminent faculty and guest conductors.

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Bachelor of Music in Music Education

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education (BM) has two distinct curricula: Choral Music Education and

Instrumental Music Education. This enables students to prepare for the field of teaching most compatible with their backgrounds and career goals. Students seeking

a greater focus in performance - who still wish to

teach in the elementary or secondary schools - should choose the Performance with Teacher Certification degrees offered in Jazz Studies, Organ, Piano, Strings, Voice, and Winds & Percussion.

Education fall into two categories:

in instrumental or vocal performance, ensembles, conducting, musicology, music theory, piano, and general studies.

acceptance into the Teacher Education Program all applications, courses, directed teaching, and audits

The BM is a four-year professional degree. Students take in liberal arts courses.

Choral Music Education

Designed for pianists or singers who wish to specialize

in teaching choral or general music in elementary or

secondary schools.

Pre-College Preparation Applicants should have two years or more of voice and piano study. Participation in choral or instrumental groups prior to application is recommended. Demonstration of competence in voice and piano is

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Curriculum The professional coursework includes intensive studies in voice and piano, theory, musicology, ensembles, conducting, music technology, and

in college-level writing, psychology, social science electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

The education coursework includes studies in teaching methods, secondary instruments, psychology and human development, multicultural society, and student teaching.

Instrumental Music Education

Designed for students who wish to teach instrumental music in elementary and secondary schools.

Pre-College Preparation Applicants should have an extensive background in at least one band or orchestral instrument, including private lessons and experience in bands and orchestras. Study of other instruments, including piano, is desirable. Demonstration of performance competence on a band or orchestral instrument

Curriculum The professional coursework includes intensive studies in instrumental performance, piano, theory, musicology, ensembles, conducting, music technology, and vocal literature.

in college-level writing, psychology, social science electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

The education coursework includes studies in teaching methods, secondary instruments, psychology and human development, multicultural society, and student teaching.

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Audition and Interview

Choral Music Education

Prepare to audition in both piano and voice. You will declare either piano or voice as your principal, with the other as a secondary instrument. An interview with a music education faculty member will also be scheduled on your audition day.

Piano Principal

For the piano audition, prepare a work of J. S. Bach,

a movement of a classical sonata and a romantic or

contemporary work of your choice. Memorization

is preferred. Sight-reading, harmonization, and

transposition skills will be tested in order to determine your keyboard placement.

For the voice audition, prepare two memorized songs. An accompanist will be provided when auditioning private voice teacher, ask your school or religious choir director for assistance in preparing for the audition. Aural skills may also be assessed at Ann Arbor auditions; auditionees will hear several short phrases played at the keyboard and be asked to sing them.

Voice Principal

For the voice audition, prepare two memorized songs

in

skills may also be assessed at Ann Arbor auditions; auditionees will hear several short phrases played at the keyboard and be asked to sing them.

any language. An accompanist will be provided when

For the piano audition, prepare a composition from the standard repertoire (such as Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Clementi, Chopin, Bartók, or Kabalevsky). Memorization of the piano piece is preferred. Sight-reading, harmonization, and transposition skills will be tested in order to determine your keyboard placement.

Instrumental Music Education

Applicants must complete a performance audition instrument. Applicants whose principal instrument proficiency on a band or orchestral instrument, sufficient to fulfill the curriculum’s instrumental second instrument on the application. An interview with a music education faculty member will also be scheduled on your audition day.

faculty member will also be scheduled on your audition day. UM graduates are sought after and

UM graduates are sought after and hired by school districts across the nation.

after and hired by school districts across the nation. Music Education Faculty Carlos Xavier Rodríguez (Chair)
after and hired by school districts across the nation. Music Education Faculty Carlos Xavier Rodríguez (Chair)
after and hired by school districts across the nation. Music Education Faculty Carlos Xavier Rodríguez (Chair)
after and hired by school districts across the nation. Music Education Faculty Carlos Xavier Rodríguez (Chair)
Music Education Faculty
Music Education Faculty

Carlos Xavier Rodríguez (Chair) Colleen M. Conway Kate Fitzpatrick Michael Hopkins Marie McCarthy Julie Skadsem Betty Anne Younker (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs)

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Department of Music Theory
Department of Music Theory
The Department of Music Theory is distinguished by its range of achievement in scholarship of
The Department of Music Theory is distinguished by
its range of achievement in scholarship of
both faculty and students, and by the broad
diversity of approach
that it fosters. A guiding
principle of the department is that music theory does
not stand alone as a discipline.
Faculty members are active as composers,
performers, and interdisciplinary scholars
in such areas as philosophy, psychology,
and critical studies. Students explore
cognate fields such as art history,
literature, philosophy, linguistics, and
psychology to advance inquiry in the
field of music theory. Areas of scholarly
interest represented by faculty members
and in course offerings include theories of
musical experience, as well as post-tonal
theory, Schenkerian theory, twelve-tone
theory, transformational theory, theories of
style, gender, jazz, popular music, and the
study of the compositional process.

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Degrees offered:

Bachelor of Music in Music Theory (BM)

Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA)

Pre-College Preparation

Applicants should have an extensive background in performance or composition, college coursework

in music theory with no grades less than a “B,” and

a background in a keyboard instrument. Freshman

applicants without college credits in music theory should not apply as a Music Theory major. Current SMTD students should apply after completing the music theory core curriculum.

Bachelor of Music in Music Theory

For those who wish to balance theoretical and applied approaches to the study of music. Elected courses range from developing musical craft, such as counterpoint, improvisation, and music composition, to aesthetics, music cognition, and music technology.

Curriculum

The BM is a four-year professional degree. Students take

in liberal arts courses.

The professional coursework will include intensive studies in theory, musicology, composition, piano, ensembles, and private instrumental or vocal lessons. college-level writing and foreign language. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

The BMA is also a four-year professional degree but with liberal arts courses.

Advising is done by faculty mentors and School officials to ensure student progress and success.

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Admission and Audition

Students must audition on a principal instrument or voice following the guidelines listed by department in this publication.

All applicants must also submit two or three examples of English writing and one of either of the following:

an original composition or a musical analysis. Send these written materials to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) Admissions Office at least four

The audition day will include individual appointments for a keyboard harmony exam, a theory exam on part- writing and analysis, and an audition on your principal instrument or voice.

Music Theory Faculty

Ramon Satyendra (Chair pro tem) James Dapogny (Professor Emeritus) Walter T. Everett Karen Fournier Kevin E. Korsyn Andrew W. Mead Wayne C. Petty Alexandra Vojcic

Associated Faculty Sandra Lau Martins Judith Petty Joyce Yip

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Department of Musical Theatre
Department of Musical Theatre
This comprehensive training program has a national reputation among professional agents, casting directors, and
This comprehensive training program has a
national reputation among professional agents,
casting directors, and producers as being
among the best of its kind.
A unique situation exists at Michigan,
since theatre, dance and music coexist as
departments within the School of Music,
Theatre & Dance. Students in musical
theatre study with faculty members in
the departments of Theatre and Drama,
Voice, Dance, and Musical Theatre. The
University of Michigan is one of a select
number of schools that promote this
degree of collaboration among areas
within the performing arts.
As part of the degree, students have
numerous opportunities to learn about
career strategies, audition techniques,
and a wide range of performance skills.
Studying at Michigan also presents
opportunities to choose among hundreds
of classes outside the performing arts.
All of this combines to make our
Department of Musical Theatre a unique
place for the aspiring musical theatre
professional to begin a career.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre (BFA)

Freshmen: training and experience in musical theatre and training in voice and ballet are assets.

voice, piano and music theory. Must audition in Ann Arbor.

Curriculum The BFA is a four year professional degree. Students take in liberal arts courses.

The professional coursework includes intensive studies in Dance (ballet, tap, MT styles & more), Theatre (acting, history, tech & more), Music (voice, piano, theory & more) and, most importantly, Musical Theatre (performance, history & much more).

in college-level writing, American or world history, and language. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

Advising is done by faculty mentors and School officials to ensure student progress and success.

Musical Theatre Faculty Brent Wagner (Chair, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor) Catherine Walker Adams Mark Madama
Musical Theatre Faculty
Brent Wagner (Chair, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor)
Catherine Walker Adams
Mark Madama
Cynthia Kortman Westphal
Associated Faculty
Mark Esposito
Lisa Mayer

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“I think UM is turning out the best young musical theatre performers in the business
“I think UM is turning out the best young musical theatre
performers in the business these days. They’re really well-
rounded and well-educated actors, not just people who
can sing and dance.”James Lapine, Broadway director and writer (INTO THE
WOODS, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE)

RAGTIME

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“The Musical Theatre Department is a wonder – not just as a vital part of
“The Musical Theatre
Department is a wonder – not
just as a vital part of a great
university, but as a seemingly
never-ending source of talent
and inspiration. If only that
program had existed when I
was in Ann Arbor! Jack O’Brien
(Director, BA 1961, MA 1962, HDFA 2008)
Broadway director (HAIRSPRAY, THE FULL MONTY,
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, DAMN YANKEES)

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Written Requirements

Bring to the audition a typed, one page you have had in music, theatre and dance. Staple the

Brief Personal Statement Bring to the audition a short essay describing an artistic event that was memorable and/or influential to you personally (this does not need to be an event in which you participated). This is a different essay from the ones be no longer than two typed pages.

Performance Requirements Acting

Prepare two short, contrasting monologues from plays. be memorized and should be performed in the context of the entire play. The emphasis is on simple reality. Note:

Auditionees will present one monologue only. The faculty panel will determine which one will be presented.

Preparation Suggestions age and experience.

select monologues from plays, as opposed to special material written for monologue books.

verse or poetry. Avoid dialects.

avoiding pieces that may be inappropriate because of language or situation.

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Voice

Auditionees will present one song only. The faculty panel will determine which one will be presented. An accompanist (usually a faculty member) will be provided. You may not sing with your own accompanist, a cappella, or with recorded accompaniment.

Suggestions for Choosing Music specific situation in a clear context with an objective (goal). Make the situation as honest and specific as possible.

much as you can to give the song a progression. What happens or changes as the song proceeds?

and experience.

range. If you are using a transposition of a song, be sure that you have correctly printed the melody, lyrics and accompaniment in the new key.

Suggestions for Preparing your Music page turns. Do not use sheet protectors.

and mark it clearly in the music. The measures of be singing. Make sure that the introduction leads clearly and naturally to your entrance in the song. Put the title of the song at the top of the page, along with the time signature.

explore the music. Be absolutely certain that you are singing correct words, notes, and rhythms.

Final Tips enormous number of applicants present songs in keys that are too high for them to show themselves at their best vocally. Volume and range can be

before you begin your college auditions, making sure that all elements of your printed music
before you begin your college auditions, making
sure that all elements of your printed music are
presented clearly and correctly.
Dance
All applicants will participate in a dance class
combination from a musical. The faculty will evaluate
performance vitality, acting/communication skills, and
potential for growth.
Preparation Suggestions
shoes (and can bring ballet slippers), leotards, tights
and/ or dance skirts. Men should wear jazz shoes
(and can bring ballet slippers), tights, jazz pants,
t-shirts or shorts, and a dance belt.
into the room.
have training in ballet. While most auditionees
have danced to various degrees in productions, the

invaluable preparation for this portion of the audition.

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Piano

The piano audition consists of sight-reading and an interview. The faculty will evaluate your music reading skills and your understanding of rhythmic notation. The ability to read music is an important factor in the evaluation of your application. It isn’t necessary to prepare a piece.

Preparation Suggestions Playing another instrument can be extremely valuable for your overall understanding of music. However, it’s still important to begin studying piano before and/ or during high school. It’s best to begin a steady, organized process of piano study long before your senior year. While playing by ear is of value, it’s not a substitute for music reading skills.

Additional Audition Day Recommendations

members and MT majors speak to the applicants as a group, discussing the Musical Theatre Department to attend these sessions, but may not observe the auditions.

for the audition day. An audition is similar to a job interview, in terms of apparel. The clothes for the acting/voice/piano segments of the audition should be somewhat dressy, appropriate, tasteful and generally conservative.

and though we do as much as possible to put applicants at ease, be sure to choose songs and monologues with which you can be comfortable in in rehearsing and performing the songs with a skilled accompanist before any of your college auditions. It’s also helpful to rehearse all of your material in different sizes of venues, from small rooms to large theatre stages. That way, whatever the situation at each school, you will feel comfortable and can easily adapt.

What do we look for in a Michigan applicant?

recognizable talent.

and is clearly a team-player.

of fellow students.

in dialogue/lyrics, music, and dance.

a clear sense of pitch, an understanding of musical

line, and a healthy approach that doesn’t push the voice higher than is appropriate. In addition, applicants should have music reading skills, especially at the piano.

from politics to public service, and is excited to find ways in which the arts can impact and enrich American culture.

personal ideas and points of view.

and the University by reading official publications and speaking with faculty, students, School officials, and graduates, rather than relying only on internet opinions or YouTube postings.

given careful thought to the reasons for pursuing a BFA in a university as opposed to a conservatory.

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“There wasn’t a song or composer or show or bit of history I didn’t know. I think more than anything, Michigan gives you that sense of history – that you are a part of an incredible theatrical legacy and that you as an actor are accountable to it.”

Danny Gurwin (BFA 1994) Broadway: LITTLE WOMEN,

URINETOWN, THE FULL MONTY, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL

to it.” Danny Gurwin (BFA 1994) Broadway: LITTLE WOMEN, URINETOWN, THE FULL MONTY, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL
to it.” Danny Gurwin (BFA 1994) Broadway: LITTLE WOMEN, URINETOWN, THE FULL MONTY, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL
to it.” Danny Gurwin (BFA 1994) Broadway: LITTLE WOMEN, URINETOWN, THE FULL MONTY, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL
to it.” Danny Gurwin (BFA 1994) Broadway: LITTLE WOMEN, URINETOWN, THE FULL MONTY, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL
to it.” Danny Gurwin (BFA 1994) Broadway: LITTLE WOMEN, URINETOWN, THE FULL MONTY, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL

EVITA

to it.” Danny Gurwin (BFA 1994) Broadway: LITTLE WOMEN, URINETOWN, THE FULL MONTY, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL

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Department of Musicology
Department of Musicology
The University of Michigan offers rich resources for the study of musicology. The faculty includes
The University of Michigan offers rich resources for the
study of musicology. The faculty includes specialists in
each period of music history in the West as
well as in American music, the music of Latin
America and the Caribbean, Chinese music,
the music of the Pacific Islands, and the music
of South and Southeast Asia.
The department provides its students with access, as listeners and performers, to the Early
Music Ensemble, the Contemporary Directions Ensemble, and the Javanese Gamelan
Ensemble, among many others.

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Degrees offered:

Bachelor of Music in Musicology (BM)

Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA)

The BM is a four-year professional degree. Students take

in liberal arts courses.

The BMA is also a four-year professional degree but with

liberal arts courses.

Advising is done by faculty mentors and School officials

to ensure student progress and success.

Musicology Faculty

Professor of Music)

Christi-Anne Castro

Mark Clague

Jane Fulcher

Meilu Ho

Joseph Lam

Stefano Mengozzi

Lester P. Monts (Senior Vice Provost for

Academic Affairs)

Louise K. Stein

Steven M. Whiting (Associate Dean for

Roland John Wiley

Associated Faculty

Nathan Platte

Charles Reynolds (Music Librarian)

 

Amy Stillman

Music Library

Susan Walton

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Bachelor of Music in Musicology

For those who wish to teach music history, to work in radio, television, or journalism, or to pursue study of musicology is also recommended for those who plan to pursue graduate study and professional scholarship.

Pre-College Preparation Applicants should have a strong background of study on a principal instrument or voice. Piano study is recommended. Experience in orchestral and chamber music is desirable, as well as strong writing skills.

Curricula

Music History Major (Curriculum A) musicology, theory, piano, ensembles, and private instrumental or vocal lessons.

in college-level writing, history, and foreign languages. All remaining academic electives are free choice; they may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

Ethnomusicology Major (Curriculum B) (Western music, world music, folk & popular music, music in culture), theory, piano, ensembles, and private instrumental or vocal lessons.

in college-level writing, history, foreign languages, and a cognate of social science or humanities courses. All remaining academic electives are free choice; they may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

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Early Music Major (Curriculum C) musicology, theory (including counterpoint and ornamentation), piano, early music performance, ensembles, and private instrumental or vocal lessons. A senior research project and recital

in college-level writing, history, and foreign languages. All remaining academic electives are free choice; they may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

Admission and Audition

voice following the guidelines listed by department in this publication.

of English writing. Send these written materials to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Admissions audition date.

Students applying to the Early Music Major (Curriculum C) should contact Professor Edward Parmentier, eparment@umich.edu, regarding

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Department of Organ
Department of Organ

organ

The faculty of the Organ Department, eminent performers and scholars with a broad and diverse
The faculty of the Organ Department, eminent
performers and scholars with a broad and
diverse range of specializations, share a profound
commitment to teaching.
The department is rich in resources to
prepare gifted organists for professional
careers. This well-rounded preparation
includes development of technique,
scholarly research, and the ability to play
music of all periods with integrity and
specific performance practices.
The department is internationally known
for developing talent - a reputation
evidenced by the number of its graduates
now enjoying careers as recitalists,
university professors, and music directors
of large religious organizations.

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Degrees offered:

Bachelor of Music (BM) in Performance

Bachelor of Music in Performance with Teacher Certification

Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA)

The BM is a four-year professional degree. Students take in liberal arts courses.

The BMA is also a four-year professional degree, but with liberal arts courses.

Advising is done by faculty mentors and School officials to ensure student progress and success.

Pre-College Preparation musicianship from piano study. A student planning to major in organ should be able to play such repertory as the preludes and fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach, classical sonatas, selected etudes by Chopin, and a significant modern work.

selected etudes by Chopin, and a significant modern work. Organ Faculty Marilyn Mason (Chair, University Organist)

Organ Faculty

Marilyn Mason (Chair, University Organist) Steven Ball (University Carillonneur) James W. Kibbie

Associated Faculty Michele Johns Jenny King (carillon)

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Bachelor of Music in Performance: Organ

(Curriculum A) is designed for those who wish to work in performance, church music, or teaching.

Curriculum The professional coursework includes intensive studies in organ performance, theory, musicology, organ literature, piano, ensembles, and conducting.

studies in college-level writing and foreign language. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

Bachelor of Music in Performance:

Organ with Teacher Certification

(Curriculum B) is designed for organists who wish to focus on performance and teach in elementary or secondary schools. Students earn both the BM and

Curriculum and the teacher’s certificate – two credentials.

The professional coursework includes intensive studies in organ performance, theory, musicology, organ literature, piano, ensembles, and conducting.

in college-level writing, psychology, social science electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

The education coursework includes studies in teaching methods, psychology and human development, multicultural society, and student teaching.

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Audition and Interview

Prepare fifteen to twenty minutes of organ literature you have thoroughly studied. Include a work of J. S. Bach and a romantic or contemporary composition. Choose pieces that you and your teacher agree are within your present musical and technical grasp. the organ you will be playing before your audition.

In certain cases, a student may be admitted who has had no organ study but does have a strong background in piano. In such individual cases, a full piano audition is permitted instead of an organ audition.

Applicants to Performance with Teacher Certification (Curriculum B) will also be scheduled for an interview with a representative of the Department of Music Education.

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Department of Performing Arts Technology
Department of Performing Arts Technology
The Department of Performing Arts Technology seeks to advance the aesthetics of technology-based arts through
The Department of Performing Arts Technology seeks to
advance the aesthetics of technology-based arts
through performance, the development of emerging
technologies, and research.
Collaboration and creativity
are key components of the interdisciplinary study of music,
dance, theatre, engineering, art, and film and video.
The University of Michigan maintains
extensive computing resources for all
students, and the School of Music,
Theatre & Dance vigorously promotes
applications of technology in music.
Professional quality studios include the
Music Technology Lab, Multimedia Lab,
Music Listening Lab, two Electronic Music
Studios, the Audio Studio, the Video
Studio, and several project studios. These
studios feature state-of-the-art equipment
in acoustically optimized spaces. The
nearby Duderstadt Center houses an
electronic library, interactive multimedia
classrooms, a virtual reality laboratory, and
design studios.

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Degrees offered:

Bachelor of Music in Music Technology (BM)

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Music Technology Concentration (BFA)

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Media Arts Concentration (BFA)

Bachelor of Science in Sound Engineering (BS)

An additional offering: Concurrent

The BM and BFA programs are four-year professional

The BS degree is also a four-year professional degree, but with a larger commitment to natural science and science, and other liberal arts courses.

advancement of outstanding University of Michigan baccalaureate candidates through completion of the graduate program, Master of Arts (MA) in for the exceptional student who can complete an undergraduate program in three or three and one-half years with an outstanding academic and artistic record; and who, in the judgment of both graduate and undergraduate faculty, is ready for graduate work. and the master’s degrees. The student should receive the bachelor’s degree within a year of enrollment in the master’s degree program. The student typically

in the master’s degree program. The student typically program, or one year after completing the bachelor’s
in the master’s degree program. The student typically program, or one year after completing the bachelor’s
in the master’s degree program. The student typically program, or one year after completing the bachelor’s

program, or one year after completing the bachelor’s degree.

Advising is done by faculty mentors and School officials to ensure student progress and success.

Bachelor of Music in Music and Technology

(Curriculum A) is designed for students who possess demonstrated interest in producing music with computer technology and who are also performers in voice or on an acoustic instrument.

Pre-College Preparation Experience in performance (both traditional and technologically enhanced), music theory, composition, mathematics, and computer applications.

Curriculum The professional coursework includes intensive studies in performing arts technology (acoustics and psychoacoustics, computer music programming and arranging, sound recording and production, media arts, digital music ensemble, and more), music theory, composition, musicology, piano, ensembles, and private instrumental or vocal lessons. The degree culminates with a Senior Thesis.

vocal lessons. The degree culminates with a Senior Thesis. in college-level writing, mathematics, and computer

in college-level writing, mathematics, and computer programming. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts Technology: Music Concentration

Fine Arts in Performing Arts Technology: Music Concentration (Curriculum B) is designed for students who possess

(Curriculum B) is designed for students who possess demonstrated interest in producing art forms that integrate images, sound, and music using computer technology.

Pre-College Preparation Experience in performance (both traditional and technologically enhanced), music theory, composition, mathematics, and computer programming. Some experience manipulating still and moving images using technology.

composition, mathematics, and computer programming. Some experience manipulating still and moving images using technology.

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Curriculum The professional coursework includes intensive studies in performing arts technology (acoustics and psychoacoustics, computer music programming and arranging, sound recording and production, media arts, digital music ensemble, and more), music theory, composition, musicology, piano, ensembles, and private instrumental or vocal lessons. The degree culminates with a Senior Thesis.

college-level writing, mathematics, screen arts and culture, visual arts and culture, computer programming, still imagery and technology, dance, and computer aided design, modeling, or animation. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts Technology: Media Arts Concentration

(Curriculum C) is designed for students who possess demonstrated interest in using technology to create multimedia art forms.

Pre-College Preparation Experience in producing integrated art forms using computer technology. Some experience in music theory, composition, mathematics, and still and moving imagery.

Curriculum The professional coursework includes intensive studies in performing arts technology (acoustics and psychoacoustics, computer music programming and arranging, sound recording and production, media arts, digital music ensemble, and more), music theory, composition, musicology, piano, ensembles, and private instrumental or vocal lessons. The degree culminates with a Senior Thesis.

vocal lessons. The degree culminates with a Senior Thesis. in college-level writing, mathematics, screen arts and

in college-level writing, mathematics, screen arts and culture, visual arts and culture, computer programming, still imagery and technology, dance, and computer aided design, modeling, or animation. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

Students choose one:

advanced Math/Engineering electives advanced Sonic Arts electives advanced electives including two courses in screen arts and culture with the remaining coursework in art

Bachelor of Science in Sound Engineering

(Curriculum D) is designed for students who demonstrate abilities in both music and engineering and are interested in sound reinforcement, sound

Pre-College Preparation performance experience, with a high level of and strong coursework achievement in music theory, mathematics, physics, and computer programming; and 3) prior experience with multitrack recording and sound reinforcement.

Curriculum The professional coursework includes intensive studies in performing arts technology (acoustics and psychoacoustics, computer music programming and arranging, sound recording and production, media arts, sound for theatre, technical ear training and critical listening, contemporary practices in studio production, and more), music theory, composition, musicology, piano, ensembles, and private instrumental or vocal lessons. The degree culminates with a Senior Thesis.

in college-level writing, computer programming, electromagnetics, and digital signal processing. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

Admission, Audition and Interview

with the Performing Arts Technology faculty. The BM the specific instrument or voice department.

After a preliminary review of portfolios, a select number of applicants will be invited for on-campus interviews. Please indicate your preference for an interview date on your application.

Provide a complete description of the equipment and techniques used to produce your portfolio on the PAT Companion Notes form, downloadable from www.music.umich.edu/departments/pat/auditions_ug.htm.

All materials should be sent to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Admissions Office, and must be known, address, phone, and the program to which you are applying on all your materials.

Curricula A, B and C (Sonic Arts Concentration only) All materials submitted must be produced and recorded by the applicant.

five minutes long) for electronic instruments; minutes long) for one or more acoustic instruments accompanied by a notated score; Bach orchestrated for electronic instruments; synthesized sounds; acoustic instrument or voice.

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output of an original computer program in any language. Commented source code should include your name, UM ID, address, phone, and a program abstract with additional comments as necessary.

Curriculum C (Visual Arts or Engineering Concentration) Applicants to Curriculum C intending to concentrate

in either Visual Arts or Engineering should submit

a representative portfolio of their creative work.

Example portfolio pieces might include an original music composition, a video, a computer program, photography, or art.

Curriculum D Applicants to Sound Engineering (Curriculum D) should submit a portfolio consisting of a stereo CD recording of:

with repertoire of your choice, and

represent contrasting musical styles performed by at least three musicians. The stereo recording should be produced primarily from microphone signals. Original compositions are encouraged.

Performing Arts Technology Faculty

Jason Corey (Chair, Audio Engineering) Jennifer Furr Andrew Kirshner (School of Art and Design) Stephen J. Rush Erik Santos (Electronic Music) Mary H. Simoni (Associate Dean for Research and Community Engagement)

Associated Faculty Timothy Flood

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Department of Piano
Department of Piano
The Piano Department offers exceptionally fine training to talented young performers. Its mission is to
The Piano Department offers exceptionally fine training
to talented young performers. Its mission is to assist,
guide, and encourage students in achieving the highest
artistic and intellectual standard of which they are capable.
Through individual instruction, ensemble coaching, and
musicianship classes, the faculty strives to promote
understanding while simultaneously encouraging original
and creative thought. Students receive thorough
preparation for careers as soloists, chamber
musicians, collaborative pianists, and teachers.

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Degrees offered:

Bachelor of Music in Performance (BM)

Bachelor of Music in Performance with Teacher Certification

Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA)

The BM is a four-year professional degree. Students take in liberal arts courses.

The BMA is also a four-year professional degree, but with liberal arts courses.

Advising is done by faculty mentors and School officials to ensure student progress and success.

Piano Faculty

John Ellis (Chair, performance, pedagogy) Katherine Collier (performance, collaborative piano) Christopher Harding (performance, collaborative piano) Martin E. Katz (Artur Schnabel Collegiate Professor of Music, collaborative piano) Louis Nagel (performance) Edward Parmentier (Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, harpsichord, early music) Logan Skelton (performance)

Associated Faculty Kelley Benson (pedagogy) Penelope Crawford (fortepiano)

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Bachelor of Music in Performance: Piano

(Curriculum A) is appropriate for those who wish to work in performance and teaching.

Pre-college Preparation Eight to twelve years of piano study; repertory to Memorization is expected.

Curriculum The professional coursework includes intensive studies in piano performance, theory, musicology, piano literature, chamber music, ensembles, and

studies in college-level writing and foreign language. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

Bachelor of Music in Performance:

Piano with Teacher Certification

(Curriculum B) is appropriate for pianists who wish to perform and teach in elementary or secondary certification, typically in five years. Alternatively, a four-year option is the curriculum in Choral or Instrumental Music Education.

Curriculum the teacher’s certificate – two credentials.

The professional coursework includes intensive studies in piano performance, theory, musicology, piano literature, chamber music, ensembles, and

in college-level writing, psychology, social science electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

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The education coursework includes studies in teaching methods, psychology and human development, multicultural society, and student teaching.

Admission, Audition and

Piano Performance (Curriculum A & B) Prepare ALL of the following:

Handel, or Scarlatti with a minimum playing time of five minutes, no repeats. Any prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier is acceptable.

be on CD or DVD.

above. Failure to prepare the full audition program will eliminate you from consideration.

Performance with Teacher Certification (Curriculum B) Applicants will also be scheduled for an interview with a representative of the Department of Music Education.

Piano Principal (for pianists applying to degrees other than performance, e.g. Composition)

Prepare ALL of the following:

Memorization is preferred.

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Department of Strings
Department of Strings
The mission of the Department of Strings is to assist, guide, and encourage students in
The mission of the Department of Strings is to assist,
guide, and encourage students in achieving the
highest artistic and intellectual standard
of which
they are capable.
Through individual instruction with a
major artist-teacher, ensemble coaching,
and musicianship classes, the faculty
strives to promote understanding while
simultaneously encouraging original,
creative thought. By offering a variety of
educational options, the faculty seeks to
prepare students for career possibilities in
traditional and emerging fields.

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Degrees offered:

Bachelor of Music (BM) in Performance

Bachelor of Music in Performance with Teacher Certification

Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA)

The BM is a four-year professional degree. Students take in liberal arts courses.

The BMA is also a four-year professional degree, but with liberal arts courses.

Advising is done by faculty mentors and School officials to ensure student progress and success.

Strings Faculty

Richard Aaron (cello) Yehonatan M. Berick (violin) Aaron Berofsky (violin) Anthony D. Elliott (cello) Joan Raeburn Holland (harp) Andrew W. Jennings (violin) Yizhak Schotten (viola) Stephen Shipps (violin)

Associated Faculty Caroline Coade (viola) David Holland (viola) Stephen Molina (double bass)

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Bachelor of Music in Performance:

Performance Major

(Curriculum A) is appropriate for string players (violin, viola, cello, double bass) who desire a career in performance (including orchestral playing) or teaching.

Pre-College Preparation The student must show evidence of exceptionally strong ability, training, and repertoire; piano study is recommended. Experience in orchestral and chamber music is desirable.

Curriculum The professional coursework includes intensive studies in performance, theory, musicology, piano, ensembles, and chamber music. A culminating senior recital

college-level writing. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

Bachelor of Music in Performance:

String Major with Teacher Certification

(Curriculum B) is designed for students who wish to prepare for a professional performance and teaching career in elementary or secondary schools. This degree emphasizes major instrument performance and string pedagogy.

Curriculum and the teacher’s certificate – two credentials.

The professional coursework includes intensive studies in performance, theory, musicology, piano, secondary instruments, ensembles, and chamber

electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

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The education coursework includes studies in teaching methods, psychology and human development, multicultural society, and student teaching.

Bachelor of Music in Performance: Harp

Designed for harpists who wish to work in solo and ensemble performance and teaching.

Pre-College Preparation The student must show evidence of strong ability, training, and repertoire; piano study is recommended. Experience in orchestral and chamber music is desirable.

Curriculum The BM is a four-year professional degree. Students

The professional coursework includes intensive studies in harp performance, theory, musicology, piano, and

college-level writing. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

Audition and Interview

for string auditions. Applicants to the String Major with Teacher Certification (Curriculum B) will also be scheduled for an interview with a representative of the Department of Music Education.

Cello

Prepare an etude representing your current level of technical development, two contrasting movements from one of the Bach unaccompanied suites, and an allegro movement from the standard cello concerto literature. Both the Bach and the concerto should be played from memory.

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Double Bass

Prepare an etude representing your current level of technical development, two solo pieces or movements (in contrasting styles or tempi), and (optionally) a few minutes of excerpts from standard orchestral repertoire. One of the solo works or movements should be played from memory.

The School does not offer a degree in classical guitar performance. It is possible for jazz guitar to serve as a principal instrument within the Jazz Studies and Jazz and Contemplative Studies degree programs. Department of Jazz & Improvisation.

Harp

Prepare ALL of the following:

in two keys, alternating hands time period. All solo literature must be performed from memory.

Viola

Prepare an etude and two movements in contrasting styles from the standard viola repertoire other than the Telemann Concerto or Bach’s First Suite. One movement must be memorized. Three-octave scales

Violin

Prepare the first movement of a concerto (including cadenza if one is written), two contrasting movements of a Bach sonata or partita, and one caprice chosen from:

All solo literature must be performed from memory.

Cellist David Requiro (MM Cello Performance 2009) won first prize in both the 2008 Walter W. Naumburg and the National Symphony Orchestra Young Soloists’ Competitions.

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“…get serious at a young age… The more multi-faceted you are, the more you understand
“…get serious at a young age…
The more multi-faceted you
are, the more you understand
politics and the world,
philosophy and psychology,
the way the mind works
and the way people learn, the
better you’re going to be as
a musician.”
Daniel Gilbert, Associate
Professor of Clarinet

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Department of Theatre & Drama
Department of Theatre & Drama
Theatre has a long and distinguished history at the University of Michigan. Our strengths lie
Theatre has a long and distinguished history at the
University of Michigan. Our strengths lie in a careful
blend of professional and academic work and
training. Some of our distinguished alumni include
James Earl Jones, Arthur Miller, Christine Lahti, Gilda
Radner, and David Paymer.
UM theatre students benefit from the
diversity and sophistication offered
by a large first-class institution, while
enjoying the intimate atmosphere of the
Department of Theatre & Drama. We have
a low student-to-faculty ratio and faculty
members are friendly and accessible.
Theatre at Michigan presents a stimulating
blend of cultural diversity, intellectual rigor,
and professional experience for students,
professionals, and academics. It is a
stimulating place to learn and to grow,
where the prevailing atmosphere is
one of family.

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Degrees offered: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design and Production (BFA)
Degrees offered:
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design
and Production (BFA)

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance (Acting or Directing Concentration)

Bachelor of Theatre Arts (BTA)

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interarts Performance (with the School of Art & Design)

Advising is done by faculty mentors and School officials to ensure student progress and success.

Theatre & Drama Faculty

Priscilla Lindsay (Chair) African-American Theatre) Erik Fredricksen (Claribel Baird Halstead Professor, Acting and Stage Combat) Jessica Hahn (Costume Design) Philip Kerr (Acting) Annette Masson (Voice) Janet Maylie (Acting) Vincent Mountain (Scene Design) Robert E. Murphy III (Lighting Design)

Christianne Myers (Costume Design) John Neville-Andrews (Acting, Directing) Mbala Nkanga (Theatre Studies; World Performance) Oyamo (Playwriting) Jerald Schwiebert (Acting, Movement) Malcolm Tulip (Acting, Directing, Movement) E.J. Westlake (Theatre Studies) Leigh Woods (Theatre Studies)

Associated Faculty Enoch Brater Barbara Hodgdon Holly Hughes (School of Art and Design)

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design & Production

For those students who love the technical side of theatre and wish to work in design, production, or stage management.

Curriculum The BFA is a four year professional degree. Students

Acting Concentration

For students who wish to train as performers in theatre, television and film.

Curriculum The professional coursework includes intensive studies in Theatre (acting, movement, voice, stage combat, technical theatre, theatre history, dialects, studio, and more). Cognate studies in singing and electives in music, dance, and theatre

The professional coursework includes intensive studies in Design & Production Fundamentals (lighting/scene/costume design, technical theatre, directing, acting, stage mgt, theatre history & more), Design & Production Specialization (advanced classes), a Cognate (coursework supporting the area of specialization) and Theatre Production (crew, stage management, shop, and more). In the second semester of their sophomore, junior and senior years, majors participate in a portfolio review and a public showing of their design work.

in college-level writing, Shakespeare plays, and language. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

Directing Studies Concentration

For students who wish to train in theatre directing.

Curriculum The professional coursework includes intensive studies in Theatre (directing, acting, movement, voice, stage combat, technical theatre, stage management, design, playwriting, theatre history, and more). Cognate studies in music, and electives in dance,

stage management, design, playwriting, theatre history, and more). Cognate studies in music, and electives in dance,

in college-level writing, Shakespeare plays, screen arts and culture, and language. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings. in college-level writing, Shakespeare plays,

in college-level writing, Shakespeare plays, history of art, and language. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings. Bachelor of Fine Arts in

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance

For students who wish to work as performers or directors in theatre, television or film. The BFA trains talented and purposeful students by physically and mentally preparing them for the demands of both the art and business of theatre.

Pre-College Preparation Significant involvement in theatre productions is recommended. Talented students without previous experience may apply.

recommended. Talented students without previous experience may apply. The BFA is a four year professional degree.

The BFA is a four year professional degree. Students

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MACBETH

Bachelor of Theatre Arts

For students who wish to pursue a well-rounded, substantive theatre education within the framework of a solid liberal arts education. This degree provides flexibility for students to develop a minor area of study in consultation with the program advisor. Students may customize their programs to fit personal goals.

The BTA is not a performance or technical training program. It is designed for students who want to pursue careers in areas such as production management, arts administration, dramaturgy, or teaching.

Curriculum The BTA is a four-year professional degree. Students is customizable according to the student’s interests. One option is a Performing Arts Management Concentration – for students who wish to work in the management and administration of institutional companies as well as the commercial theatre industry.

The professional coursework includes intensive studies in Theatre Arts (acting, design, technical theatre, theatre history, directing, stage management, and more).

in college-level writing, Shakespeare plays, and screen arts and culture. Additionally, two courses within one department of Social Sciences or Humanities, and at least three courses beyond the introductory level electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

If selected, the Performing Arts Management Concentration includes at least five additional courses in Performing Arts Management, Practicum in Performing Arts Management, Topics in Drama, Producing in the American Theatre, and Uber Practicum in Arts Management. Cognate studies in accounting, marketing, business law, management and organizations, economics, or related subjects are

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Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Interarts Performance

The BFA is a four-year interdisciplinary degree jointly offered by the School of Art & Design and the Department of Theatre & Drama. This is a program for adventuresome students who have interests in the visual arts and theatre, as well as a desire to create original performance pieces.

In this degree program, students are introduced to a

diverse range of art forms and creative practices from new media to traditional acting skills, with the aim of generating work that blurs boundaries between the visual arts and performance.

Created in response to the emergence in the latter domain, combining both creative and interpretive approaches to expression in time and space, this

highly interdisciplinary program is the first of its kind

in the nation. The School of Art & Design contributes

a broad visual language vocabulary, a culture

of experimentation, and expertise with new and emerging media technologies. The School of Music, Theatre & Dance contributes training in movement,

voice, action, and narrative, as well as expertise

in the design and construction of sets, costumes

and lighting.

One of the many objectives is to produce graduates capable of creating personal new works which transcend aesthetic, discipline, and genre boundaries.

Pre-College Preparation Significant involvement in theatre and art is recommended. Talented students without previous experience in one or the other may apply.

Curriculum The BFA in Interarts Performance is a four year arts courses. The degree includes a balanced combination of selected studio courses from the

School of Art & Design and the Department of Theatre

& Drama, a component of academic elective courses

electives from across the University.

Introductory studio courses include intensive studies that provide the conceptual and physical foundation somewhat neutral tools used to express subjective notions about the world. They can be used in any context to create work. By being introduced to a wide variety of tools, students gain the advantage of many possible options.

Advanced studio courses build upon the introductory experiences, challenging students to work more independently and with greater focus. As a capstone advanced studio, students undertake a two-semester Integrative Project course during their final year. The final presentation engages a public context and is documented in both written and visual portfolios.

Academic courses in Theatre and Art & Design

provide students with visual culture and performance histories, a view of current practices covering

a wide variety of media and artistic tendencies,

and the opportunity to experience the potential of contemporary live art and artists. The course Live Art

Liberal arts coursework provides students with designed to develop familiarity with the three traditional components of a liberal arts education – humanities, social sciences and natural sciences; an introduction to analytical reasoning; an awareness of other cultures; and familiarity with contemporary environmental issues.

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Audition and Interview

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design & Production

Prepare and bring to the interview:

and training.

production supervisors.

describing your reasons for choosing a career in theatre and theatre training at Michigan.

can include any kind of creative work: drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry or metal smithing, actual set, costume or lighting design work.

You will have the opportunity to learn more about relaxed, honest, direct and yourself. Interviews are conducted in Ann Arbor.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance: Acting and Directing

Performance auditions consist of six parts. Students interested in acting complete all six parts, while students interested in directing complete only the first three:

Bring to the audition a typed and training. Include any dance or music background, in addition to roles performed. Bring a recent photo with a good likeness. Directors should also bring any materials which support their experience in production (stage management, directing or assistant directing).

Brief personal statement Bring to the audition a short essay (no longer than two double-spaced pages) describing reasons for choosing theatre training at Michigan and a theatre career. This may include goals, professional ambitions, and ideas about the field itself.

3. Interview Be prepared for a short conversation with the interviewer. This might include a discussion of your previous theatre work and your goals. It is important to be relaxed, honest, direct and yourself.

Performance Prepare two contrasting monologues from plays, not to exceed a combined total of four minutes. These selections may be from comedies or dramas of any period, although more modern works are preferred. They should not be from unpublished work. The pieces should be prepared and memorized. Try to incorporate some physical movement in at least one of the selections. The plays of Shakespeare or verse texts are not encouraged.

Workshops Participate in improvisation/movement and voice workshops.

Improvisation some, but not all, of the following tasks be rendered with specific guidelines or conditions. Listen to the instructions and try to fulfill them.

audition pieces.

set of goals and conditions.

Theatre program.

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Bachelor of Theatre Arts

Prepare each of the writings below in typed, single- spaced format. Send them separately to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Admissions Office by the application deadline. (These writings are in addition to

your personal and professional goals and how a multidisciplinary theatre degree like the BTA would aid you in achieving them.

have read or have seen performed. Discuss the play in terms of any of the following: character development, major themes, political context, mise-en-scène.

3. Using one of the three poems below as a creative catalyst, write a two-page narrative featuring the narrator as the “main character”.

Museum

Wislawa Szymborska

Here are plates but no appetite. And wedding rings, but the requited love has been gone now for some three hundred years.

Here’s a fan---where is the maiden’s blush? Here are swords---where is the ire? Not will the lute sound at the twilight hour.

Since eternity was out of stock, ten thousand aging things have been amassed instead. The moss-grown guard in golden slumber props his mustache on Exhibit Number

Eight. Metals, clay and feathers celebrate their silent triumphs over dates. Only some Egyptian flapper’s silly hairpin giggles.

The crown has outlasted the head. The hand has lost out to the glove. The right shoe has defeated the foot.

As for me, I am still alive, you see. The battle with my dress still rages on. It struggles, foolish thing, so stubbornly! Determined to keep living when I’m gone!

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Exposed on the Cliffs of the Heart Rainer Maria Rilke

Exposed on the cliffs of the heart. Look, how tiny down there, look: the last village of words and, higher, (but how tiny) still one last farmhouse of feeling. Can you see it? Exposed on the cliffs of the heart. Stoneground under your hands. Even here, though, something can bloom; on a silent cliff-edge an unknowing plant blooms, singing, into the air. But the one who knows? Ah, he began to know and is quiet now, exposed on the cliffs of the heart. While, with their full awareness, many sure-footed mountain animals pass or linger. And the great sheltered birds flies, slowly Circling, around the peak’s pure denial.—But without a shelter, here on the cliffs of the heart.

Expect Nothing

Alice Walker

Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise. Become a stranger To need of pity Or, if compassion be freely given out Take only enough Stop short of urge to plead Then purge away the need.

Wish for nothing larger Than your own small heart Or greater than a star; Tame wild disappointment With caress Unmoved and cold Make of it a parka For your soul.

Discover the reason why So tiny human giant Exists at all. So scared unwise But expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interarts Performance

audition/interview and portfolio review conducted by the Department of Theatre & Drama and the School of Art & Design.

Bring to the audition a typed and training. Include any dance or music background, in addition to roles performed. Bring a recent photo with a good likeness.

Brief personal statement Bring to the interview a short essay (no longer than two double-spaced pages) describing reasons for choosing the Interarts program. This may include goals, professional ambitions, and ideas about the field itself.

Performance Prepare two contrasting monologues from plays, not to exceed a combined total of four minutes. These selections may be from comedies or dramas of any period, although more modern works are preferred. They should not be from unpublished work. The pieces should be prepared and memorized. Try to incorporate some physical movement in at least one of the selections. The plays of Shakespeare or verse texts are not encouraged.

Workshops Participate in improvisation/movement and voice workshops.

3. Improvisation

but not all, of the following tasks be rendered with specific guidelines or conditions. Listen to the instructions and try to fulfill them.

audition pieces.

set of goals and conditions.

Theatre program.

Interview Applicants will also interview with Interarts faculty. Be prepared to discuss your experience in both Art and Theatre, and your reasons for choosing minutes) performance piece which demonstrates your own area of performance skill or interest (puppetry, and you may be asked to improvise a short biographical monologue. e.g. “What I like/dislike about riding bicycles.”

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Department of Voice
Department of Voice
The Voice Department is dedicated to the thorough training and preparation of highly talented singers
The Voice Department is dedicated to the thorough
training and preparation of highly talented singers for
professional careers. Students receive outstanding
vocal training and coaching by a distinguished,
resident
faculty. They are encouraged and mentored
to develop their highest levels of artistry, creativity, and
musicianship, while benefitting from a wide array of
performance opportunities and academic programs in
theory, history, languages, acting, dance, and pedagogy.
All roles in regularly scheduled opera,
choral, chamber music, and musical
theatre performances are performed
by students.
The Jessye Norman Master Class Series
sponsors master classes and visits by
distinguished artists, which further enrich
the curriculum.

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Degrees offered:

Bachelor of Music in Performance (BM)

Bachelor of Music in Performance with Teacher Certification

Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA)

Advising is done by faculty mentors and School officials to ensure student progress and success.

School officials to ensure student progress and success. Voice Faculty Melody Lynn Racine (Chair) Timothy Cheek

Voice Faculty

Melody Lynn Racine (Chair) Timothy Cheek (diction) Caroline Helton Freda Herseth (Arthur F. Thurnau Professor) Stephen Lusmann Joshua Major (opera) Carmen Pelton Rico Serbo Martha Sheil Robert Swedberg (opera) Daniel Washington (Associate Dean for Faculty and Multi-Cultural Affairs) Stephen West

Associated Faculty Norman Hogikyan (Medical School) Martin Katz (collaborative piano) Nadine Washington

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Bachelor of Music in Performance: Voice

(Curriculum A) is designed for those who wish to prepare for a career on the concert stage, in church solo work, radio, television, and private teaching.

Curriculum The BM is a four-year professional degree. Students

The professional coursework includes intensive studies in voice performance, opera workshop, opera chorus/production, vocal diction, piano, theory, musicology, ensembles, and conducting.

and acting. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

The BMA is also a four-year, professional degree, but with a larger commitment to liberal arts. Students

Advising is done by faculty mentors and School officials to ensure student progress and success.

Bachelor of Music in Performance:

Voice with Teacher Certification

(Curriculum B) is designed for singers who wish to perform AND teach in elementary or secondary teacher certification, typically in five years. Alternatively, a four year option is the curriculum in Choral Music Education.

Curriculum the teacher’s certificate – two credentials.

The professional coursework includes intensive studies in voice performance, opera workshop, opera chorus/production, vocal diction, piano, theory,

musicology, ensembles, and conducting.

in college-level writing, psychology, social science

electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

The education coursework includes studies

in teaching methods, psychology and human

development, multicultural society, and student teaching.

Voice Performance (Curriculum A and B) Applicants must sing from memory two selections in any language. Operatic literature is not expected; do not choose the most advanced voice literature for your audition. Aural skills may also be assessed at Ann Arbor auditions; auditionees will hear several short phrases played at the keyboard and be asked to sing them. An accompanist will be provided when

Voice Performance (Curriculum B) Applicants will also be scheduled for a piano audition and an interview with a representative of the Department of Music Education. For the piano audition, prepare to play

a composition, preferably from memory, from the

standard repertoire (such as Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Clementi, Chopin, Bartók, or Kabalevsky). Sight- reading, harmonization, and transposition skills will be tested in order to determine your keyboard placement.

Voice Principal (singers applying to degrees other than performance, e.g. Composition) Applicants must sing from memory two contrasting pieces. Aural skills may also be assessed at Ann Arbor auditions; auditionees will hear several short phrases played at the keyboard and be asked to sing them. If you have had no private voice training, ask your school or religious choir director for assistance in preparing for the audition. An accompanist will be provided when auditioning in Ann Arbor if

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“Our students are challenged and guided to express themselves as they are. The environment we
“Our students are challenged and
guided to express themselves as they
are. The environment we create – the
level of our students, the faculty, and the
artistic quality around them – inspires
our students to be the best they can be.”
Joshua Major, Assistant Professor of Opera

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Department of Winds & Percussion
Department of Winds & Percussion
The Department of Winds & Percussion offers outstanding training to talented players of woodwind, brass,
The Department of Winds & Percussion offers
outstanding training to talented players of
woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments.
Students receive thorough preparation for careers
as soloists, chamber musicians, band and orchestra
instrumentalists, and teachers.
The Department’s exceptional range
and depth of programs provide the
specialization and breadth of training to
meet individual needs and the demands
of today’s music professionals. Private
study with a major artist-teacher and
intensive performance experience are the
foundations for developing professional
instrumentalists. Students give many
public performances in orchestras, bands,
and smaller ensembles under the direction
of eminent faculty and guest conductors.
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Bachelor of Music (BM) in Performance (Curriculum A)

Bachelor of Music in Performance:

Wind Instruments (Curriculum B)

Bachelor of Music in Performance:

Wind Instruments with Teacher Certification (Curriculum C)

Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA)

Advising is done by faculty mentors and School officials to ensure student progress and success.

Winds & Percussion Faculty

Jeffrey Lyman (Chair, bassoon) Chad Burrow (clarinet) William Campbell (trumpet) David Lee Jackson (trombone) Fritz A. Kaenzig (tuba and euphonium) Nancy Ambrose King (oboe) Amy Porter (flute) Donald Sinta (Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Earl V. Moore Professor of Music; saxophone) Michael W. Udow (percussion) Adam Unsworth (horn)

Associated Faculty Ian Ding (percussion) Brian Jones (percussion) Bryan Kennedy (horn) William King (chamber music) Cary Kocher (percussion)

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The BM programs are four-year professional degrees.

The BMA is also a four-year professional degree, but with a larger commitment to liberal arts. Students take

Pre-College Preparation The student must show evidence of exceptionally strong ability, training, and repertoire; piano study is recommended.

Bachelor of Music in Performance:

Performance Major

(Curriculum A) is designed for those brass, woodwind, and percussion players who wish to prepare for a professional performance and teaching career.

Curriculum The professional coursework includes intensive studies in performance, theory, musicology, piano, ensembles, and chamber music. A culminating senior

in college-level writing. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

Bachelor of Music in Performance:

Wind Instruments Major

(Curriculum B) is designed for students who wish to prepare for a professional performance and teaching career on their major instrument and related instruments (i.e., woodwind specialist, brass specialist). Emphasis is placed on performance in both the major and related instruments.

Curriculum The professional coursework includes intensive studies in performance, theory, musicology, piano, conducting, secondary instruments, ensembles, and chamber music. A culminating senior recital

in college-level writing. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

Bachelor of Music in Performance:

Wind Instruments Major with Teacher Certification

(Curriculum C) is designed for those students who wish to prepare for a professional performance and teaching career in elementary or secondary schools. This degree emphasizes major instrument performance and pedagogy.

Curriculum and the teacher’s certificate – two credentials.

The professional coursework includes intensive studies in performance, theory, musicology, piano, conducting, secondary instruments, ensembles, and chamber music. A culminating senior recital

in college-level writing, psychology, social science electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.

The education coursework includes studies in teaching methods, psychology and human development, multicultural society, and student teaching.

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“In coming [back] to Ann Arbor, I became reaffiliated with the great university that made me a musician, and welcomed a chance to work intensively with students, to be involved in their

development.” UM alum Joseph Gramley, Assistant Professor of Percussion

with students, to be involved in their development.” UM alum Joseph Gramley, Assistant Professor of Percussion
with students, to be involved in their development.” UM alum Joseph Gramley, Assistant Professor of Percussion

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“…audition committees are looking for ‘liberated musicianship.’” Daniel Gilbert,

Associate Professor of Clarinet

Your private teacher knows the depth of your artistic ability and your technical facility. It is best to discuss audition repertoire with the individual instructor(s) who know you best.

provided for in-person auditions. An accompanist is recommended for a recorded audition. Applicants to the Wind Instruments Major with Teacher Certification (Curriculum C) will also be scheduled for an interview with a representative of the Department of Music Education.

Bassoon

Prepare one or two movements from a standard concerto, sonata or major solo work for bassoon and Concert Studies by Ludwig Milde.

Clarinet

Prepare a minimum of two compositions of your choice from the basic repertoire representing different styles, and two etudes showing legato style and articulation. In the case of compositions with several movements, it may not be necessary to play the complete work.

Euphonium

Prepare ten to fifteen minutes of solo or etude literature representing your highest level of proficiency. You may be asked to sight-read and to play two- octave major and chromatic scales from memory.

Flute

Prepare three compositions from the standard solo flute repertoire and two orchestral excerpts representing your highest level of proficiency. Please include a movement of a concerto as one of your selections. You may perform one movement from a composition with multiple movements or an advanced etude. Representative audition repertoire would be Mozart concerti, Paris Conservatoire pieces,

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Memorization of the solo repertoire and excerpts is of all major, minor, and chromatic scales is assumed and may be assessed at the audition. Competitive undergraduate applicants typically have a minimum of five years of private study and significant ensemble experience.

Horn

Prepare twenty minutes of solo/etude/excerpt literature representing different styles and your highest level of proficiency. You will be asked to sight-read and to play two-octave major and minor scales. Memorization is expected for scales only.

Oboe

Prepare approximately twenty minutes of major solo century periods. Knowledge of all major and minor

scales is assumed, and sight-reading will be assessed

at the audition.

Percussion

Please select music from the solo, concerto, and orchestral literature which demonstrates your highest musical and technical abilities in snare drum, mallet-keyboard instruments, and timpani. Orchestral Sight-reading and timpani tuning will be evaluated. discouraged.

Auditions in Ann Arbor are highly preferred; recorded auditions will be considered only in unusual

circumstances. If you wish to audition via DVD, please permission before preparing your recording.

If you have a performance of a solo or chamber music multiple percussion work, or you have percussion skills in the areas of drum set, pan, and/or hand drumming, please bring a non-returnable copy of

a DVD of your playing demonstrating your highest

musical and technical abilities in those areas.

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Saxophone

Prepare fifteen minutes of alto saxophone solo literature representing your highest proficiency. Suggested literature: Sonata by Creston, Concertino Cadence et Finale by Desenclos. The audition will include testing for tuning response. Jazz improvisation skills are welcomed and you are encouraged to a supplementary jazz audition on the application.

Trombone

Prepare fifteen minutes of contrasting solo and/or etude literature that represents your highest level of proficiency. You may be asked to sight-read and to play two-octave major scales from memory.

Trumpet

Prepare twenty minutes of the standard solo recital literature for trumpet along with excerpts from the orchestral repertoire representing your highest level of proficiency. You may be asked to sight-read and to play two-octave major, minor, and chromatic scales solo literature.

Tuba

Prepare ten to fifteen minutes of solo or etude literature and/or orchestral excerpts representing your highest level of proficiency. You may be asked to sight-read and to play two-octave major and chromatic scales from memory. Memorization is not

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“No other school within the university… give[s] you such a sense of community or belonging.
“No other school within the university…
give[s] you such a sense of community
or belonging. We are constantly
interacting with each other, bettering
each other as we better ourselves… that
‘relentless pursuit of excellence’ we
all desire and strive to achieve.”
Scott Copeland, BM Trumpet Performance 2009

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Administrative Officers

Christopher Kendall / Dean

Mary Simoni / Associate Dean for Research and Community Engagement

Daniel Washington / Associate Dean for Faculty and Multi-Cultural Affairs

/ Associate Dean for Faculty and Multi-Cultural Affairs Steven M. Whiting / Associate Dean for Graduate

Steven M. Whiting / Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

Betty Anne Younker / Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Laura Hoffman / Assistant Dean for Admissions and Enrollment Management

Kevin Geralds / Chief Administrative Officer

Contact Information

School of Music, Theatre & Dance Programs and Admissions: smtd.admissions@umich.edu Visit us also on Facebook!

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Laura Hoffman, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Enrollment Management 734.754.0593, lauras@umich.edu

Trisha Fountain, Assistant Director for Admissions 734.936.0300, tvfount@umich.edu

Emily Perryman, Senior Admissions Officer 734.763.7558, emilycp@umich.edu

Debbie Siefker, Senior Admissions Officer 734.763.7582, debbiese@umich.edu

Music and Musical Theatre Auditions Kate Harkness 734.763.6677, music.auditions@umich.edu

Dance Auditions Samantha Strayer 734.763.5460, dance.auditions@umich.edu

Theatre Auditions Rebecca Seauvageau 734.764.5350, bseauv@umich.edu

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