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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 Notables in choral works he has composed or arranged. This event is free and open to the public.

About Dr. Dilworth

Dr. Rollo Dilworth is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities and Music Education at the North Park University School of Music in Chicago, Illinois. He recently completed requirements for the Doctor of Music degree in Conducting Performance at Northwestern University and he holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Case Western Reserve University and the University of Missouri ­St. Louis, respectively.

An award-winning composer and active conductor, educator, and clinician, Dr. Dilworth has taught choral music at the elementary, secondary and university levels. His performing endeavors have taken him to the continents of Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. In addition to composing music in the choral genre, Dr. Dilworth's research interests are in the areas of African-American music and music education curriculum and instruction. He serves as Minister of Music at Martin Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Chicago, Illinois. 


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