University Programs

UMS believes that experiences with the performing arts can enrich and enliven academic inquiry across all disciplines. As we continue to expand and strengthen our long-standing and distinctive partnership with the University of Michigan, we are committed to creating uncommon learning opportunities for students and faculty both in and outside the classroom.

The Education and Community Engagement Department at UMS contributes to the rich intellectual life of the University of Michigan in a myriad of ways:

  • providing master classes with world-class artists for pre-professional students in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance
  • partnering with the Medical School to animate the Medical Arts program
  • working with dozens of individual faculty members and units on campus to link specific UMS performances to courses across the curriculum.

Mellon Initiative

In 2013, UMS joined a select group of major university arts presenters who were awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to diversify and strengthen arts-academic integration in the undergraduate curriculum at the University of Michigan.

The initiative includes the UMS-based course “Engaging Performance,” team-taught by faculty from LSA and SMTD and designed to increase arts literacy among non-arts students; the Faculty Institute on Arts/Academic Integration in collaboration with the LSA Dean’s Office; and the Faculty Insight Group.

The Faculty Insight Group advises our staff on best practices for arts integrative learning. Faculty Insight Group members, representing a broad range of schools and academic disciplines, meet regularly throughout the year to view UMS performances, discuss season planning, and explore opportunities to more deeply and systematically integrate our programming into the academic life of the University.

Group Members

  • Mark Clague, Musicology (SMTD)
  • Clare Croft, Dance (SMTD)
  • Philip J. Deloria, History and American Culture (LSA)
  • Angela Dillard, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education; Afroamerican and African Studies and Residential College (LSA)
  • Gillian Eaton, Theatre (SMTD)
  • Linda Gregerson, English (LSA)
  • Marjorie Horton, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education (LSA)
  • Joel Howell, Internal Medicine (Medical School), Health Management and Policy (School of Public Health), History (LSA)
  • Daniel Klionsky, Life Sciences and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (LSA)
  • Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, American Culture, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Women’s Studies (LSA)
  • Tim McKay, Academic Program Director of the Honors Program, Physics (LSA), Education (School of Education)
  • Lester Monts, Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Professor of Music(SMTD), Special Advisor for the Confucius Institute
  • Melody Racine, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (SMTD), Voice (SMTD)
  • Katie Richards-Schuster, Social Work (School of Social Work)
  • Sidonie Smith, Director of the Institute for the Humanities, English and Women’s Studies (LSA)
  • Emily Wilcox, Asian Languages and Cultures (LSA)

UMS in the Curriculum

NEW! UMS Course Development Grants

University of Michigan faculty of all disciplines and ranks are invited to propose courses that feature UMS’s 2017-18 programs in their instructional design for our new Course Development Grant program, which supports our goal of more broadly integrating the arts and arts-based learning strategies across the University curriculum.

Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, UMS will fund 5-8 courses per semester. Faculty fellows will receive $1,000 in salary supplement and $500 in course development funds.

Course development funds can be used towards:

  • Books and other research materials
  • Honoraria for guest speakers
  • Student ticket/admission costs to performances, museums, etc.
  • Transportation costs to/from arts events
  • Other relevant course costs with approval

Grantees will also receive curricular support from UMS Education and Community Engagement Staff, as well as special consideration for interactions with UMS visiting and teaching artists (subject to artist availability).

How to apply

To apply for 2017-2018 season, please fill out the following form to register your interest. We will then email you a confidential season planning document along with the link to the full application. Our Fall 2017 season will feature, among others, a large-scale orchestral residency by an American orchestra, a major work by a European theatre company, a concert by a large Asian orchestra, a contemporary dance work featuring live music inspired by classical Asian traditions. Our Winter 2018 season will feature several contemporary theatre works addressing major social issues, a concert performance of a major operatic work, an immersive performance of works by a string quartet master, and performances by major dance companies in both ballet and modern dance.

Deadline for proposals: April 17, 2017
Notification date: April 24, 2017


Questions? Please contact Shannon Fitzsimons Moen, UMS Campus Engagement Specialist, at or (734) 764-3903.

Bringing Students to Performances

UMS is proud to offer several programs that reduce the cost of attending UMS performances for students.

Student tickets

College students get $12 or $20 tickets, depending on seat location. Review full student ticket policy.

Classroom tickets

$15 classroom tickets to our performances for U-M classes that require students to attend performances at part of their coursework. For certain performances, the number of classroom tickets available may be limited. To arrange classroom tickets for your course, please email

Funds for instructors

Arts at Michigan provides grants of up to $500 for faculty, staff, or graduate student instructors to incorporate arts-based learning activities into their courses. These funds may be used to buy tickets for students to attend a performance. Please visit the Arts at Michigan site for application information, and well as to learn about additional faculty funding opportunities for arts-integrated learning.

Arts in Context Guide to Performances

Twice yearly, we release a guide to support faculty in incorporating UMS performances into their classes. “Arts in Context: UMS in the Classroom” provides suggested curricular ties for each performance in our season, both by department and by key topics and themes. In addition, the guide provides dialogue prompts to spark in-class discussion, and links to high-quality contextual materials online.

2015-16 Guide (PDF) | 2014-15 Guide (PDF) | 2013-14 Guide (PDF)

Fall 2016 Courses Engaged with UMS

Each year, dozens of U-M classes across the curriculum incorporate UMS performances into their course design. By using one or more of our live performances in conversation with other texts, faculty and students are able to draw new connections between disciplines.

The following courses will use UMS performances in Winter 2017; this list will be updated as more classes are confirmed.

ARTSADMN 406/506, Section 005
Sat, Jan 14 & Feb 18 10-11 am, Sat-Sun Jan 28-29 9 am -5 pm
Instructors: Members of the New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist Faculty.

English 290.010/ALA 260.001/MUSPERF 200.001
Engaging Performance
Instructors: Madhumita Lahiri and Anita Gonzalez

Practices of American Culture
Instructor: Manan Desai

Anthropology of Death, Dying and the Afterlife
Instructor: Eric Mueggler

The History of Islam in South Asia
Instructor: Farina Mir

CLCIV 350: Topics In Classical Civilization
Section 001: Comedy and Performance
Instructor: Ruth Caston

ENGLISH 340.001
Poetry Moves off the Page
Instructor: Tung-Hui Hu

Germany and the Black Diaspora
Instructor: Kira Thurman

HISTORY 232.005
Christians of the Middle East: The Armenian Expereince
Instructor: Hakem Al-Rustom

HISTORY 407.001
Global Cultural Encounters Since 1800
Instructor: Kira Thurman

HONORS 230.010/HISTORY 231.010
Histories of Human Experimentation
Instructor: Joel Howell

The UMS Theatre Season
Instructor: Martin Walsh

On Listening
Instructor: Hank Greenspan

Physics of Music
Instructor: Christina Aidala

Sensuous Pleasures: China’s Forbidden Novel, Jin Ping Mei
Instructor: SE Kile

Theories and Practices for Community Action and Social Change
Instructor: Adisa Chaney

The Spanish Comedia
Instructor: Enrique Garcia Santo-Tomazs

THTREMUS 403/404
Design and Production Seminar
Instructor: Christianne Myers

Faculty Institute

The UMS Mellon Institute on Arts-Academic Integration, organized by UMS and the College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts, explores ways for faculty to meaningfully incorporate performance and arts-based learning into their teaching. The program is made possible through a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Faculty Institute is a two-year experience. In Year One, faculty fellows participate in a two-day intensive workshop and a series of professional development seminars and workshops to develop a new or revised course that incorporates the performing arts and arts-based learning strategies. In Year Two, fellows can continue to participate in workshops as they implement their teaching projects.

The next UMS Mellon Institute on Arts-Academic Integration for LSA Faculty will take place on May 4-5, 2016. When open, application details are available on this page.

2016-2018 UMS Mellon Faculty Fellows

  • Naomi Andre, Associate Professor in Women’s Studies, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies; Associate Director for Faculty at the Residential College; Associate Professor, Arts and Ideas in the Humanities Program
  • Gavin Arnall, Assistant Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Netta Berlin, Lecturer, Classical Studies
  • Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, Associate Professor, History and American Culture
  • Reighan Gillam, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies and African and Afro-American Studies
  • Karein Goertz, Lecturer, Residential College
  • Elizabeth Goodenough, Lecturer, Arts and Ideas, Residential College
  • Madhumita Lahiri, Assistant Professor, English, Screen Arts and Cultures
  • Laura Olsen, Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Academic Program Director, Undergraduate Program in Biology, Professor of Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Ana Sabau Fernandez, Assistant Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Martin Strauss, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Kira Thurman, Assistant Professor, German and History

2015-2017 UMS Mellon Faculty Fellows

  • Sara Ahbel-Rappe, Professor of Classical Studies
  • Christine Aidala, Assistant Professor of Physics
  • Paul Barron, Lecturer of English Language and Literature/Lecturer at Sweetland Writing Center
  • Manan Desai, Assistant Professor of American Culture
  • Ana Fernandez, Lecturer in the Residential College (Visual Arts)
  • Nancy Florida, Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Hank Greenspan, Lecturer in the Residential College (Psychology)
  • Kristin Hass, Associate Professor/Director of Graduate Studies of American Culture
  • Tung-Hui Hu, Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature
  • S.E. Kile, Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Victoria Langland, Associate Professor of History and Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Enrique Garcia Santo-Tomas, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Luis Sfeir-Younis, Lecturer in Sociology
  • Ramona Uritescu-Lombard, Lecturer in Germanic Languages and Literatures/Romance Languages and Literatures

2014-2016 UMS Mellon Faculty Fellows

  • Kelly Askew, Associate Professor, Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies
  • Amy Sara Carroll, Assistant Professor, American Culture and English Language and Literature
  • Ruth Caston, Assistant Professor, Classical Studies
  • Deirdre de la Cruz, Assistant Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures and History
  • Scott Ellsworth, Lecturer, Afroamerican and African Studies
  • Jeffrey Evans, Associate Professor of Psychology and Faculty Counselor, Residential College, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Medical School
  • Linda Gregerson, Professor, English Language and Literature
  • Colin Gunckel, Assistant Professor, American Culture and Screen Arts and Cultures
  • Petra Kuppers, Professor, English Languages and Literatures, Women’s Studies, Art, and Theatre
  • Farina Mir, Associate Professor, History and Director, Center for South Asian Studies)
  • Adela Pinch, Professor, English and Women’s Studies
  • Colleen Seifert, Professor, Psychology
  • Carol Tell, Director, Lloyd Hall Scholars Program, and Lecturer, Sweetland Writing Center
  • Cody Walker, Lecturer, English Language and Literature