William Allen Pasch

Composer/Arranger

Since 2013 Bill Pasch has served as Organist and Composer in Residence at First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City, GA, near his home in Griffin, where he lives with his retired-Lutheran-pastor spouse and in retirement himself, as Professor Emeritus of English at Clayton State University (home to Spivey Hall). He holds degrees from Wittenberg University (including study abroad in the UK) and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

An organist since age thirteen at his hometown church in Ohio, he has since served other Lutheran parishes in Massachusetts and Georgia, as well as having served on the Worship and Music Committee of the ELCA-Southeastern Synod. Several of his compositions have been published by Augsburg Fortress and St. James Music Press, with other works accepted at Zintzo Music and Wayne Leupold Editions. His SJMP arrangement of “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning” was chosen as the offertory anthem for the December 2017 Bethlehem Prayer Service simulcast between the Washington National Cathedral and the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, Palestine. His compositions have been sung by numerous church choirs and civic and professional choruses in the US and Canada. In 2014 he was the featured composer in an online issue of the national newsletter of the Church Music Institute. Two recent compositions were semifinalists in the 2020 Fyfe Choral Composition Prize competition sponsored by the Sewanee Church Music Conference. As a lyricist, he has won awards in several national and international hymn competitions.

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