Thomas Pavlechko

Thomas Pavlechko has been the Cantor and Composer-in-Residence at St. Martin's Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas since 2006, a church he also served from 1994-2000. From 2000-2006 he served as Organist-Choirmaster at Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Coming from a family of eight organists, including his mother, Pavlechko has been a church musician for over 34 years, and has also served churches in Ohio and Virginia. He is a graduate of the Dana School of Music of Youngstown State University and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, both in Ohio. He has recently pursued post-graduate studies in orchestration with Donald Grantham at the University of Texas at Austin.

Pavlechko is widely published as a composer of choral anthems, liturgical music, Psalm settings and over 100 hymn tunes with Augsburg-Fortress Publishers, Hope Publishing, Live Oak House, Selah Publishing and St. James Music Press. He was commissioned by Church Publishing to co-edit with Carl Daw the newest worship planning resource for the Episcopal Church, U.S.A., Liturgical Music for the Revised Common Lectionary, published in three volumes. Years A, B and C, over three years from 2007 to 2009. This past year he has answered six commissions for compositions of various genre, including choir, orchestra, concert band and trombone ensemble. 

In addition to today's hymn festival, he will lead hymn festivals this year for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, and for conferences of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Directly from Guadalajara, Pavlechko travels to Fort Collins, Colorado, where his commissioned anthem, Thee We Adore for choir, strings, 2 oboes, harp and organ will be premiered at the St. Luke's Bach Festival. Last year, Pavlechko made his film debut as the hand double and organ/piano coach for actor Brad Pitt for his recent role in Terrence Malick's award-winning film, The Tree of Life.