Steve Metcalf of West Hartford has been named director of the University of Hartford’s Presidents’ College, a non-credit program that offers short courses throughout the year for adults, taught by University of Hartford faculty and visiting lecturers. Metcalf succeeds Joe Voelker, University English professor and former dean of the University’s College of Arts and Sciences, who led the Presidents’ College since 2015.
Known throughout the region as a journalist, educator, pianist, and composer, Metcalf worked as a classical music critic and editor at the Hartford Courant for more than 20 years. He reported on events throughout Connecticut, as well as New York and Boston. His column, Metcalf on Music, is currently published on Connecticut Public Broadcasting’s WNPR.org.
Metcalf has a long history at the University of Hartford, having graduated from The Hartt School, where he also served as assistant dean from 1976-82. Metcalf returned to The Hartt School in 2007 as director of the Instrumental Studies Division, and was the founder and curator of Hartt’s nationally recognized Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series until 2016. Metcalf was elected to Hartt’s Board of Trustees in 2004 and is a lifetime honorary trustee of The Hartt School.
Metcalf also was music director for a number of regional theater companies, including the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut. He composed the score to the off-Broadway musical comedy Drat!, as well as the history-based musical A Woman of a Certain Age, which premiered 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 the co-author of Leroy Anderson, a Bio-Bibliography, published by Greenwood Press.
In addition, Metcalf 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 Metcalf 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 was recently elected to the honorary board of Concora (Connecticut Choral Artists).
For more information about the Presidents’ College, visit hartford.edu/presidentscollege.