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John Avarese

John Avarese
Assistant Teaching Professor
University Crossings, 035
Phone: 215-571-3523
avarese@drexel.edu


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. His classical training continued for seventeen years and was augmented by four years of music theory at Temple University.
He then continued to play the piano with a large number of music groups, successfully adhering to their dissimilar, even contrasting styles. In the 1980s, John gradually settled into a more stable position of a session player for a prominent recording studio in Philadelphia (Kajem Recording). Here, systematically looking over the shoulders of seasoned engineers, he picked up a pragmatic knowledge of recording industry technology. 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. To this date, Avarese has composed over 3000 commissioned scores and recorded an elegant collection of film music, as well as mixing and sound design on hundreds of projects. This includes several theatrical feature films, hundreds of short films, five surround sound planetarium features, sound design for New York’s Museum of Natural Science and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and a growing number of ongoing television promos and commercials.