HAIL to the Class of 2021!
Watch the SMTD Virtual Commencement.
Damien Crutcher (MM ’96 wind conducting) is a native Detroiter and a graduate of Cass Technical High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in conducting from the University of Michigan. Damien studied horn with Bryan Kennedy and Doug Campbell, and conducting with Dr. Ronnie Wooten and Professor H. Robert Reynolds.
After graduating from U-M, Damien served as Director of Bands and Orchestra at Southfield-Lathrup High School. Under his direction the Southfield-Lathrup ensembles performed in San Francisco, Chicago, the Bahamas, the White House, and Carnegie Hall. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Crescendo Detroit, a nonprofit whose mission is to transform the lives of school age children by engaging them in intense instrumental music, vocal music, and dance programs that promote artistic excellence and character building. A frequent guest conductor and clinician throughout Michigan and Ohio, he also serves as the conductor of the Farmington Community Band, and is in his fourth season as conductor of the Detroit Symphony’s Civic Youth Concert Band and the Detroit Community Concert Band.
Maitri White is so excited to receive her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with a minor in Performing Arts Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Michigan, where she has been fortunate to study with Daniel Washington. Originally from Marquette, Michigan, Maitri has always recognized that the arts and social justice are intertwined. She believes that to create a sustainable, fulfilling life as an artist, one must cultivate a community as well as a career. During her time at Michigan she served as the Executive Director of Project SOAR, an educational outreach organization focused on the arts. She also had the opportunity to produce and perform several recitals featuring composers of the African Diaspora. This summer she looks forward to returning to live performance as a part of the chorus for Michigan Opera Theatre’s Cavalleria Rusticana in Concert, further exploring virtual performance as Third Wood Sprite in Dvořák’s Rusalka, and serving as Director of Development for Opera NexGen.