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Way to Go! Immanuel Mellis of Bellmore

Immanuel Mellis, a student at Wellington C. Mepham

Immanuel Mellis, a student at Wellington C. Mepham High School in Bellmore, with Mepham music teacher Eric Vivelo. Photo Credit: Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District

A Bellmore student with a passion for composing recently got news that was music to his ears.

Immanuel Mellis, a senior at Wellington C. Mepham High School, is one of 14 students statewide whose compositions were chosen for performance at the New York State School Music Association’s 2016 winter conference, to be held Dec. 1-4 in Rochester.

The 17-year-old wrote the contemporary orchestral composition for his father to express his feelings about their relationship. Titled “The Seed at Growth,” it is about four-and-a-half minutes long.

“This is the most exciting thing that’s happened to me,” Mellis said.

His pieces have been performed at the New York Summer Music Festival and the Community Music Center of Boston’s Young Composers Festival, and he is a two-time regional finalist for compositions submitted in the New York State PTA Reflections Program.

At Mepham, he is vice president of the school’s orchestra, viola section leader and co-president of the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club. He is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, National Honor Society and English honor society.

He also has played in the All-County Music Festival and Long Island String Festival Association.

“Immanuel is a wonderful young man and student who is mature beyond his years,” said Janet Goller, president of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District’s school board.


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