‘She Dried Her Tears’ was written for Meghan McGinty’s Masters recital. The piece was part of a project to collaborate with composers who are current students, or graduates of Temple University’s composition department. We all had to choose a poem by Emily Bronte to set. The poem I selected, ‘She Dried Her Tears,’ captures the suffering of isolation and the desire to express one’s suppressed emotions. The work was premiered by Ms. McGinty and Jean Francois Proulx on March 26th at Temple University. The piece won the Composer's Concordance 8th Annual 'Generations' Composition Competition in May 2018.

WBJC, 91.5's STUDENT COMPOSER OF THE MONTH – JUNE 2018: 
Featured on Maryland's Classical Radio Station, WBJC, 91.5's Student Composer of the Month. A podcast where they talk with a composer each month that is currently studying or has recently studied in the greater Baltimore area. Hosted by John Scherch. 

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Conducting O Beautiful End  at the Peabody Conservatory

‘Velvet Shoes’ was written for Casie Marie Girvin, and is intended to be part of a set of songs. I began the piece in 2016 and finished it one year later, after setting the work aside for several months. The piece sets to poetry of Elinor Wylie, and paints a scene of two people walking together through a quiet snow-covered town. Although this poem has been interpreted in many ways, it is clear that this simple walk though the snow is a metaphor for a greater journey to be taken with a significant person in one’s life. The piece was premiered at the H.E.R.E. Theatre in New York City by Casie Marie Girvin and Steven Crino as part of the Sparks and Wiry Cries 2017 Song Slam Competition, where the piece was awarded third prize. The work was recorded at the Peabody Conservatory with Roc Xu as the audio engineer. 

the cerebral training of counterpoint and harmony naturally followed...[I] have a strong feeling that this young artist’s future work will keep music where it belongs: on a higher plane than so much of what we experience in this life."   -Eric Shumsky, Epoch Times 

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THE ALCHEMIST IN THE CITY (2017)

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for Baritone, flute, clarinet, Harp, Percussion, and String Quartet

for chamber orchestra (1.1.1.1-1.1.1.0-.1perc.-3.3.3.2.1)
Collegium Overture is a one movement work for Chamber Orchestra. The piece was premiered by the Temple Composer's Orchestra and conducted by Adam Vidiksis.

"An impressive collection of Temple University students affirms the quality of its school's theater and music departments with an ambitious new musical based on a legend from the 18th-century Prince Edward Island."  -Debra Miller, Phindie


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EMERGENCE (2019)

MUSIC FOR ORCHESTRA (2016)

'The Alchemist in the City' is a single movement piece written for Baritone and mixed chamber ensemble. The piece sets the poetry of Gerard Manly Hopkins and depicts an alchemist who has reached the end of his life, and is lamenting the fact that he has failed to accomplish the two primary goals of alchemy; to turn metals into gold, and to create an elixir of immortality. He also reflects on the modernization of the city around him, where he sees that alchemy no longer has a place. With this realization, the Alchemist cannot decide whether to blame the city and modernization for turning him into this anachronism, or the pursuit of alchemy itself for leading him down a path destined for defeat. For full program click here

for orchestra (2+picc.2+eh.2+bcl.2+cbsn-4.3.2+bass.1-timp.3perc.-hp-str)

Music for Orchestra was written during my first semester at the Peabody Conservatory. This reading of the composition by the Peabody Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Alan Buxbaum. 

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SHE DRIED HER TEARS (2018)

This piece was written for the Silk Ruby Trio as part of the Peabody Honor Ensemble Project.  For this project a student ensemble is featured for the year, and a composer is selected to write a piece for them. When researching the string trio repertoire, I was surprised to see how small the output is for this ensemble, especially when compared to the closely related string quartet. Therefore, I wanted to write a piece that demonstrated that this ensemble deserves to be on equal footing with the string quartet. It seemed to me that three string players were capable of producing a lush and full-bodied sound. It was this sentiment that inspired the opening of the piece, a series of double stops. I was in a way interested in aurally concealing how many performers were in this piece, and therefore double stops permeate the entire composition. For full program not click here 

EMERGENCE (2019)

SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (2014)

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COLLEGIUM OVERTURE (2015)

This piece was written for the Silk Ruby Trio as part of the Peabody Honor Ensemble Project.  For this project a student ensemble is featured for the year, and a composer is selected to write a piece for them. When researching the string trio repertoire, I was surprised to see how small the output is for this ensemble, especially when compared to the closely related string quartet. Therefore, I wanted to write a piece that demonstrated that this ensemble deserves to be on equal footing with the string quartet. It seemed to me that three string players were capable of producing a lush and full-bodied sound. It was this sentiment that inspired the opening of the piece, a series of double stops. I was in a way interested in aurally concealing how many performers were in this piece, and therefore double stops permeate the entire composition. For full program not click here 

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Catalyst (2017) is a single movement piece for solo violin. The composition was written for a master class with Peter Sheppard Skaerved at the Peabody Conservatory. A catalyst is something that causes or accelerates a reaction. It is this image that inspires the drama of the piece. As a composer who greatly values voice-leading and the independence of contrapuntal lines, I enjoyed the challenge of retaining these elements of my music with an instrument that typically plays one or two notes at a time. The passagework at the end of the piece was inspired by my upbringing as a drum set player. As a child, I used to enjoy playing drum solos in my band and when I decided that this piece needed a flashy ending, I essentially composed a drum solo for the violin. My experience as a drummer has rarely influenced my past compositions in a direct way, but I was happy to make an exception for this piece.

O BEAUTIFUL END (2012)

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Christopher Ciampoli, violin

Sonata for Violin and Piano is a three movement work performed by Ryan and Matthew Kiple.


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THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD (2018)

'The Lord is my Shepherd' is a choral piece written for SATB. The piece was written as a dedication to the memory of a close family friend. The piece was premiered at the Peabody Conservatory in Griswold Hall and was conducted by Steven Crino. 

























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"In looking over the composition—much to my pleasure—I saw at once the mind of a composer at work...The romantic nature of the work is appealing, and his soul is obviously in the music.  Leading from the heart,

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VELVET SHOES (2018)

Conducting The Lord is My Shepherd at the Peabody Conservatory

O Beautiful End is a single movement choral piece for SATB choir. The piece sets the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore and was premiered by Temple University Singers under the baton of Ianthe Marini. The paintings in this video were painted by Tagore himself. 




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Steven offers private lessons in composition, music theory, keyboard harmony, ​​counterpoint,
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Steven’s compositions have been performed throughout the East Coast, and abroad in Paris. He is a student, and Graduate Assistant, at the Peabody Conservatory where he is simultaneously pursuing a doctoral degree in composition and a master's degree in music theory pedagogy. Steven also received his MM in composition at Peabody where he studied with both Michael Hersh and
Kevin Puts. He received a BM in Music Composition from Temple University, and also studied harmony, counterpoint, analysis and composition privately for seven years with Benjamin C.S. Boyle, who serves as composition faculty at the Nadia Boulanger Summer Institute. Steven attended this program in 2012, and is still deeply influenced by this pedagogical approach today.
         Steven has had the opportunity to work with ensembles and soloists including The Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, The Composers Concordance,The Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Temple University Singers, Temple University’s New School Brass Quintet, and The Temple Composer’s Orchestra. In recent years Steven’s compositions have been recognized in several competitions. His composition, The Lord is my Shepherd, has been awarded the III International A.D. Kastalsky Choral Music Competition. His art song, She Dried Her Tears, won the Composers Concordance 8th Annual ‘Generations’ Composition Competition. Finally, in 2017 Steven was awarded 3rd place in the Sparks & Wiry Cries songSLAM in New York City for his composition Velvet Shoes.
         He has been commissioned by Guilderland 2018 Choral Festival, The Philadelphia Experimental Theatre Ensemble, and scored music for the T.V. special, “One Night Only: Live From The Essence Music Festival.” He is the recipient of the Ada Arens Morawetz Memorial Award, the Richard M. Duris Scholarship for Excellence in Classical Music and the Florence Gould Foundation Scholarship. Steven’s music has been reviewed by publications such as the Epoch Times, Philadelphia City Paper, and Phindie Magazine, and was featured on Maryland’s Classical Radio station, WBJC, 91.5’s ‘Composer of the Month’ Podcast series. Past composition instructors include: Jan Kryzwicki, Alexander Devaron, Richard Brodhead and
Philip Lasser.