'''Stephen Paulus''' (August 24, 1949 - October 19, 2014) was a Grammy nominated American composer, best known for his operas and choral music. His best-known piece is his 1982 opera ''The Postman Always Rings Twice'', one of several operas he composed for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, which prompted ''The New York Times'' to call him "a young man on the road to big things".[] Henahan, Donal, "The Postman Always Rings Twice in St. Louis." ''New York Times'', June 20th 1982. (Accessed 15 December 2006). His style is essentially tonal, and melodic and romantic by nature.[] Kirk, Elise, "Stephen Paulus", ''Grove Music Online'', ed. L. Macy. (Accessed 15 December 2006) He received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim Foundation and won the prestigious Kennedy Center Friedheim Prize. He was commissioned by such notable organizations as the Minnesota Opera, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus, the American Composers Orchestra, the Dale Warland Singers, the Harvard Glee Club and the New York Choral Society.[] Composer biography, from his web site (Accessed 15 December 2006) Paulus was a passionate advocate for the works and careers of his colleagues. He co-founded the American Composers Forum in 1973, the largest composer service organization in the U.S., and served as the Symphony and Concert Representative on the ASCAP Board of Directors from 1990 until his death (from complications following a stroke in July 2013) in 2014.[]