Stephen Buzard is Assistant Organist at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York.
He holds a Master of Musicdegree from the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, where he studied organ with Thomas Murray and improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart. While at Yale, Mr. Buzard served as organ scholar at Trinity on the Green, New Haven; organist at Marquand Chapel of Yale Divinity School; and organist for Berkeley Divinity School.
Mr. Buzard earned his Bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College in 2010 where he studied organ with Ken Cowan. While an undergraduate, he was organ scholar at Trinity Episcopal Church, Princeton, New Jersey, and director of music for the Episcopal Church at Princeton University.
Before starting at Yale, Mr. Buzard spent a year in England as Senior Organ Scholar of Wells Cathedral, where he accompanied and conducted the daily services and assisted in the training of the boy and girl choristers. He was the winner of the 2010 Arthur Poister Competition and the 2009 Joan Lippincott Competition for Excellence in Organ Performance.
In addition to his studies and his church work Mr. Buzard keeps a busy recital schedule. Recent engagements have included the 2012 Organ Historical Society Convention; the 2013 Midwinter Organ Conference at Baylor University; the 2009 and 2013 conventions of the American Institute of Organbuilders; Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Woolsey Hall, Yale University; St. Thomas Church, New York City; and Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
His premier recording “In Light or Darkness,” available through Delos Records, has received wide critical acclaim. A Diapason reviewer wrote: “Buzard paints the color and shape of every phrase with a maturity belying his youthfulness… if this level of skill doesn't dazzle you, then I do not know what will.”