Preparing Boys for Life

Michael Stairs Memorial Concert

Dr Rollo Dilworth Temple University at Haverford School


Dr. Rollo Dilworth: April 2, 2020 @ 7 p.m.

Save the date for the Michael Stairs Memorial Concert with Dr. Rollo Dilworth of Temple University. The performance will be held 7-8 p.m. in Centennial Hall.

Dr. Dilworth will conduct The Haverford School's Treble Choir, Centennial Singers, Celebrantes, Glee Club, and The Notables in choral works he has composed or arranged. The repertoire for the performance represents a variety of genres including spirituals, patriotic, folk, classical, and gospel. This event is free and open to the public.

About Dr. Dilworth

Dr. Rollo Dilworth is Professor of Choral Music Education and Vice Dean at Temple University’s Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts in Philadelphia, PA. He has served on the faculty since 2009. Prior to his position with Boyer College, he taught music education and was the director of choral activities for 13 years at North Park University in Chicago, where he prepared and conducted numerous extended and choral-orchestral works. Before teaching at the college level, Dilworth also taught choral and general music at the middle school level in his hometown of St. Louis, MO.
Over 200 of Dilworth’s choral compositions and arrangements have been published, and can be found in the catalogs of Hal Leonard Corporation, Santa Barbara Music Publishers and Colla Voce Music. He is also the author of 3 choral pedagogy books entitled Choir Builders.  Dilworth has conducted 57 all-state choirs ranging across various levels, 7 regional honor choirs, and 4 national honor choirs.  For the 2019-2020 season, Dilworth has been invited to conduct all-state and honor choirs in Delaware, Maine and Texas.


If you are interested in learning more about this concert or making a pledge or gift to the Michael Stairs Concert Fund, please contact Jeff Day at 484-571-7052 or

About the Lecture Series

The Michael Stairs Memorial Concert brings a renowned musician to campus to perform in Centennial Hall and spend time in a master class with Haverford students. The event aims to celebrate music as an academic discipline as well as a source of inspiration and joy.

Past Performers

David Kim, Philadelphia Orchestra (2019)

The Michael Stairs Memorial Concert Fund

Established in 2018 by alumni, parents and friends, the Michael Stairs Concert Fund honors Stairs' service to Haverford as an outstanding music teacher and director of the Glee Club and the Notables from 1986-2012. An accomplished organist, Stairs played for Bryn Mawr's Church of the Redeemer, the Wanamaker Grand Court at Macy's, and was appointed as organist of the Philadelphia Orchestra by Riccardo Muti in 1985. This fund is overseen by the chair of the Music Department and supports an annual concert by a performer or composer who evokes the inspiration and admiration of students, just as Stairs did.

Upcoming Lectures