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                  MTD's April 2012 newsletter                   Volume 14                                                                                              
Musical Theatre Heads to New York
  Every spring, the seniors in the Musical Theatre program take a trip to New York . . . We'll let program director Associate Professor Fred Love explain: "The Senior Showcase is a very important final step in the education of [our] students. On March 3, with the generous support of the Office of the President and Provost, we sent 13 seniors to the Mint Theatre in New York to audition for casting directors and agents. Think of the Showcase presentation as a glimpse into a very important part of the professional stage and film industry – the audition. Each student had only two minutes to "showcase" his/her abilities: a short monologue or song showing the artist's versatility in acting and singing styles, movement ability, and other talents unique to the individual."
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MTD April News
 We have so many congratulations to hand out this month and so little space.
 Announced just in time to make it into this month's newsletter were the newly appointed Travis Professorships. These awards are supported by an endowment from Doris Eaton Travis and Paul Travis. They recognize outstanding accomplishments in teaching, research and/or professional service in the arts. Doris Travis had a distinguished career as a performer and business owner and was a longtime supporter of the arts. This year's recipients are Associate Professor of Music Kenneth Kroesche and Associate Professor of Theatre Fred Love.
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Matilda and Friends
 Every spring Music, Theatre and Dance invites friends and family to gather and celebrate the hard work and achievements of the students receiving the department's prestigious MaTilDa Awards. The awards are named after Matilda Dodge Wilson who may be considered OU's very first friend. It was she who donated the land and the seed money for the university.
  Matilda Rausch Dodge Wilson was born in 1883 in Walkerton, Ontario to German immigrant parents. In 1884 the family moved to Detroit, where her father ran a downtown bar and her mother kept the boarding house next door.
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Gregory Patterson: A Life in Dance
 Associate Professor of Dance and head of the dance program Greg Patterson always knew he loved dance. Growing up, he would watch Michael Jackson on the television and copy all the moves with an ease that came naturally to him. Within the extended family, Greg's father would encourage him to entertain aunts and cousins. "Show them that move, Greg," his father would say. But in public, Mr Patterson senior was reluctant to have his son behave in a way that might be perceived as confirming white people's stereotypes of African-American men. "Just recently," Greg said, "my mother told me about an incident I had no memory of." His father had been very angry with him for dancing while waiting in line for ice cream.
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Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance

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2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
(248) 370-2030
Upcoming Events


Sunday 4/1, 7pm
Student Chamber Ensembles

Monday 4/2, 8pm
Percussion Ensemble

Tuesday 4/3, 8pm
Guitar Studio & Ensemble

Thursday 4/5, 6pm
MTD Faculty Collaboration

Thursday 4/5, 8pm
OU Jazz Band with
Diego Rivera

Sunday 4/8, 8pm
Monday 4/9, 8pm
Tuesday 4/10, 8pm
Wednesday 4/11, 8pm
Meadow Brook Estates Cabaret

Wednesday 4/11, 8pm Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band

Thursday 4/12, 8pm
Friday 4/13, 8pm
Saturday 4/14, 8pm
Sunday 4/15, 2pm
Company Class Production

Thursday 4/12, 8pm
Friday 4/13, 8pm
Saturday 4/14, 2pm
& 8pm
Sunday 4/15, 2pm
Young Choreographers' Forum

Friday 4/13, 8pm
Saturday 4/14, 8pm
University Chorus
& Oakland Chorale

Sunday 4/15, 15pm
Oakland Chamber Players

Thursday 4/26, 6pm
Meadow Brook Estate
Musical Theatre

Saturday 5/5
Brass Day

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