University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
|School of Music, Theatre & Dance|
|Location||Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA|
The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance is an undergraduate and graduate institution for the performing arts in the United States. It is part of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. The School of Music, Theatre & Dance was founded in 1880 and is currently headed by Christopher Kendall, dean.
With the exception of the Department of Dance, the School is located on the University of Michigan's North Campus, which is also home to the College of Engineering, the School of Information, and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
The school was called the School of Music until it adopted its current name on July 1, 2006. 
Among other buildings, north campus houses the Moore Building, home of the School of Music, the Walgreen Drama Center and the Arthur Miller Theatre, home of the Department of Theatre and Drama and Department of Musical Theatre. The Arthur Miller Theatre is the only theater given permission by the estate of Arthur Miller to bear the playwright's name, while the Walgreen Drama Center also provides performance space to Basement Arts, a club for university students which produces free theater. Basement Arts was the original producer of A Very Potter Musical, which gave rise to the careers of Darren Criss and Joey Richter via their production company, StarKid Productions.
History of the Moore Building
When Eero Saarinen was commissioned to design the master plan for the University of Michigan’s North Campus, he requested to design the music school building, which is now known as the Earl V. Moore Building, and is home to the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance.
The original scheme called for an L-shaped building and a circular concert hall. Completed in 1964, the result was a five-level pavilion with flanking wings. Saarinen envisioned a building in harmony with nature, and so designed the building to be built into a hill overlooking a pond. The brick-clad concrete structure has narrow vertical windows that contrast with the horizontal brick patterns, thought to represent the alternating colors of piano keys. The brick color is known as “Cranbrook Buff” for its reference to the color of the buildings on the campus of the Cranbrook Education Community. The style of this building has influenced almost all of the later construction on North Campus.
The building contains 2 rehearsal/concert halls, 45 performance teaching studios, 18 classrooms, 40 offices, a large library, 120 practice rooms, including 12 organ practice rooms, and other special facilities for piano, harp, harpsichord and percussion practice. The construction of this building allowed for the first increase in enrollment since 1946.
During construction of the building, Saarinen was diagnosed with a brain tumor, but he was able to watch the progress of the building from his room at University Hospital.
Renovation of the Moore Building
On October 30, 2012, University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman announced an $8-million gift from William K. Brehm and Delores S. Brehm, a major contribution toward the $23 million cost of renovating and expanding the Moore Building. Of the total cost, another $14 million is allocated from the university, with the remaining balance to come from additional fundraising, including a gift from Glenn E. Watkins, emeritus professor of musicology. Construction for the project will commence in early 2014 and is expected to take about two years to complete. The announcement follows a $32.5 million gift to the Art and Design School by Penny and E. Roe Stamps, now known as the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.
- A complete list of list of University of Michigan arts alumni is also available. Well known alumni include Arthur Miller, James Earl Jones, Gavin Creel, Darren Criss, David Alan Grier, Lucy Liu, Joey Richter and James Wolk.
Fifteen departments make up the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. They include:
- The Department of Composition - Faculty include Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, Erik Santos, Bright Sheng, Kristin Kuster, and Paul Schoenfield. Visiting Professors of Composition have included Betsy Jolas, Karen Tanaka, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe.
- The Department of Conducting - A graduate-only program. Faculty include Jerry O. Blackstone, Scott Boerma, Rodney Dorsey, Michael Haithcock, Kenneth Kiesler, Susan Walton, Eugene Rogers, and John Pasquale.
- The Department of Dance - Faculty include Bill DeYoung, Melissa Beck, Amy Chavasse, Mary Cole, Sandra Torijano DeYoung, Jessica Fogel, Beth Genné, Linda D. Goodrich-Weng, Christian Matjias Mecca, Judy Rice, Stephen J. Rush, Peter Sparling, Robin Wilson, and Jean-Claude Biza.
- The Department of Jazz and Improvisation Studies - Faculty include Edward W. Sarath, Geri Allen, Michael Gould, Robert Hurst, Ellen H. Rowe, Andrew Bishop, Dennis Wilson, Marion Hayden, Mark Kirschenmann, William Lucas, and Martha Travers.
- The Department of Music Education - Faculty include Marie McCarthy, Colleen M. Conway, Carol P. Richardson, Julie Skadsem, and Michael Hopkin.s
- The Department of Music Theory - Faculty include Walter T. Everett, Patricia Hall, Alan Gosman, Aleksandra Vojcic, Karen Fournier, Marion A. Guck, Kevin E. Korsyn, Andrew W. Mead, Wayne C. Petty, and Ramon Satyendra.
- The Department of Musical Theatre - Faculty include Brent Wagner, Gerald DePuit, Linda D. Goodrich-Weng, Cynthia Kortman Westphal, Mark Madama, Melody Racine, Joan Morris, and Elizabeth Schmidt.
- The Department of Musicology - Faculty include Joseph S. C. Lam, Judith Becker (emerita), James M. Borders, Christi-Anne Castro, Meilu Ho, Mark Clague, Charles Garrett, Jason Geary, Stefano Mengozzi, Lester P. Monts, Louise K. Stein, and Steven M. Whiting.
- The Department of Performing Arts Technology - Faculty include Jason Corey, Andrew Kirshner, Stephen Rush, Erik Santos, Alicyn Warren, Michael Gurevich, and Sile O'Modhrain.
- The Department of Piano - Faculty include Martin Katz, Arthur Greene, Christopher Harding, Logan Skelton, Louis Nagel, John Ellis, Katherine Collier.
- The Department of Strings - Faculty include Joan R. Holland, Richard Aaron, Anthony Elliott, Yehonatan Berick, Aaron Berofsky, Diana Gannett (Chair), Andrew Jennings, Yizhak Schotten and Stephen Shipps. Associated Faculty includes, Caroline Coade, Robert Culver and Stephen Molina.
- The Department of Theatre and Drama - Faculty include Priscilla Lindsay, John Neville-Andrews, Malcolm Tulip, Vincent Mountain, Robert Murphy III, Christianne Myers, Jessica Hahn, Gary Decker, Leigh Woods, Mbala Nkanga, E.J. Westlake, Janet Maylie, and OyamO. *The BFA in Interarts Performance, which requires joint enrollment in the Department of Theatre and Drama and the Stamps School of Art and Design, allows students to work with Holly Hughes, one of the controversial performance artists known as the NEA Four.
- The Department of Voice- Faculty include Freda Herseth, George Shirley, Martha Sheil, Carmen Pelton, Stephen Lusmann, Melody Racine, Rico Serbo, Daniel Washington, Stephen West, Caroline Helton, Scott Piper, Stanford Olsen, Timothy Cheek and Joshua Major.
- The Department of Winds and Percussion - Faculty include Nancy Ambrose King, Amy Porter, Dan Gilbert, Chad Burrow, William Campbell, David Jackson, Fritz Kaenzig, Jeffrey Lyman, Joseph Gramley, Jonathan Ovalle, Ian Ding, Brian Jones, Cary Kocher, Adam Unsworth, and Donald Sinta.
Michigan Performance Outreach Workshop
- In 2011, musical theatre students Ashley Park and Laura Reed founded the Michigan Performance Outreach Workshop, or MPOW. The group coordinates a one day event every semester which brings in students from Detroit Public Schools for a day of arts performances and lessons. All of the activities and performances are given and led by U of M students from a variety of disciplines, including singers, dancers, musicians and actors. The event is provided free of charge and includes lunch for DPS students, and is dedicated to providing youth who have limited creative outlets with exposure to as many aspects of the performing arts as possible.
The Gershwin Initiative
- The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance has entered into a long-term partnership with the Gershwin family to undertake a two-part initiative that will bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin to students, scholars, performers and audiences across campus and worldwide. The Gershwin Initiative includes 1) a new scholarly edition of George and Ira’s creative work, plus 2) educational opportunities for U-M students to perform and learn about the Gershwins’ art.
- American Music Institute
- Michigan Modern
- Brehm gift launches building expansion at U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance
- U-M Amerigrove Project
- Gershwin Initiative
- About North Campus, Go North. Retrieved 12 February 2013.