Canticles for the Holy Innocents (SATB)

Canticles for the Holy Innocents (SATB)

“Canticles for the Holy Innocents: Three Prayers for Mixed Choir” (SATB a cappella) Music by Eric M. Pazdziora I. Vox in Rama Percrebuit: St. Bede the Venerable,  “Hymnum Canentes Martyrum,” c. 7th century II. Salvete, Flores Martyrum: Prudentius, “Hymnus Epiphaniae” from Liber Cathemerinon, 4th century III. In Paradisum: Hymn from “Missa pro defunctis,” traditional In Memoriam Lydia Charity Schatz (2002-2010) World Premiere […]

Recital Gallery

Recital Gallery

For those who couldn’t come to the premiere of Ekaterinoslav at my Graduate Recital on April 16, here are some pictures from the event and behind the scenes! Click on any picture for a larger view. Thanks to everyone who encouraged me and helped make the performance into a resounding success!   Special thanks to […]

Ekaterinoslav Premiere

Ekaterinoslav Premiere

I’m excited to announce the world premiere of my M.M. thesis composition Ekaterinoslav: One Family’s Passage to America. Based on the book by award-winning poet Jane Yolen, the music drama tells the story of Yolen’s rediscovery of her father’s immigrant history from a small Jewish village in Ukraine to Ellis Island in 1914. Her father chose to […]

Three Scottish Gaelic Songs (Mezzo-Soprano + Cello)

Three Scottish Gaelic Songs (Mezzo-Soprano + Cello)

Program notes: THREE SCOTTISH GAELIC SONGS was commissioned by Ainsley Patterson and Charlie Rasmussen for the event “Unprepared Music” in 2012, and had its concert premiere at the UNC-Greensboro New Music Festival (2013) with Ainsley Patterson and Roman Placzek. The cycle is composed for mezzo-soprano and cello, setting Scottish Gaelic folk texts to new melodies. “Gheibh […]

New Creation: Chord Charts and Lead Sheets

New Creation: Chord Charts and Lead Sheets

I’ve had many requests for chord charts and lead sheets for the worship songs and new hymn settings on my CD “New Creation: Hymns of Wonder, Love, and Praise.” They’re now available below! Just name your own price ($5 or more) and get the complete set. … Listen to all the songs and purchase digital files at […]

Reader Comments: Are Christmas Trees Pagan Idols?

Reader Comments: Are Christmas Trees Pagan Idols?

A few years back I published what has turned out to be one of my more popular articles: The True Meaning of Christmas Trees: The Spiritual Abuse Connection. It’s a series of reflections inspired by seeing some well-intended but irate Christians quoting Old Testament scriptures, most commonly Jeremiah 10, to argue that Christmas trees are […]

The Land Without Stories

The Land Without Stories

I’m delighted to announce that my short story “The Land Without Stories” has been published in a brand-new anthology entitled New Fairy Tales: Essays and Stories.  Edited by my brother John, who has a freshly-minted PhD in literature from St Andrews, and his colleague Defne Çizakça, the book is a collection of literary criticism and literary specimens […]

The Juniper Tree

The Juniper Tree

The Juniper Tree (for solo multiple percussion) Composed by Eric Pazdziora From the story by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Performed by Nomi Marcus Program Notes: “The Juniper Tree” (Von dem Machandelboom) is a German folktale, most memorably retold by the Brothers Grimm. The story weaves its enchantment from a strange blend of Christian and pre-Christian […]