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Eric M. Pazdziora, b. 1981, expressed an interest in music at an early age, starting piano lessons at age six with Mrs. Melanie Rost. His career as a composer was launched when at age eight he wrote a musical that was performed by his third grade class in Crystal Lake, IL.

Later, as a pianist at various churches in southern Wisconsin, Eric improvised arrangements of hymns and composed new worship songs, notably a full-length Christmas production that was performed by the youth at the Community Church of Elkhorn. He has also ministered as a worship leader at several churches in the Chicagoland area and southern Wisconsin, most recently as Sunday Service Coordinator for Holy Trinity Church North.

Eric is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition. His primary composition teacher was Dr. Edwin T. Childs. Orchestras, instrumental ensembles, choirs, and soloists have performed Eric’s music in a wide variety of venues. In 2004, his orchestral work “Fanfare: Cum Laetitia Magna” was selected as a winner in the DuPage Symphony Orchestra “Fanfare for our Fiftieth” composition contest. Recent commissions have included choral works, instrumental pieces, art songs, film scores, and incidental music for drama. Eric is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in composition at UNC-Greensboro. He is a student of Alejandro Rutty and Mark Engebretson, and has participated in master classes with Liviu Marinescu, Sebastián Zubieta, Martin Gendelman, and Samuel Adler.

Two of Eric’s choral compositions have been published: “Mick McGuire” (TTBB + piano) by Alliance Press, and “Angels We Have Heard on High” (SATB acapella) by GIA. Eric has also published various articles and short fiction as a freelance author.

Eric and his wife Carrie were married in 2006. They have collaborated on many musical projects, including a folk / americana band, Thornfield, which has released two albums. They live in North Carolina with their spoiled cat Eloise.

For more information, see:

Recent Compositions and Commissions

Also of interest:

- Three-part interview with Eric on “The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond”

Part 1: On my interests (writing, composing, faith) and how they all fit together.

Part 2: The fusion of faith and arts–creating “a state of wonder.”

Part 3: Spiritual abuse, and how music and stories contribute to healing.