Church Music

Hymns and Lamentations

Hymns and Lamentations

Hymns and Lamentations by Eric Pazdziora Hymns and Lamentations, a new album featuring my compositions, piano, and vocals, is now available for listening and purchasing at mp3.ericpazdziora.com. You can listen to the album for free online, or name your own price to download digital tracks. Album notes: There are days of loss and sadness, fear and depression, […]

Half-Spent Was The Night: Christmas Piano Improvisations

Half-Spent Was The Night: Christmas Piano Improvisations

Half-Spent Was the Night: Christmas Piano Improvisations by Eric Pazdziora Here is a brand-new album of Christmas piano improvisations, Half-Spent Was The Night, which I recorded this week. It started as a small side project and quickly became something that I thought other people might enjoy as well. I improvised solo piano arrangements of fifteen traditional […]

Veni, Sancte Spiritus (ATTB + Violin)

Veni, Sancte Spiritus (ATTB + Violin)

  “Veni, Sancte Spiritus” (ATTB + Violin) Premiered 27 July, 2013 by the Choeur D’Eama, Paris Mark Shapiro, conductor Sarah Abbott, violin ——————– Text and translation: Veni, Sancte Spiritus Veni, Sancte Spiritus, et emitte coelitus, lucis tuae radium. Veni, pater paupernum, veni, dator munerum, veni, lumen cordium. Consolator optime, dulcis hospes animae, dulce refrigerium. In […]

O Could I Speak the Matchless Worth

O Could I Speak the Matchless Worth

“O Could I Speak the Matchless Worth” SATB + Organ Text by Samuel Medley, 1789. Music by Eric Pazdziora, 2005 Brent Stutzman, Organ Michelle Lynch, Conductor Text: O could I speak the matchless worth, O could I sound the glories forth Which in my Savior shine, I’d soar, and touch the heav’nly strings, and vie […]

Leaning, Leaning....

Leaning, Leaning….

Here’s Ken Medema, a blind pianist / composer / singer / storyteller with a truly amazing talent, performing a routine about an unforgettable experience as a church musician. Let’s just say, he also does a pretty mean trombone impression….  

It Makes Perfect

It Makes Perfect

While teaching a freshman music class in ear training, somehow I wandered into this observation.  My students seemed to like it. Sometimes I fancy myself quotable, so here you go:

Away in a Manger (String Orchestra)

Away in a Manger (String Orchestra)

This year, as part of my composition studies at UNC-Greensboro, I had a class in orchestration and was tasked with arranging a piece for strings. I chose my SATB acapella setting of “Away in a Manger”. The piece got a reading from the excellent Gate City Camerata, and I was quite pleased with how the […]

Gloria Patri

Gloria Patri

Gloria Patri SATB + Organ Music: Eric M. Pazdziora Text: Traditional, adapted EMP Organ: Brent Stutzman Conductor: Michelle Lynch —————– “Gloria Patri” is a choral setting (SATB + Organ) of a familiar Christian liturgical text, which has the distinction of being in continuous documented use since at least the second century. My setting places the […]

The Truth about "Effeminate Worship"

The Truth about “Effeminate Worship”

Several popular (though controversial) preachers have taken up a refrain of social commentary I’ve heard a few too many times. They denounce what they see as a trend of “Effeminate Worship.” (Here’s a typical message. Here’s another and another.) Apparently, modern churches have become “feminized,” unlike the old days when men were men. This means […]