Eric Pazdziora – Bio

 

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Short Bio (200 words)

Eric Pazdziora (b. 1981) is a composer, author, teacher, and pianist. Reviewers have described his works as “fresh, exciting, and well-crafted” (Pastoral Music, 36:5) and “an instant classic” (Global Christian Worship, July 2015). His music has been widely performed, recorded, and published, including a choral cycle premiered by Chorosynthesis and several collaborations with award-winning author Jane Yolen. Recent commissions have included opera, choral works, instrumental pieces, art songs, film scores, and musical theatre.

Eric received his doctorate in music composition from the University of Maryland, where he studied with Mark Edwards Wilson. He also holds an M.M. in composition from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where he studied with Mark Engebretson and Alejandro Rutty, and a B.Mus. in composition from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, studying with Dr. Edwin T. Childs. Eric has participated in master classes with Liviu Marinescu, Sebastián Zubieta, Martin Gendelman, Zhou Long, and Samuel Adler, and is a graduate of the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, studying with pupils of Nadia Boulanger. For more information, visit www.ericpazdziora.com.

Long Bio (500 words):

Eric Pazdziora (b. 1981) is a composer, author, teacher, and pianist. Reviewers have described his as “fresh, exciting, and well-crafted” (Pastoral Music, 36:5) and “an instant classic” (Global Christian Worship, July 2015). The Chicago Sun-Times reviewed his blog and said, “Move over, Andrew Lloyd-Weber. No. Really. Please move over, Mr. Weber.”

Eric holds a doctorate in music composition from the University of Maryland, where he studied with Mark Edwards Wilson. He also holds a Master of Music in composition from the University of North Carolina—Greensboro, where he studied with Mark Engebretson and Alejandro Rutty, and a Bachelor of Music in composition from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where he studied with Edwin T. Childs. He has participated in master classes with Liviu Marinescu, Sebastián Zubieta, Martin Gendelman, Zhou Long, and Samuel Adler. Additionally, he is a graduate of the European American Musical Alliance summer composition program in Paris, studying with pupils of Nadia Boulanger.

Eric’s music has been widely performed, recorded, and published, including a choral cycle premiered by Chorosynthesis and several collaborations with award-winning author Jane Yolen. His compositions have been published by GIA, Alliance, and NewMusicShelf. Recent commissions have included choral works, instrumental pieces, art songs, film scores, and musical theatre.

His work experience as a teacher includes all ages and skill levels from preschool to university, with topics and classes including music theory, aural skills, music technology, piano, and composition. As a pianist and songwriter, Eric’s discography includes solo albums and collaborations with bands. He has over 20 years’ experience as a church musician and worship leader in a variety of traditions, currently serving as organist and pianist at Epworth United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, MD.

A freelance author as well as a composer, Eric has published several articles and short fiction on subjects including music, theology, fairy tales, and humor. His writings have appeared in publications and books including New Fairy Tales, Quivering Daughters, Precepts for Living, and peer-reviewed articles in Études grégoriennes and Journal of Ethnodoxology.

He has also worked as a singer, a copyeditor, a worship leader,  a typographer, an accompanist, an arranger, an orchestrator, a conductor, a tutor, a teacher, a blogger, a software tester, an audio engineer, a voice actor, and a circus clown.

Oh, and since you were probably wondering: it’s Polish, and you pronounce it pahzh – DJOR – uh . (Or, if you want the Americanized version, Paz – di – OR – a.)

 

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