Introduction

"Twenty-one year-old Alexandra Pajak is already gaining some national attention for her work." -- Creative Loafing Atlanta, 2003

Biography

 
Raised in Athens, Georgia, Alexandra Pajak received early musical training from composer and pianist Joey Hokayem. Pajak matriculated at Agnes Scott College as a music major, completing both theory and composition concentrations. While there, she studied under David D'Ambrosio and Martha Bishop. During this time, Alexandra was the pianist for the Agnes Scott Orchestra. She went on to do post-graduate studies at Georgia Tech, where she received a Masters of Science in sociology. During her education, Alexandra received composition awards from the Georgia Music Teachers Association and from The University of Alabama Composition Festival.In October 2010, Azica Records released "Sounds of HIV," a 52-minute musical translation of the HIV virus. Proceeds of the CD benefit Emory University's Vaccine Center.Alexandra's second symphony was selected for recording by the Prague Radio Symphony and for appearance on ERM Media's Masterworks of the New Era album in 2008.Alexandra has composed commissioned works for politician Karen Traylor, Emory Catholic Center and the International Primatological Society. She has also composed full-length CDs of contemporary classical music for the Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation and Dr. Margot Brinton, world-renown West Nile expert.Alexandra composed a commissioned full-length CD of children's songs for The Ocean Society, whose curriculum is placed in over 20,000 schools in the United States. These songs have also been used by the Pirates for Peace program in Northern Ireland to help promote peaceful exploration of the environment by Catholic and Protestant children in Ireland. Her music has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Scientific American, Nature Medicine, AOL News, Syfy Channel Magazine, Poz, New Hampshire Public Radio, WABE City Cafe, The Ohio State University Public Radio, Casual Weekend 774 ABC Melbourne, As It Happens Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Stanford School of Medicine's medical blog Scope, Windy City Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Athens Magazine, Athens Banner-Herald, The Augusta Chronicle, Agnes Scott College Alumnae Magazine, Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine, and the University of Georgia Research Magazine.