October 10, 2018

Westminster Hosts Organist For Master Class, Recital

Organist Stephen Buzard will lead a master class on Tuesday, October 16 at 2:30 p.m. and participate in the Sacred Music Lab at 6:30 p.m., in Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton. Sacred Music Lab is a worship service led by Westminster’s Sacred Music students and is open to the public. Admission is free. He will also present a recital in the Princeton University Chapel on Monday, October 15 at 8 p.m.

Buzard is the director of music at historic St. James Cathedral in Chicago. As organist and choirmaster, he provides music for all parish and diocesan services and directs the Cathedral Choir. Prior to St. James, Buzard served at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City as assistant organist until the untimely passing of Director of Music John Scott in August 2015. Following this tragedy, Buzard became the acting organist and director of music, directing the choir of men and boys in their routine of daily services.

Buzard holds a master of music degree from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, where he studied organ with Thomas Murray and improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart. While at Yale, he served as organ scholar at Trinity on the Green, New Haven, Connecticut; as principal organist of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University; and as organist for Marquand Chapel, Yale Divinity School. He earned his bachelor of music degree from Westminster Choir College in 2010, where he studied organ with virtuoso Ken Cowan.

While an undergraduate, he was concurrently organ scholar at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton and director of music for the Episcopal Church at Princeton University. Before starting at Yale, he spent a year in England as senior organ scholar of Wells Cathedral, where he accompanied and conducted in daily services and assisted in the training of the boy and girl choristers.

Visit www.rider.edu/arts for more information.