Eric Paździora (b. 1981) is a composer whose music has been performed and published around the world. Reviewers have described his compositions as “fresh, exciting, and well-crafted” (Pastoral Music) and “an instant classic” (Global Christian Worship).
Dr. Pazdziora’s compositions examine the balance between ancient traditions and contemporary concerns. His D.M.A. dissertation, a one-act Scots-language chamber opera entitled House of Winter, tells the story of a woman’s struggle with dementia. The choral cycle Canticles for the Holy Innocents, composed in memory of child abuse victim Lydia Schatz, was premiered by Chorosynthesis Singers for their concert series and album Empowering Silenced Voices. Eric has also collaborated on several projects with award-winning author Jane Yolen, including the art song “Cell Phones in the Pockets of Dead Children,” commissioned by GRAMMY-nominated soprano Laura Strickling.
Eric holds a doctorate in composition from the University of Maryland, where he studied with Mark Edwards Wilson. He was also a student of Mark Engebretson, Alejandro Rutty, and Edwin T. Childs. Additionally, he is a graduate of the European American Musical Alliance summer composition program in Paris, studying with pupils of Nadia Boulanger.
In addition to his composing, Dr. Pazdziora serves as organist and music director at Epworth UMC in Gaithersburg, MD, and teaches piano and composition lessons to all ages.