Carmen Jude Aquila's music has been performed around the world, from Long Island to Beijing. World-renowned conductors the likes of JoAnn Falletta and Edwin London have brought Carmen's music to life with ensembles as prestigious as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. Most recently, Maestra Falletta and the BPO gave the world premier performance of Carmen's Serenade for String Orchestra. Other musicians-extraordinaire who have rendered masterful performances of Carmen's music include Jacqueline Galluzzo, Emily Boyce, Holly Bewlay, Marilyn Shrude, Maria Sampen, and Bryan Eckenrode.
Carmen is frequently hired for new works and arrangements. Recent ensembles to commission him include the Warren PA Civic Orchestra and the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony. The Toledo Symphony has also programmed Carmen's orchestrations.
Carmen'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. 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.