Michael Stairs Memorial Concert
Save the date for the inaugural Michael Stairs Memorial Concert.
Violinist David Kim was named Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. He started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School.
Highlights of Kim’s 2018-19 season include serving on the faculty of the New York String Orchestra Seminar; appearing as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra; teaching/performance residencies and masterclasses at universities across the country; appearances as concertmaster of the All-Star Orchestra on PBS stations and online at the Kahn Academy; and a solo performance with the Westminster Choir.
Michael Stairs taught music at The Haverford School from 1986 to 2012 and held the inaugural Grace and Mahlon Buck Chair in Music and the Performing Arts from 1998 to 2001.
He was also a world-class organist. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, Stairs earned an Artist’s Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music. In 1985, he was appointed by Ricardo Muti to be the principal organist for the Philadelphia Orchestra and delivered solo performances in Carnegie Hall and Suntory Hall (Tokyo). Stairs could also be heard as resident organist on the largest fully functioning pipe organ in the world, The Wanamaker Organ, at Macy’s in Philadelphia.
The Michael Stairs Memorial Concert brings to campus a nationally recognized musician to spend time in a master class with Haverford music students and perform a concert in Centennial Hall. The aim of the fund is to celebrate music as an academic discipline as well as a source of inspiration and joy.