The Polish-born American ethnomusicologist and pianist, Józef M. Pacholczyk, was educated in Poland at the Warsaw Conservatory (piano, MA, 1962), and at the Warsaw University, in the Department of Arabic and Islamic studies (MA in Arabic and Indonesian, 1964). He received his PhD in music (Ethnomusicology) at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1970.
Józef Pacholczyk has held professorial and administrative positions at UCLA, University of Ottawa, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the University of Maryland, College Park. He built a graduate program in ethnomusicology at the University Of Maryland Baltimore County. He guided 14 doctoral dissertations in ethnomusicology and his students are now holding professorial and administrative university positions in the USA, Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Taiwan, Slovenia, and Croatia. He conducted field research in many parts of the Muslim world including Indonesia, Egypt, Morocco, India (Kashmir), Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkey and is the author of scholarly books and papers on various aspects of music, culture, literature, and religion in various parts of the Muslim world.
As a pianist, Józef Pacholczyk has given concerts in Poland, Italy, USA, Egypt, and Indonesia, and records for Ethnodisc Classical. He has been involved in photography since childhood and, together with field sound recordings, uses it extensively as a part of musical, ethnographic, and cultural documentation. For many years he taught graduate seminars in field and laboratory methods in ethnomusicology that include sound recording, photography and film/video. He is a collector of Leicas and Leica copies.
Józef Pacholczyk is now Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland School of Music.