The Michael Stairs Organ Scholar, named in honor of Michael Stairs, and in recognition of his history as a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, will be a position at The Redeemer intended for an undergraduate organ major at Curtis. The position will enable the student to receive practical and immersive experience in a parish church setting. This is something that not many organ students receive as part of their regular scholastic training. The organ scholar will accompany rehearsals, learn to work with children and adults of varying abilities and gifts, and will share in the service-playing responsibilities. Along with programmatic training and schedule logistics, these practical experiences will prepare the organ student to enter into a parish music program with a deeper understanding and greater sensibility as they begin their professional career. We have chosen our organ scholar for the next season, and would very much like to introduce you to him:
Adrian Binkley is a first-year student at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA, and is an alumnus of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan. He graduated with honors and received both a Fine Arts Award in Organ and one of two Presidential Young Scholar Awards in academics. At Interlochen he studied organ with Tom Bara, Organ Instructor and Assistant Director of Music at Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp.
At Curtis, he studies organ with Alan Morrison, the Haas Charitable Trust Chair in Organ Studies, and piano with Dr. Yu Xi Wang. While at home in Madison, Wisconsin, Adrian studies organ with Samuel Hutchison, Principal Organist for the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and he studies piano with Bill Lutes.
Adrian has received academic and musical merit scholarships and has performed in concerts at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia, Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and more. His performances have also been broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio and Philadelphia Public Radio. While not playing organ or piano, Adrian enjoys researching history, studying mathematics and programming, reading, and running. In August of 2017 Adrian will being serving as the first Michael Stairs Organ Scholar at Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, PA.