of Farmington received a 2010 Anchor Award
from the University of Hartford during a ceremony held on campus on October 2. An Anchor Award, the most prestigious award presented by the University of Hartford Alumni Association, recognizes alumni who have reached the highest level of professional accomplishments and possess absolute standards of integrity and character that positively reflect and enhance the prestige of the University of Hartford.
Stella earned a Bachelor of Music in 1975 from the University's Hartt School. He is currently the music director and associate conductor of the Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera.
Stella previously worked on Broadway as musical supervisor of Hello Dolly!,
musical director of The Most Happy Fella,
assistant conductor of Legs Diamond
and assistant conductor of A Broadway Musical.
In Connecticut, Stella has been the musical director of the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam and the music director of the Church of Saint Peter Claver in West Hartford.
Stella was one of six exceptional University of Hartford alumni honored during the Anchor Awards ceremony. The awards have been presented annually since 1962.