Setnor School of Music
Assistant Teaching Professor, Music Composition, Theory
Harold Meltzer is a composer, focused increasingly on making large-scale vocal and dramatic works as well as instrumental works inspired by architectural spaces.
Recent commissions have come from the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Fromm and Koussevitzky Music Foundations, the McKim Fund at the Library of Congress, Piano Spheres in Los Angeles, the Boston Chamber Music Society, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Meltzer’s previous positions include James E. and Grace W. Valentine Visiting Associate Professor of Music, Amherst College; adjunct assistant professor of music, Vassar College; and visiting lecturer, Yale College.
Meltzer's awards and honors include nominated finalist for the Pulitzer Prize (2009), the Rome Prize (2005), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2003), both the Charles Ives Fellowship (2004) and the Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2015), and the Barlow Prize (2008), as well as residencies at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation (2013), Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center (2003), Yaddo (2002), and MacDowell Colony (six residencies between 1992 and 2016). He has served on the board and for many years been chair of the Artists’ Council of NewMusicUSA and is currently on the advisory board of both Composers Now and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation.