PhD in progress, University of Cambridge
Stephen Fairbanks is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Cambridge, where his research is focused upon the ethical dilemmas that can emerge when classical music is promoted as a catalyst for social justice. He infuses his research with insights gained from several years working as a high school music teacher, and he ultimately aims to unite researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in addressing some of the vast disparities that students encounter in educational opportunity.
Prior to his move to academia, Mr. Fairbanks directed school orchestras and taught strings classes in Park City, Utah and El Centro, California. A lifelong string player and orchestra enthusiast, he continues to actively seek out music-making opportunities. Currently, Mr. Fairbanks is a conductor and co-director of the University of Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra as well as a member of the cello and double bass sections of the City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra.