5:03 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Michael Stairs: The Organist's Organist

When Michael Stairs sits at an organ keyboard, the result is nothing but perfection. He is indeed the organist's organist. Michael has been organist for The Philadelphia Orchestra since his appointment by Riccardo Muti in 1985. He taught at The Haverford School for 25 years and was beloved by his students. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, he also holds an Artist's Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music.

He serves as assistant organist at the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ at Macy's Center City and serves on the Executive Board of Friends of the Wanamaker Organ. Michael is also a member of the Philadelphia Organ Quartet, performing with Peter Richard Conte, Rudy Lucente and Colin Howland. A much sought-after recitalist and educational consultant, Mr. Stairs has made numerous recordings, including several on the famed Longwood Gardens organ in Kennett Square.  He is also a member of the Allen Organ Artists Program.

Mr. Stairs has a new CD - Sacred and Profane: A Collection of Concert Favorites, played on the chapel organ at Philadelphia's Girard College. We'll hear selections from that CD, as well as two works Michael recently performed in concert on the Wanamaker Organ.

Crossover, with Jill Pasternak, airs Saturday mornings at 11:30 on WRTI-FM, with an encore Friday evenings at 7 on WRTI-HD2.  Both airings can be heard on the All-Classical web stream at