St. Martin’s 2023-2024 Concert Series

About David Blazer

David Blazer was born and raised in Miami, Oklahoma where he began studies with Douglas Payton on piano and DeMaris Gaines on the organ.  At age 15 he became the organist of the First Presbyterian Church in Miami, Oklahoma.  He went on to be accepted at the famed Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio where he received the B.M in Organ Performance under the guidance of Garth Peacock and George Lamb.  He continued his studies in Early Music Performance Practices at Case Western Reserve University and also in Liturgical Music at the University of Notre Dame.  For many years now he has participated in studies of Gregorian Chant at the Pontificial Institute of Sacred Music in Rome, Italy.  From 1987-1997 he was the Executive Director of the Riverside Academy of Music.  He is a member of the American Guild of Organists where he holds the Service Playing Certificate. He is a member of the Association of Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries and the Organ Historical Society.

His choirs from previous church affiliations have performed in 3 European concert tours with performances in such places as St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy, with a special performance for Pope John Paul II; along with major performances in Vienna, Florence, Assisi, Munich and Budapest.  Blazer has also performed numerous organ recitals throughout the United States and Europe including, Rome, Florence, Assisi, Vienna, Salzburg and Jerusalem. He holds a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance and a Master’s Degree in vocal performance; both Summa Cum Laude from Cleveland State University.  He studied organ with Dr. Margaret Scharf and voice with Elizabeth Chesko.  He also previously studied voice with the late Pauline Thesmacher. He has performed in organ master classes with Arthur Poister and Naji Hakim. As a vocalist, Mr. Blazer has presented numerous recitals and played the role of El Dancaïro in the opera Carmen.  He has also sung roles of Leporello in Don Giovanni, Tristram in Martha and Billy Bigelow in Carousel.  He was the Musical Director for the Lorain County Community College production of The Fantasticks and also Blooms of Steel.

Blazer is currently the Director of Music and Organist of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rocky River, Ohio.  He was also the assistant director of choral activities at Lorain County Community College where he was accompanist for the Lorain County Civic Chorale and taught private voice and piano.  He was also the Director of the college Collegiate Choral and Vocal Ensemble.   David Blazer is also widely known for his jazz piano in local clubs throughout the Cleveland area.   He is currently the featured house pianist for the famed Velvet Tango Room.

About City Lights

City Lights is the most cherished film by Charlie Chaplin and is also his ultimate Little Tramp chronicle.  The writer-director-star achieved new levels of grace, in both physical comedy and dramatic poignancy, with this silent tale of a lovable vagrant falling for a young blind woman (a magical Virginia Cherrill) who sells flowers on the street and mistakes him for a millionaire.  Though this Depression-era smash was made after the advent of sound, Chaplin remained steadfast in his love for the expressive beauty of the pre-talkie form.  The result was the epitome of his art and the crowning achievement of silent comedy.

Our mission is to bring engaging, entertaining, and inspiring programs to the community. We appreciate
your donations to keep these programs free and to continue to be able to bring high quality
music to Archbold.

View Previous Concert Series Programs:

Call Now ButtonCall St. Martin's