Stephen Vincent Casellas is a composer, saxophonist, and baritone from Pembroke Pines, Florida. Stephen’s one goal as a composer is both a simple one and an ambitious one: inspire a positive change in the world. In the past, he has composed music that brings to light discussions of mental health, the environment, and more. Of course, he also composes music for fun. Much recently, his eclectic repertoire of music seeks to blur genre and combines elements of experimentation with traditionalism.
Mr. Casellas is currently a saxophonist in the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, a co-coordinator of their Youth Pride Band, and an elementary school music teacher as well. He has a Master of Music from New York University in Theory and Composition, where he was in the composition studio of Grammy Award- winning composer Herschel Garfein. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Florida Atlantic University, where he was in the composition studio of Stuart Glazer and the saxophone studio of Neal Bonsanti. In October of 2017, Stephen was a finalist for the CINTAS Foundation for Cuban Arts and Humanities’ Music Composition Award. Both in May of 2018 and 2019 he was a finalist for Mid-America Freedom Band's yearly competition.
Stephen, or “Steph,” as you may call him in person, is lauded as a creative and free thinker (Garfein, 2017). His solo vocal writing is idiomatic, yet fresh and new with experimental crossover elements (Venaglia, 2017). Recently, his wind compositions- particularly for brass- have been hailed as “evocative and fresh, with a unique ability to create multiple textures simultaneously out of dense and relatively homogenous instrumentation” (McCollum, 2019).
Steph’s music has been performed by the FAU Symphony Orchestra, NYU’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, New Directions Chamber Winds, New York’s Youth Music Festival, JACK Quartet, Bearthoven, FSU's Brass Ensemble, various vocal soloists and more.
updated August 11, 2019