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Catharine Crozier (1914-2003) earned a BM from Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Harold Gleason, whom she later married. In 1939 she joined the organ faculty and in 1953 was named chair of the department. Two years later she joined the faculty of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where she remained through 1969, serving also as organist of the Knowles Memorial Chapel. Her concert career commenced in 1942, following her debut at the Washington [D.C.] National Cathedral. Thereafter she concertized throughout North America and Europe. According to her management company, Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc., Ms. Crozier was one of the three organists asked to play the inaugural organ recital at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in 1962, and was engaged for a solo recital there in 1964. In 1976 she inaugurated the Kuhn organ in Alice Tully Hall.
The New York City chapter of The American Guild of Organists named her International Performer of the Year in 1979; she held honorary doctorate degrees from Smith College, Baldwin-Wallace College, the University of Southern Colorado, and Illinois College. The Eastman School awarded her an honorary Doctor of Musical Arts in 2000.