Abraham Fabella is a performer, composer, and conductor who is at home in many styles of music from opera and Renaissance motets to jazz and contemporary art music.
He is in high demand as a vocal coach and collaborative pianist for singers, choruses, and instrumentalists in the Greater Los Angeles and San Diego areas. He made his debut with Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera conducting Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. Currently the Music Director for both LA Met and Black Tie Opera, he has also worked with various groups including Riverside Lyric Opera, Repertory Opera Company, Celestial Opera Company, Pacific Lyric Association, Casa Italiana Opera, and Opera Wednesdays La Jolla. Among the many shows he has directed are Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Un ballo in maschera, Don Carlo, Aida, Madama Butterfly, La Bohéme, Hansel and Gretel and a concert reading of the musical play, Limberlost, by Helen Slayton-Hughes and Dana Howell.
As both composer and performer, Mr. Fabella has won many accolades. His compositions have been performed by Vox Novus New York, Schola Cantorum San Francisco, the UCR Orchestra, and the SFCM New Music Ensemble. His music is published by Yelton Rhodes and can be heard on the CD “In the City at the Night,” music for solo English Horn. As a pianist, he has won top prizes at the Redlands Bowl Young Artist Auditions and the Vera Yin Sheng Piano Competition, and, in 1996, was invited to play Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra in Beijing, China.
A church musician with twenty years of experience, Mr. Fabella is in his eighth year as organist and choirmaster of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Riverside. Previously, he has served Episcopal, Methodist, and Lutheran churches throughout California.
Mr. Fabella received a M.Mus. in Music Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a M.A. in Music from the University of California, Riverside. He received his undergraduate degree from La Sierra University. He has studied composition with Byron Adams and Conrad Susa, and piano with Kimo Smith and Hellen Juman. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, ASCAP, the College Music Society, the Music Teachers’ Association of California, and AFM Local 47.
Mr. Fabella lives and maintains a teaching studio in the city of Moreno Valley. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, meditation, poetry and collecting musical instruments.