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A Message from Interim Provost Frederick Sweitzer

Posted 01/11/2017
Submitted by Robyn Kelsey
Category: Campus Announcements

It is my pleasure to announce that Steve Metcalf has accepted my offer to serve as Director of the Presidents’ College, beginning January 16, 2017.  Steve is well known at the University and in the community as a journalist, administrator, educator, pianist, and composer.  For more than twenty years he was the full-time staff classical music critic/editor of the Hartford Courant, covering events throughout Connecticut as well as New York and Boston.  In addition he served as regular music commentator for National Public Radio’s internationally distributed program, “Performance Today.” His online column, Metcalf on Music, currently appears at, the online news site of Connecticut Public Broadcasting.

Steve is a Hartt graduate, and served as Assistant Dean of The Hartt School from 1976 to 1982.  He returned to Hartt as Director of the Instrumental Studies Division in 2007, and was also the founder and curator of Hartt’s nationally-recognized Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series until 2016.  The Hartt School elected him to its Board of Trustees in 2004 and subsequently named him a lifetime honorary trustee.

Steve has been the music director for a number of regional theater companies, including the celebrated Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut.  In addition, he has composed the score to the off-Broadway musical comedy "Drat!'" as well as the history-based musical, “A Woman of a Certain Age,” which received its world premiere in 2005 at the Ivoryton Playhouse.  He is a contributor to the 25-volume New Grove Dictionary of Music, and to the New Grove Dictionary of Opera.  He is also co-author of “Leroy Anderson, a Bio-Bibliography,” published by Greenwood Press.

Steve has also served as music advisor to the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, as artistic advisor to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and as a member of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.  In 1995 the Connecticut Music Educators Association named Steve its Music Advocate of the Year for his writings in support of music education in public schools.  He has served on the board of West Hartford Community Television, and recently completed a term as arts representative to the board of the Roberts Foundation.  He also was recently elected to the honorary board of Concora (Connecticut Choral Artists). 

In short, I think you will agree that Steve brings impressive credentials to the job. He succeeds Joe Voelker, former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who has guided the Presidents’ College since the founding director, Humphrey Tonkin, stepped down in 2015.  The Presidents’ College is a wonderful asset to the university and the community and we are indebted to Humphrey for his inspiration and leadership and to Joe for his steady stewardship. 

Please join me in congratulating Steve Metcalf on his new position!