|A native of Washington, D. C., Clair Rozier was first inspired by organ and church music at the Washington National Cathedral as a student at the girls’ school, and began studying organ in high school with Richard Roeckelein. As an undergraduate student at Goucher College she studied organ with Dr. Barbara Thomson, continued graduate studies at Cincinnati Conservatory with Dr. David Mulbury, and completed doctoral study with David Craighead at the Eastman School of music, where she was awarded the Performer’s Certificate. She later studied with Marie-Claire Alain earning the Prix d’Excellence from the Conservatoire National of Rueil-Malmaison in France.
Dr. Rozier’s organ recitals have taken her to London, Paris, and throughout the eastern and southern United States. Recently she performed in London last July at St. Lawrence-Jewry on their new Klais organ. She was a semifinalist in the1993 J. S. Bach International Competitions in Washington, D. C., the 1990 Grand Prix de Chartres in France, and the 1985 St. Alban’s International Organ Competition in England. She has presented workshops and recitals for many AGO chapters, and was a clinician at the AGO 2000 National Convention in Seattle, WA. and the 2002 National Convention in Philadelphia, PA.
Currently, Dr. Rozier is Director of Music and Organist at St. David’s Episcopal Church, a large suburban church near Philadelphia, PA. Since starting there in 1999, she has developed a choir program for all ages. Last July, under Dr. Rozier’s direction, the St. David’s Adult Choir went to England for a week-long choir residency at the Cathedral of Wells.