.Not everybody could write like this and never come up with a cliché." His music has received multiple accolades, including the prestigious ASCAP Award every year from 2006 to 2013, honors at the International Composition Competition ALEA III; the Bernard and Rose Sernoffsky Composition Prize from Eastman School of Music, and honors from the international competition Waging Peace through Singing. He has also been awarded the title of Distinguished Musician by the IBLA International Music Foundation, and has been the recipient of a Meet the Composer grant from New Music USA. Avella's work can be heard live at St. Andrews Church in Pasadena, California, St. Charles Borromeo in North Hollywood, California, and St.
John de La Salle in Granada Hills, California, where he performs regularly; he has worked and served as Liturgical Music Minister in parishes throughout New York, New Jersey and California. He is the recipient of a fellowship from Eastman School of Music, where he received his master's degree in music composition; he received his bachelor's degree in piano performance from Indiana University. Avella currently resides with his wife and children in Los Angeles. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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