Faculty and Staff

Mr. Dan Vizer

Music Teacher

My name is Daniel Vizer, and I am the Music Teacher at South City Catholic Academy.  
I have been teaching piano lessons for 46 years, since I was 13.  I was thirteen when I started playing the pipe organ and directing a choir for my home parish in Illinois.  I was blessed with the very best of music teachers from the very beginning.  I’m so proud to have earned both my bachelor and master’s degrees in piano performance at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  During my years there, I studied with the world-famous pianist, Ruth Slenczynska, who is a former student of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Nadia Boulanger, Josef Hoffmann, and Alfred Cortot. 
 
I began teaching in Roman Catholic Schools when my niece’s Kindergarten teacher asked me if I would help the school to produce a Christmas Concert for the whole school.  I never left classroom teaching!  I taught for part of a year in the public schools, but felt extremely uncomfortable without being able to express my love for God openly. I’m so grateful that I can still look at a piano keyboard with the same anticipation as when I was a child.  I hope that by teaching music, I will inspire others to find the same peace, contentment, and joy that I have found. 

When I’m not practicing piano, I can be found gardening, or taking care of my tropical fish.