Posting Date: April 16, 2012
Meet Steven Melin: Pianist and composer
By Brittany Kell
Photos by Tracie L. Hinnant
Steven Melin always knew music was his passion. The Lawrenceville native has been playing the piano since age seven. Steven explains, “I’ve always come alive when playing instruments and writing music, so becoming a music major was the next logical step in my lifelong career.”
Kennesaw State University was a perfect fit for Steven because he was searching for a large university with a small, but strong music program. “KSU has offered me great opportunities in the piano program, namely master classes, in addition to being able to participate in multiple large ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra, Chorale and Percussion Ensemble,” Steven says.
Now a senior, Steven says his favorite part of KSU is its incredibly skilled and dedicated professors. Steven comments, “Each and every KSU music professor has had a significant impact on my college journey.” One of his favorite instructors is Soohyun Yun, assistant professor of piano, who has pushed him to become a better pianist than he could have ever imagined. “Steven is an excellent student who works extremely hard and goes the extra mile,” Yun shares. “Steven is passionate, positive, reliable and never exhausted. He is a leader who is always well prepared with his assignments.”
Since day one, Steven worked hard to obtain all of his goals at KSU. Steven has participated in piano recitals and performed with the KSU Symphony Orchestra, Chorale and Percussion Ensemble. He has premiered numerous small ensemble works at student composition recitals as well. In 2010, Steven won first place in the KSU Concerto Competition Composition Division for his piece entitled “Tempest” which was performed later by the KSU Symphony Orchestra. As a result of his hard work, Steven received the Cobb County Music Teachers Association piano scholarship all eight semesters that he has attended KSU.
Besides music, Steven enjoys camping and serving for his church by leading a small group of high school students. After graduation in May, Steven plans on attending a graduate film school to pursue a master’s degree in film music composition. For others wishing to pursue a degree in music, Steven quotes Director of Orchestras Michael Alexander, “Be professional always—this means always going to class and being prepared for every lesson and rehearsal.”