School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041
smtd@oakland.edu

School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041
smtd@oakland.edu

musicians dressed in black, playing wind instruments

About Us

Each day, Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) is alive with the sights and sounds of performing arts education. Collaborating with world-class faculty, students are transformed through experiences in the classroom, rehearsal space, practice room, studio and beyond. Diverse performance opportunities abound for both students and audiences.

The Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).

Message from the Director

On behalf of our faculty, staff and students, welcome to the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance. We are immensely proud of the innovative and transformative work of our students and faculty, and are excited to share it with you. Whether you hope to major or minor in music, theatre or dance or are looking for a performance to attend, we hope this website will provide the information you need.

The essence of the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance may be found in our mission statement:

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance provides pre-professional, professional, liberal arts and general education in the performing arts through artistically-grounded academic programs and diverse performance opportunities.

Our work is kinetic, alive, visceral––occurring collaboratively among learners and teachers, realizing learner potential, cultivating unique artistic voice––in artistically rigorous, authentic, interactive environments.

The Oakland University SMTD experience is about being a part of a community dedicated to learning in music, theatre and dance. It is not unusual to hear our current students and alumni refer to their “MTD Family.” This sense of community permeates all that we do, as students and faculty collaborate to explore the role of the performing arts in today’s world.

SMTD is large enough to offer a full range of course and performance opportunities, but small enough to provide individual attention to each student from the moment they arrive on campus until they graduate. We offer a safe and supportive learning environment to explore your artistic potential as you move toward your personal and professional goals. Our alumni are working across the state, nation and world, making significant contributions in a range of careers in the arts.

Students interested in pursuing a degree in music, theatre or dance should schedule a Major for a Day visit to our campus or attend another campus event such as MTD Day or Go for the Gold to learn more about us. In addition to our website, please follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and subscribe to our newsletter for the latest information.

Each day, our incredible students and dedicated faculty inspire me, and I hope you will explore our website and come to campus to see why.

Sincerely,

Joseph Shively
Interim Director
School of Music, Theatre and Dance

Mission

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance provides pre-professional, professional, liberal arts, and general education in the performing arts through artistically-grounded academic programs and diverse performance opportunities.

Our work is kinetic, alive, visceral––occurring collaboratively among learners and teachers, realizing learner potential, cultivating unique artistic voice––in artistically rigorous, authentic, interactive environments.

Facilities

Varner Hall, located at the southeast corner of the main campus, is the center of performing arts at Oakland University. MTD facilities within Varner Hall include:

  • Varner Recital Hall
  • Varner Studio Theatre
  • Varner Laboratory Theatre
Varner Recital Hall can seat up to 425 people, including 10 handicap/wheelchair seats. The Studio Theatre capacity and seating chart varies by performance, ranging between 90-150 people.
General Info
Accessibility
Varner Hall’s performance facilities can accommodate special needs on a limited basis. Accessible restrooms are located on the second floor. These are easily accessed from Varner Recital Hall’s upper level seating or from the first floor and Studio Theatre, via the elevators at the Varner Recital Hall entrance to Varner Hall.

For your convenience, we recommend using the elevators near the "Varner Recital Hall" entrance (parking lot 26) when attending performances at Varner Recital Hall.

Please contact the Box Office at (248) 370-4578 in advance of the performance you wish to attend for information and special assistance.

Parking
Free parking is available in several lots adjacent to Varner Hall, including lots 36, 26 and 24. For more information on parking on OU’s campus, see the parking page.

Lockers
Lockers are available for students on the first floor of Varner Hall. To obtain a locker see the departmental secretary in 207 Varner Hall.
Rentals
To rent any of the MTD facilities or equipment, email mtdroom@oakland.edu.

Facility, Services and Equipment Rental
MTD's Varner Hall facilities and equipment are available to rent.

To request the use of any MTD facility and/or personnel, submit the Scheduling Form to the Office of Scheduling, 203 Varner Hall. To request MTD services and equipment, submit the Services and Equipment Request Form to the Office of Scheduling, 203 Varner Hall.