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Stephen's more than 1280 works include 4 symphonies, several concerti and over 42-hours of recorded Music.

Stephen's Symphony 4: Lightfall, was nominated for Pulitzer and Nemmers Prizes. Winner of three Telly & Ava Awards for his Visualized Concert, Kakehashi: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE, Stephen's concert-version was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. Telly Award #4 was for “Best Use of Music” in the 2019 feature film, One Little Finger produced by Rupam Sarmah.  Telly #5 included Stephen’s work on the 2019 Reckoning of Darkness by Christopher Kulikowski.  His 15 feature film-scores include the Oscar-nominated 12:01PM and the horror thriller, The Unwilling, directed by Jonathan Heap.

With 42 Albums and 9 books including, Ahab, a Love Story and its sequel, Death to Moby Dick, a Love Story, and simply by word-of-mouth, Stephen's pioneering, self-publishing entity, STORMWORKS, has gone from 0 to many thousands of worldwide renderings since 1992.

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“Melillo is to wind music what Beethoven was to the symphony orchestra, and he follows a Beethovenesque design of increasing the musical tension almost to the breaking point, receding, and then reaching again. It is superlative musical craftsmanship and inspiring to hear.”  Marvin Sosna, Music Critic

“His S-MATRIX Symphony was fabulous, full of childlike wonderment as the composer intended and marvelous sounds.  And they worked to maximum effect — a brilliant, original use of orchestral resources for a sophisticated, sensational, beautiful and satisfying experience.”   Nancy R. Ping-Robbins, Music Critic

“...a new voice in the direction of music, his sound – a bridge between the serious and the immediately visceral.”  Maestro Gerhardt Zimmerman, Conductor

“If you want to know what the human spirit really is, you must, Yes - Must come to the Z tonight to hear a phenomenal world premiere that will put tears in your eyes. Symphony No. IIII by Stephen Melillo is a very powerful work. I am not embarrassed to admit that when I saw the score for the first time, I was in tears. What a powerful and moving work. It was commissioned by the Canton Symphony Orchestra for the 25th anniversary of the ADA (American Disabilities Act).  Your soul will be opened." Maestro Gerhardt Zimmerman, Conductor


“...his ability to create a mood, find precisely the right touch of drama and create the needed effect was manifest... the sustained chords in the choir, the timpani’s roar, the harp’s glissandos.  Melillo used them all with a sense of absolute rightness and the result was fresh, joyful and exciting... each measure scored with an unerring ear for drama and emotion.”  John S. Sweeney,

Music Critic

“He could become the Leonard Bernstein of this age... Everything he creates has many layers, ranging from synchronicity to the significance of numbers, from visceral emotions to the brotherhood of mankind.” John S. Sweeney, Music Critic

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