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John Avarese
Program Director, Film & Television



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. 

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 41 theatrical feature films, scores of short films, and six surround sound planetarium features. 

In 2017 Avarese authored a book (“Post Sound Design”) through Bloomsbury publishing as a practical introduction to the craft of Audio Post Production.

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. 

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Selected Features (Scored and Mixed)

The Arrangement 2019

The Special 2019

Dead Water 2019 (Saban Entertainment) Judd Nelson, Casper Van Dien

The Bill Murray Stories 2018 (Gravitas Ventures)

Ghostheads 2017 (Netflix)

Death House 2017 Kane Hodder, Michael Berryman, Tony Todd

Courier X 2016 (Amazon Prime) Udo Kier

Zombie Killers 2015 (Anchor Bay) Billy Zane, Misha Barton, Dee Wallace

I Am Santa Claus 2014 (Morgan Spurlock) documentary

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 Rosselini


Planetarium Features

Birth of Planet Earth 2019 Richard Dormer

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