Carmen Jude Aquila’s music has been performed around the world, from Long Island, New York to Beijing, China. He is frequently commissioned for new works and arrangements. Most recently the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony commissioned him to write Solstice, an extended work for three combined orchestras.Aquila’s work has earned notable awards, including the Cleveland Chamber Symphony’s “Music by Emerging Composers” in April 2000. For this event, Preamble, his first orchestral work, was premiered under the baton of Edwin London. His piece Scenes for Violin and Piano was selected for the finals round of BGSU’s 1999 concerto competition (composition division). He was also awarded the 1998 Victoria Bohlen Memorial Award for Composition.In 1998, Carmen earned his BM in composition with honors from the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he studied composition with Donald Bohlen. He then moved to Bowling Green State University and was apprenticed to Marilyn Shrude, Burton Beerman, and Mikel Kuehn. His MM in composition was awarded with honors in 2000.