Dr. Scott Meister

Main Title: 
Steely Pan Steel Band Director, Theory/Composition Program Director
Office Location: 
Room 418, Broyhill Music Center
Phone Number: 
Classroom Faculty
Studio Faculty - Percussion
Music Theory/Composition

Scott Meister, born in Elyria, Ohio in 1950, received the Doctor of Musical Arts in composition and the Master of Music in percussion and composition/theory from the University of Miami. His Bachelor of Music degree in education is from Ashland College in Ashland, Ohio. He holds the Sharpe Chair Professorship of Composition at Appalachian State University where he has been a professor in the School of Music since 1974.

He teaches composition, directs the Steely Pan Steel Band®, the Middle-Eastern Ensemble,and is the director of the Electronic/M.I.D.I. Studio. Dr. Meister has over fifty published works and has received commissions for bands, choirs, and a variety of chamber ensembles. He has won numerous composition awards, the most recent being his sixth A.S.C.A.P. Composers Award. His composition "Gravitons" for orchestra and piano, was premiered by the Indianapolis Symphony and his "Feles Galactica" was performed by the Virginia intercollegiate Symphonic Band. As a guest composer at the Spoleto Festival, his composition, "HIGAZ" was performed and recorded by the Charleston Symphony. He has won the Hinda Honigman Gold Cup for Composition twice and he is listed in "Contemporary American Composers: A Biographical Dictionary".

Because of Dr. Meister's interest in Arabic, Irish and Caribbean music, instruments from these cultures are incorporated in many of his works, ie., doumbecs, zills, frame drums, steel drums, etc. Over the past several years he has devoted much of his time to the study of the making/tuning of steel drums.


  • "Feles Galactica" for wind esemble - sound file [mp3]
  • "Sandhill Chronicles" for symphonic band
  • "Islands" for clarinet and tape
  • "Air Music" for 8 balloons
  • "Inside an Egg" for analog electronics sound file [mp3]
  • "Three Inner Circuits" for organ - sound files [mp3] One Two Three
  • "Strings" for 8 percussionist bowing a piano
  • "Doumbec" for 15 percussionist playing Mid-Eastern percussion instruments
  • "Water Music" for 12 percussionist
  • "4 Synthetic Miniatures" for marimba sound file [mp3]
  • "Fantasmi" for bassoon
  • "Introduction" for MIDI trio ( digital guitar, electronic cello, MIDI DrumKat)
  • "Collaboration" for MIDI trio
  • "Fur Spielen" for bassoon
  • "Caterpillar/Centipede" for solo MIDI MalletKat and DrumKat sound file  [mp3]
  • "Richtugen" for woodwind quintet
  • "Five Archetypes" for two pianos - sound files [mp3] One Two Three Four Five
  • "3 Maqamat" for percussion and bassoon Nawa Athar [mp3] Nakriz [mp3] Saba Kurd [mp3]
  • "HIGAZ" for orchestra - sound file [mp3]
  • "TAQSIM" for Percussion septet
  • "Voice Music" for SATB - sound file [mp3]
  • "Ka Ma Re Ta" for SATB - sound file [mp3]
  • "3 Changes" for violin and percussion
  • "Mas Carnivale" for orchestra
  • "Waves Against......" for bassoon and steel drum (double seconds) lava [mp3] ice [mp3] sand [mp3]
  • "penumbra" for clarinet and percussion
  • "Waves Against......" for bassoon and marimba
  • "Arabic Dances" for tuba and percussion
  • "Calypsoca" for steel band and percussion ensemble
  • "Dances of Nahawand" for wind ensemble - sound file  [mp3]
  • "Two Places in Trinidad: Traffic in Port of Spain and Maracas Bay" for tenor pan and double seconds
  • "Contrastinctive" for tenor steel drum
  • "Rotante Spiritica" for orchestra sound file [mp3]
  • "scenes" for flute, bassoon, soprano saxophone, viola and percussion (bodrhan, muzhar, doumbec, etc.) sound file [mp3]
  • 52 steel band arrangements

Publications & Presentations