The Lee and Bessie Blazer Scholarship Endowment
Lee Blazer was born in 1896 in Alert, Indiana and made Greenfield his home in 1932. He owned and operated LeBlazer Studio Club where he taught voice and piano from 1937 to 1963. The club motto was stated by Lee Blazer as follows: “We choose to study the life and music of the great masters to enlarge our understanding of their compositions and gain a better interpretation thereof, realizing that music is a universal language among all people, and knowing that by the study of these givers we are better enabled to interpret and present their music in an idealistic manner.” Lee’s passion for the arts and helping others shined through in his life.
The Studio Club was organized from the Miniature Matinee Musicals with the idea of presenting accomplished artists to round out the students’ cultural growth. The Matinee Musicals were presented by the Blazer students with the occasional guest artist from other places. The original idea in forming the Studio Club was to give the pupils and their families opportunity to hear recognized artists and realize the worth of early training. Through the years many local artists made their debut under the direction of Mr. Blazer.
“Lee served as counselor and concerned loving friend to his students. It was easy for him to teach music to the mind, while he listened with his heart, to the nuances in the hearts of his students. He radiates an aura of enthusiasm and interest that was contagious.” LeBlazer Studio Club Student
In addition to his studio work, Mr. Blazer served for many years as Director of Music at the Greenfield Christian Church, President of Indiana Music Teachers Guild, Indiana Music Teachers Association and National Music Teachers Association.
Bessie Blazer, who outlived her husband, started this scholarship fund in recognition of Lee’s life and passions, and to help Hancock County students who wish to study music in their further education.
The following poem was written and dedicated to Lee Blazer by Margaret Bosley, a patron club member:
THE MAGIC MEASURE
A single measure drifted out to me,
‘Twas but a phrase of simple melody,
Which roused a latent mem’ry in my soul
And changed my sphere as if by magic stole.
In that enchanted pause around me lay,
Re-incarnation of a by-gone day.
When by my side there stood a stalwart lad,
Whose love was young, whose songs were always glad.
We walked again in daisy fields of white,
Each jeweled petal held an answer, trite,
Simplicity and innocence of youth
Beat bravely, seeking happiness and truth.
The shining moment passed, I’m back once more,
But memory is clearer than before;
I would my praise extol to him who sings
And to me, lovely magic measures brings…