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Haden McKay


DSO member since 1983

A member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since September 1983, cellist Haden McKay began his music studies at age 10. Haden grew up in an artistic surrounding--his father was a musicologist, specializing in early American music--and attended Yale University, where he studied cello with Aldo Parisot. While at Yale, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, received a bachelor's degree as summa cum laude in 1979, and obtained his master’s degree in 1980.

In 1975, Haden attended the Berkshire Music Festival, where he performed under conductors including Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein. During the summers from 1979 to 1983, he performed with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He has also been on the music faculties of Miami University of Ohio and Iowa State University.

In addition to the DSO performing schedule, Haden participates in various chamber ensembles. Away from the cello he is an avid biker and serves as a volunteer literacy tutor. He lives with his wife Nadine, Principal Cellist of the Michigan Opera Theatre, in Windsor. Their son Roland is a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, with recent postings in Yemen and Turkey.