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John Avarese

Associate Teaching Professor



University Crossings, 035

A life-long musician, John Avarese began studying classical piano at the age of four and by the age of seven he was performing recitals with classical music ensembles. Eventually, John started a music production company that utilized computer based technology to produce original music for a wide range of corporate and commercial clients. He is well known for his ability to produce complex original scores that effectively support the objectives of video producers and filmmakers.

In 2006, John won the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Fellowship in Music for Jazz/Blues/World and Non-classical Composition and in 2002 he received a grant from the Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association (PIFVA) for scoring the Buster Keaton silent film, Cops. He is currently an Associate Teaching Professor at Drexel University, in the Cinema and Television Department, teaching all aspects of film sound, including Production Sound Recording and Audio Post-Production.

To this date, Avarese has composed over 4000 commissioned scores and recorded an elegant collection of film music, as well as mixing and sound design on hundreds of projects. This includes twenty-seven theatrical feature films, scores of short films, and six surround sound planetarium features.

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Selected Features (Scored and Mixed)
Death House 2017 Kane Hodder, Michael Berryman, Tony Todd
Courier X 2016 Udo Kier
Zombie Killers 2015 (Anchor Bay) Billy Zane, Misha Barton, Dee Wallace
I Am Santa Claus 2014 (Morgan Spurlock) documentary
Camp Dread 2014 (Image Entertainment) Eric Roberts
The Fields 2011 (Fabrication Films) Cloris Leachman, Tara Reid
I Melt With You 2011 (Magnolia) Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven
My Dog Tulip 2009  (New Yorker Films) Christopher Plummer, Isabella Rossilini

Planetarium Features
Faster Than Light 2018 Sean Bean
Solarsuperstorms 2015 Benedict Cumberbatch
Supervolcanoes 2013 Benedict Cumberbatch
Dynamic Earth 2011 Liam Neeson

Selected Shorts (Scored and Mixed)
It Happened Again Last Night 2017 Gabrielle Stone
The Train 2014  Eli Wallace
A Long Walk 2013 Colman Domingo
A Room Nearby (Animated), Paul Fierlinger. 2006 Peabody Award

United Airlines “Spoiled” (international spot) 2005,
Nick Jr. “Amby & Dexter” Interstitials
Sesame Street “Alice Kadeezenberry” series