Sunday, March 26, 2017

In memorial - Joan Glazier

Joan Leopold Glazier was an icon to generations of The Hartt School family.
She passed away peacefully at her home Saturday, March 25, 2017.

 The Daughter of Kurt A. and Henriette Leopold, Joan was born on November 4, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York and resided in West Hartford, CT. for much of her life.

 Joan was a graduate of Hall High School, class of 1953 and attended the University of Connecticut and The Hartt School (then Hartt College) receiving her Bachelor of Music Education in 1958.
A noted performer for over 50 years, Joan was a soloist with the Hartford Symphony and had leading roles in opera productions with the Hartt Opera Theater and the Connecticut Opera Association. She also performed with the Chamber Song Ensemble, summer stock music theater and appeared in concerts on radio and television. She was church soloist for 23 years, and sang in the Emanuel Synagogue High Holiday choir.

In addition to her performing career, Joan was member of the voice faculty of the Hartt School at The University of Hartford from 1964 until 2000, and also served as their academic advisor/evaluator for undergraduate studies from 1980 until her retirement. Joan was a devoted and beloved teacher and mentor at Hartt for decades and is fondly remembered as "Mother Glazier". Her legacy and voice will live on in all of her students.

Joan was a long time member of The Emanuel Synagogue where she was a member of their Sisterhood, Minyonaires and countless other committees both in the Synagogue and in the community.

Joan married Leonard Glazier on June 9, 1957 and is survived by her son, Michael and his wife Jody Brown of Weston, CT. Daughter, Bonnie of New Windsor, NY. and 5 beloved grandchildren, Amy Glazier of Washington D.C., Tracy Glazier, Tyler Debussey and Kyle Debussey of New York City and Megan Debussey of Hartford, CT.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 11:00 A.M at The Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr. West Hartford CT. Interment will follow at the Emanuel Synagogue Cemetery.  Donations can be made in Joan's memory to The Kurt and Henriette Leopold and Joan Leopold Glazier Endowed Scholarship at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford or The Emanuel Synagogue.


  1. Joan was a pillar of The Hartt School and will always be in out hearts.