The Ann Arbor Society for Musical Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that hosts six concerts and sponsors two youth competitions every year.

Winners of the 2014 SMA Young Artist Competition

Young Artist Competition winners

(from left) Doyeon Kim, Phoebe Wu and Siyuan Li

Siyuan Li, first place winner

Siyuan Li, first place winner

On February 1, the SMA Young Artist’s Competition was held at University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance. Piano was the focus of this year’s competition. Faculty member Sandra Vojcic coordinated the event. Many thanks to Gay Rosenwald, Nancy Murphy, and Deborah Ash from Society for Musical Arts who were there assisting as competition sponsors.

Here are the winners:

First Place:  Siyuan Li

Second Place:  Phoebe Wu

Third Place:  Doyeon Kim

Siyuan Li, as our First Prize winner, will be featured on our SMA 2014 Concert Series in the fall. Siyuan is a first year doctoral student, studying with Arthur Greene; she holds a MM from the U of M, and an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, where she studied with Monique Duphil.

Photos by Deborah Rebeck Ash

Winners of the 2014 Rosalie Edwards Youth Music Competition

The Ann Arbor Society for Musical Arts, in conjunction with the Ann Arbor City Club, presents the Winners of the 2014 Rosalie Edwards Youth Music Competition on Wednesday, March 19th at 10:30 a.m. at the Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor.

First Place: Skyline High School student, 14-year-old FORREST FLESHER, piano. For the competition, Mr. Flesher performed the Rachmaninoff Prelude Op. 23 #5 and the Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody #3. Mr. Flesher won Second Prize in last year’s competition, at age 13.

Tied for Second Place: Pioneer High School student, 17-year-old SARAH XIE, piano, and Dexter High School student, 17-year-old PADDY HARVEY, cello.

Tied for Third Place: Skyline High School student, 16-year-old CHIHIRO KAKISHIMA, violin, and Skyline High School student, 14-year-old ANNIE HUANG, piano.

The annual Ann Arbor Society for Musical Arts Rosalie Edwards Youth Music Competition is open to musicians ages 13–18 who reside in Washtenaw County. Participants in this competition are professionally judged and the winners receive cash awards, publicity and a performance opportunity in Society for Musical Arts’ concert series.

The March 19th concert and luncheon are open to the public. Click here for ticket info.

2013-14 Concert Season — Wednesday Morning Musicales

Since 1964 SMA has sponsored the Wednesday Morning Musicales together with the Ann Arbor City Club. We are thrilled to announce our 2013-14 series, and we hope you can join us!

Arbor Opera Theater
Members of this polished local opera company perform semi-staged opera excerpts. Accompanist is Jacqueline Csurgai-Schmitt.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Kate Rosen, mezzo-soprano
Kate Rosen is a recent U-M masters of music recipient who won the SMA Young Artist Competition. The program includes cabaret songs and songs that are inspired by the cabaret tradition, including works by Kurt Weill, Benjamin Britten, Jake Heggie, Francis Poulenc and others.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Ralph Votapek, piano, and Kathryn Votapek, violin & viola
Mr. Votapek is currently Professor Emeritus of Piano at the Michigan State University College of Music. Ms. Votapek is currently on the faculty at University of Michigan and is the associate concertmaster of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. The performance of Mr. Votapek and Ms. Votapek, father and daughter, promises to be fabulous. They will be performing Edvard Grieg’s Sonata in G Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 13; Paul Hindemith’s Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 11, No. 4; Robert Schumann’s Märchenbilder for Viola and Piano, Op. 113; and Maurice Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Piano.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Arthur Greene, piano
Mr. Greene is Professor of Piano at the University of Michigan SMTD; his current projects include recordings of the Scriabin sonatas, and of previously unrecorded works of the Ukrainian national composer Mykola Lysenko (considered to be the father of Ukrainian classical music), and performances of the last three Beethoven sonatas in the spring of 2014. Mr. Greene will be performing several works by Lysenko as well as by Frederic Chopin.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Rosalie Edwards Youth Music Competition Winners
Open to all musicians ages 13–18 in Washtenaw County, participants are professionally judged and winners receive cash, publicity, and this performance opportunity.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

William Bolcom, piano & Joan Morris, mezzo-soprano
This internationally renowned husband-and-wife duo perform Bolcom’s cabaret songs plus a program drawing on their vast repertoire of classics and obscure gems spanning the history of American popular song. Songs by Irving Berlin, William Bolcom & Arnold Weinstein, George & Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Cole Porter, Jacques Prévert & Joseph Kosma, Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart, Harry Warren, Kurt Weill and others. Bolcom and Morris will announce their program from the stage. According to The Chicago Sun–Times, “Bolcom and Morris may be the best thing to happen to American popular song since the invention of sheet music.”
Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Season Tickets (6 concerts)
Click here to download order form
Single Ticket $17
Bring-a-guest $15
Student Ticket with ID $5
Group Rates (5 or more) each
To make arrangements call Penny Fischer, 734-930-0353
Meet-the-Artist Luncheon (follows concert)
To make reservations call the City Club, 734-662-3279

All concerts start at 10:30 a.m. Tickets available at the door starting at 10:00.

The Ann Arbor City Club is located at 1830 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104. Click here for a map.