Margaret Shelton Meier, Ph.D.


Margaret S. Meier’s compositions, performed throughout the United States and in countries around the world, are in many genres: orchestral, choral, art songs, chamber music and instrumental solos.  Her numerous awards include the ASCAP Standard Award (1990-2013). Her compositions appear in the CD catalogues of Albany, Vienna Modern Masters, Naxos and Raven.


Dr. Meier has taught in California's three college and university systems, primarily in the areas of piano and music theory. She currently maintains a private music studio where she teaches piano and theory. She also served as the music director for eight churches, 2 interdenominational, 2 American Baptist, 2 Lutheran (ELCA) and 2 United Methodist, over a period of 40 years.


Margaret Meier received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester during the years when Howard Hanson was director of the school and actively conducting the school chorus during recordings of his works for chorus and orchestra. Her M.A. is from the California State University, Los Angeles, where she studied composition with Byong-Kon Kim. In 1983, she became the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in music composition from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). She studied under Roy Travis, Paul Reale and Alden Ashforth.


I hope you enjoy exploring my website and will discover that an inventory of my works covers a broad scope, from simple, brief songs for community singing to exciting music for orchestra, and that you will be inspired to purchase my music on CDs (and now some are available as mp3s.) I am happy to answer any questions you have at the e-dress.


Although I find writing instrumental music challenging and exciting, my first love is writing vocal music, solo and choral, a capella and accompanied, sacred and ‘secular’. A text that is profound and universal in its view, coupled with music that reflects the depth and meaning of the words, is, for me, the greatest expression of soul speaking to soul.

Margaret  S. Meier

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