Marc Parella has written in a multitude of musical mediums and styles including Jazz, Pop, and Blues.  Chiefly trained as a symphonic composer, he completed his Bachelor of Music in Composition at Arizona State University and studied film composition at the School of Cinema at the University of Southern California.  He completed his master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1989 studying composition with renowned composer Andrew Imbrie. Mr. Parella’s music has been performed by symphony orchestras across Canada, Mexico and the US.

This year Mr. Parella's Mille Sonitus (Overture of a Thousand Sounds) won Honorable Mention at the 2008 American Composers Forum / Minnesota Orchestra Competition with the jury citing his work as "representing a significant achievement." The competition this year attracted a total of 162 entries from 31 states.

In 2003 Mr. Parella was among three national finalists chosen for The Phoenix Symphony Composer-in-Residence Competition sponsored by Continental Harmony.  And in 1997 Mr. Parella was nominated along with James DeMars and Jay Vosk by the Arizona Arts Alliance for a National Symphony Orchestra Commission, a prestigious honor representing the State of Arizona. Other awards and honors have included 2nd place in the 1992 Composer Recording Society competition, and honors from both the ASCAP and BMI competitions for young composers.  Mr. Parella also served as a researcher at the Arnold Schoenberg Institute on the campus of the University of Southern California.

Mr. Parella has had 30 orchestral performances to date and include performances in Canada, California, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Mississippi, and Arizona.  He made his conducting debut directing the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico (The State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra) in December of 2007 conducting original works two original works: Mille Sonitus and Concerto for Viola and Orchestra featuring Hong-Mei Xiao as soloist.  He also conducted the Mexican Premiere of the Prokofiev Fourth Symphony (2nd Version).  Mr. Parella returned to Mexico to conduct the Guanajuato Symphony in October of 2008 in a program that included Mille Sonitus, Beethoven Third Piano Concerto with Oscar Vetre piano, and the Prokofiev Fourth Symphony.

In the world of film and television, Mr. Parella has written the score for the films The Secret and Adventure as well as music for children’s and travel programming. In 1992, Mr. Parella hired his former college orchestra, the Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra and recorded several orchestral works including a proposed film score for the Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece The Birds.  Actress Tippi Hedren, who starred in the 1963 classic thriller commented: “Marc’s score added great excitement and suspense to the film.”

Directing a film scoring session 

Directing the Orquesta Sinfonica del Universidad de Guanajuato (Guanajuato Mexico Symphony Orchestra)

Mr. Parella has been an advocate of contemporary music and an innovator in the Concert Music Industry.  From 1997 until 2001 he was the publisher and chief technical developer for, an online performing arts business directory. was the largest business directory of its kind surpassing Musical America in both volume of information and readership.   

His work with younger composers culminated in the creation of the Grant Fletcher Award in Musical Composition, a scholarship given to deserving composition students at Arizona State University.

Mr. Parella is currently the managing director for MPM-Management, a full service management company located in San Francisco.   He has served as consultant and producer for a number of commercial recording projects.

Mr. Parella lives in San Francisco and owns a home in Phoenix.


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