Stephen Vincent Casellas'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. More recently, his eclectic repertoire of music seeks to blur genre and create unique sonic images through different uses of texture.
Mr. Casellas is currently a saxophonist in the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, a Baritone in the Nova Singers, and is also looking to start a chamber music ensemble in South Florida focusing on the works of queer composers and composers of color from different time periods, including the commissioning of new works by composers of these demographics.
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’s music has been performed all over North America... and soon Europe, after his next premiere in Pavia, Italy. Past performers include 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 September 15, 2019