Thomas Pavlechko (b.1962) is Organist-Choirmaster at Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis Tennessee, a large inner-city parish renowned for its extensive urban ministry and long history of fine music. He also serves on the Liturgical Music Editorial Team for the Renewing Worship project of the Churchwide Offices of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
In addition to his work with churches in Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, Pavlechko has also served as Chapel Musician and Adjunct Faculty for the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest in Austin, Texas and Adjunct Professor of Music at William and Mary's Richard Bland College in Prince William, Virginia. He is an honors graduate of the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University and received the Master of Music from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he studied composition and counterpoint with Allen Sapp.
Pavlechko's compositions have been sung at national conferences of the Association of Anglican Musicians, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, which also selected him as the Emerging Hymn Composer for its 2002 Annual Conference. He has also served as organist and workshop leader for both regional and national conferences, and has led numerous hymn festivals, including one for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.
In addition to A Season of Clear Shining, New Songs of Rejoicing, and Shepherd Songs published by Selah, Pavlechko's work can be found with Live Oak House and in Sundays and Seasons and Psalter for Worship, Augsburg Fortress Publishers; Wonder, Love & Praise, A Supplement to the Hymnal 1982, Church Publishing, Inc.; The Covenant Hymnal, Covenant Publications; and Come You People of the Promise, New Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Supplement 96, Supplement 99, and Worship & Rejoice, from Hope Publishing Co.
Radiant City: The Collected Hymns, Carols, and Songs of Thomas Pavlechko (125-039)
New! Wellspring: More Hymns and Songs by Thomas Pavlechko (125-040)
Look Toward the East (Thomas Pavlechko, SATB, keyboard, 410-511, Mod. diff.)
Sleep, Holy Child (Thomas Pavlechko, SATB, organ, 405-274, Mod. easy)
New! Starfare: The Night Went Wild (Pavlechko, SSAATTBB, opt. organ, 405-206)
The Greatest Gift (Thomas Pavlechko, Two-part, keyboard, 420-560, Mod. easy)
New! Solemn Procession (Thomas Pavlechko, organ solo, 160-630, mod. easy)