Resources & Facilities

Special Programs and Funds

The Music Department Guest Artist Series presents distinguished and emerging performers in public concerts, master classes, lecture-demonstrations, reading sessions, and informal encounters. Among artist recently featured have been Native American flutist Mary Youngblood, the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, pianist Charles Abramovic, violinist Arnold Steinhardt, the Network for New Music, and the American String Quartet.

The William Heartt Reese Music Fund was established in 1977 to honor William Heartt Reese, professor of music and conductor of the glee club and orchestra at Haverford from 1947 to 1975. The fund supports applied music lessons for students enrolled in the department's private study program.

The John H. Davison '51 Fund for Student Composers supports new works by student composers. This fund recognizes John's 40 years of teaching and musical creativity at Haverford.

The Orpheus Prize is awarded for exceptional achievement in the practice of tonal harmony.

The Kessinger Family Fund for Asian Performing Arts sponsors musical performances and lecture-demonstrations that enrich Haverford's cross-cultural programs. Since its inception in 1997, the fund has sponsored visits by artist representing traditions of South, Central, and East Asia, and Indonesia.


The Union Music Building houses classrooms, practice rooms, the music library and listening room, as well as the MacCrate Recital Hall for rehearsals and small concerts. The 11 practice rooms in Union Building and Roberts Hall house over 20 pianos, the majority of which are grands. Large concerts take place in the Marshall Auditorium of Roberts Hall which offers a Bösendorfer Imperial concert grand piano, a Schlicker two-manual Baroque style organ, and a Shortridge-Jacquet two manual harpsichord. Additional music resources include a five-octave Zuckerman clavichord, CD-Rom instructional and research stations, and an electronic music lab.

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