In choral composition, all streams of musical thought, imagination, and expression flow from one creative spring—the text. One hears in the music of Stephen Caracciolo not only a love for the lyrical beauty of the human voice but an ardent desire to serve the text in a manner that illumines the meaning of the words being set. With an approach to composition that varies from work to workdepending on the nature of the poetry or the given parameters of a commission, Caracciolo’s works consistently search for something beautiful, truthful, and enriching to the human mind and spirit. His output demonstrates a profound respect for the past—seamlessly assimilating and reinterpreting the music of previous generations while offering something of substance to the ongoing musical conversation. In all, a certain sacredness, mystery, or quiet prayer permeates Caracciolo’s writing as it creates a satisfying musical bridge between the ancient and the modern.