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Each day, the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance is alive with the sights and sounds of performing arts education. Whether alum or friend, you are a member of the “SMTD Family” and we are seeking your assistance in supporting the education of the newest generation of our students, as well as generations to come. 

These are the primary funds of SMTD. You may designate your gift to one or more funds. If you would like to designate your gift to more than one fund, click on one of the funds below and edit Selected Designations to add additional funds. You may search for the fund(s) by name or scroll down the College of Arts and Sciences funds. You will be able to indicate the percentage of your gift that should go to each fund.


List of Primary SMTD Funds (click on the fund name to give)
SMTD Scholarship Gifts (39862)   allows us to award additional scholarship funding to attract and retain more high quality students.
The SMTD General Gift Fund (30050)
 provides support for the School of Music, Theatre and Dance that can be used to support the mission of the school.
The SMTD Music Gift Fund (30051)  allows us to further support a range of program needs in the Department of Music.
The SMTD Theatre Gift Fund (30052)  allows us to further support a range of program needs in the Department of Theatre.
The SMTD Dance Gift Fund (30053)  allows us to further support a range of program needs in the Department of Dance.

Featured Fund:
Oakland Chorale Summer 2022 Europe Trip Gifts will support the tri-annual Oakland Chorale European Concert Tour, helping to keep this trip affordable for the Oakland Chorale members. This study abroad program allows students to experience life on the road, while providing them with the opportunity to perform at concert venues at locations across Europe including Portugal and Spain. On this ten-day tour students will also learn about the history, culture and musical life at each location.  

Find out more information about how to make a gift, including by mail or phone.

If you need further information, please contact University Advancement at [email protected] or (248) 370-4504. Also you may search the List of Funds for additional funds related to SMTD.

We are grateful for your generosity as it will help the students in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance reach new heights.


The Friends of MTD will provide scholarships and program support for SMTD students. Giving through the Friends of MTD is the ideal opportunity for alumni and supporters to celebrate the proud history of music, theatre, and dance at Oakland University as we enter our second year as a school. We would not be where we are today without each of you and invite you to help us take our next steps as a school. Increased scholarship funding will allow us to attract even more outstanding students and having scholarship support will enable our students to focus more of their energies on school. Resources for program support will help us provide increasingly varied, high-quality learning experiences for all our students.

There are a variety of MTD funds to which you may contribute annually either as a one-time gift or as a recurring gift over a specific number of months of your choice within a year. Every gift has the potential to make a tremendous difference in the educational experience of our students, and every donor to our funds will be identified as Friend of MTD. Donors giving for three consecutive years will become members of the Oakland University Black and Gold Society.


Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, SMTD received a $100,000 gift and the challenge to match the gift dollar to dollar by June 30, 2020. This donor's investment in our students inspired us to achieve this goal, and even in the middle of a pandemic we were able to meet the match, securing over $200,000 for SMTD scholarships, student and faculty research, and other special programs. Thank you! 

If you're interested in making a gift, please contact Lori Posey at [email protected] or (248) 370-2650.

School of Music, Theatre and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041