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University Musical Society

What It Is

One of the oldest performing arts presenters in the country, the University Musical Society (UMS) began in 1879 as an annual vehicle for local and University musicians to perform Handel's "Messiah." While affiliated with the University of Michigan, UMS is a not-for-profit organization that supports itself independently.

UMS hosts approximately 75 performances each season. The organization also sponsors educational endeavors, youth programs, artist residencies and other collaborative projects with local, national, and international partners, as well as commissioning new works.

Tickets are available in various series packages by subscription. Single tickets go on sale to the public in mid-August each year.

Why You Should Know About It

While known for classical music, UMS presents concerts from a wide spectrum of the performing arts: internationally renowned recitalists and orchestras, dance and chamber ensembles, jazz and world music performers, and theatre.

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Chances to get tickets:
One way to get prime single-performance tickets is to get ten or more people together and purchase them as a group in mid-July. Or you can join the UMS E-mail Club, which entitles members to receive event notification in their category of interest, as well as news bulletins. Student discounts and special offers are available, also.

Chances to volunteer:
For information about ushering, contact the UMS Usher Hotline at 734-913-9696. The UMS Advisory Committee provides UMS with a volunteer corps and assists in fundraising through a variety of gala events. To become involved, phone 734-647-8009 or email cstraub@umich.edu.

Read about a staff member who enjoys The University Musical Society

latin jazz club

UMS brings musicians to campus representing a wide variety of genres, such as the Latin Jazz Club, above, and the St. Petersburg Quartet, below.

St. Petersburg Quartet photo


Contact Info

University Musical Society
Burton Memorial Tower
881 North University Avenue
(734) 764-2538