David Patrick Stearns


David Patrick Stearns

David Patrick Stearns has been a Philadelphia Inquirer classical music critic and general arts writer for the past six years, having come there from a 17-year stint at USA Today, where he contributed to one of the original prototypes and worked as classical music and theater critic. His most formative years were spent at the now-defuncted Rochester (N.Y.) Times-Union, 1977-83, where regularly heard and reviewed the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under David Zinman as well as concerts at the Eastman School of Music featuring then faculty members such as the Cleveland Quartet, Jan DeGaetani and composer Warren Benson at their considerable artistic peaks.

In his freelance life, Stearns has contributed to publications from Cosmopolitan to Opera News, TV Guide to Gramophone, and has had ongoing relationships with Stereophile, BBC Music Magazine, The Independent (in London) and The Guardian (in Manchester). For six years, he was music commentator on NPR's Morning Edition program.

Stearns is originally from Sycamore, Illinois, holds a BA in journalism from Southern Illinois University, and, much more recently, earned a masters in musicology at New York University in 1996.

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9/11/2019 - 9/15/2006