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TESTIMONIALS

"I have to say that I am really privileged to know a composer like Stephen Hill and I am glad I can call him a friend. I highly recommend checking out his website!" 

Eric Villalobos

Band Director, Warren High School

"I loved this one (Run in such a way...")...so did the kids! Light & fun!"

Doug Nordquist

Band Director, California High School (Retired)

"Such a nice piece (Run in such a way..."), Stephen. I so enjoy listening to your music and the surprise each one brings."

Shannon Scott

Classmate, Ouachita Baptist University

"Just finished listening to your piece (Run in such a way...")! Well done, and sounds very accessible for HS strings. I can well imagine that they will want to really dig in on this because of the excellent rhythm features and figures throughout. Bravo!"

Gerry Willis

Composer / CSULA Symphonic Band

"Excellent work, my friend! I'm sure they will be eager to master this piece. Glad your faith still inspires your music."

Dr. Craig Vire

Pastor / Classmate, Ouachita Baptist University

"Dear Stephen, it was a huge honor to get to share "The River" with the students, staff, and audience at Wildwood Institute of Music and Arts (2019) Your kind support of our efforts to provide all of those students with the best possible music education and music making experiences was sincerely appreciated by all concerned. Thank you so much for gracing us all with your time, talent, and camaraderie, good sir."

Leonard Narumi

Honor Band Guest Conductor / Wildwood Music Camp / Schurr High School (Retired) 

"Saxes in the beginning ("The River") remind me of the horns in the opening of "Caccia" by McBeth. In fact, the whole presentation of the theme does! Lovely seeing the whole development of it all. Nicely done!."

Ethan Blackburn

Composer / Former Student California High School

"...and finally we were to premiere Stephen Hill's new multi-movement work 'Harmelodic Configurations' a witty and clever collection of themes depicting images that came to the composer from life in California - from 'Driving the 5' to the 'Eastern Sierra's'. I look forward to bringing Stephen's work to life in the future." 

Dr. John Burdett

Conductor - Wind Ensemble Azusa Pacific University

"A great selection (Lacrimosa) to work on beautiful tone, blend, and balance. Nice!"

Doug Nordquist

Band Director, California High School (Retired)

(Lacrimosa) "Beautiful and dramatic, Stephen. 

Craig Jordan

Composer / Arranger / Band and Orchestra Director, Hutchison Middle School

"I enjoyed it, ("Before the mountains were born...") Stephen. I have always liked your style of writing. I hope I'll get to play or conduct this piece."

Doug Nordquist

Band Director, California High School (Retired)

"I really love this piece ("Before the mountains were born..."), the opening to the Chorale is beautiful!"

Shannon Scott

Classmate, Ouachita Baptist University

"Wow!! If I had a band...Francis is smiling!" ("Before the mountains were born...")

Don Gunderson

SCSBOA Festival Judge / Retired Band Director

"Texture, tone colors, dynamics, some of my favorite words in music. Great Steve!" ("Before the mountains were born...")

Mark Cuneo

Retired Band Director

"Dude. I knew you at Cerritos College. Great job. Keep it up." ("Before the mountains were born...")

Dr. David Englert

Composer / College Professor / Pianist

"What a great addition ("In your splendor ride triumphantly...") to the repertoire list for Southern California Bands! Stephen Hill's music is well-crafted and fun to play."

Dr. Kenneth Meints

Conductor, Orchestra Omaha / Omaha Conservatory of Music

Don Gunderson

SCSBOA Festival Judge / Retired Band Director

"Heard this performance live and thoroughly enjoyed it!" ("In your splendor ride triumphantly...")

Steve Graves

SCSBOA Festival Judge / Band Director, Lexington Middle School

"This really reminds me of John Williams' "Olympic Fanfare and Theme. The kids always loved playing this!" ("McBeth: Fanfare and Hymn")

Doug Nordquist

Band Director, California High School (Retired)

"The music is delightful, great music that is really fun to play, really great to listen to, educational in nature, and just really good music. Excellent rating."

Dr. Amy Gillingham Culligan

Orchestra Director - Northern Kentucky University

"I love it... "carnivorous" at times and whimsical at others! Well done!" ("Divergent Pulsations")

Doug Nordquist

Band Director, California High School (Retired)

"Thank you for your beautiful music, Stephen, and for sharing it with me. It's a privilege and a joy to play it." 

Anne Madison

Pianist, Omaha Conservatory of Music

"It was a wonderful capturing of the spirit of the story in music. Very moving!" ("My Two Blankets")

Dr. Kenneth Meints

Conductor, Orchestra Omaha / Omaha Conservatory of Music

"Can't wait to share the finished production with you, Steve!!! It's been amazing to sit in rehearsals and recordings!" ("My Two Blankets")

Lydia Conway

Omaha Conservatory of Music

"Wow, Stephen, that is a magnificent piece! "Mac" (our teacher, Francis McBeth), would be so proud and would have loved it!" ("Saddle Up!")

Shannon Scott

Classmate, Ouachita Baptist University

"Fun piece...the kids loved it!" ("Saddle Up!")

Doug Nordquist

Band Director, California High School (Retired)

"We shot and recorded this beautiful gem of a piece by Stephen Hill called "Fishing with a Friend". This piece meant so much to us when we finally got a chance to rehearse together again. It had been months since we had last played together! The main melody just embodies the simplicity of what friendship is - people that make good times better and the hard times easier." ("Fishing with a Friend")

ACE Trio

Shannon Canchola - Flute, Ryan Glass - Clarinet, Jason Stoll - piano

"Bravo to the Composer & Musicians. Beautifully done."  ("Fishing with a Friend")

Stephen Melillo

Composer / Stormworks

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