Harold Goltzer, former associate principal bassoonist with the New York Philharmonic, died peacefully at his home in Carbondale on Dec. 4. He was 89.Goltzer was born on Nov. 15, 1915, in New York. He studied bassoon with the legendary Simon Kovar, a member of the New York Philharmonic, and at the Juilliard School of Music as a recipient of the New York Philharmonic Scholarship. He graduated from that institution in 1936. During this time, he was a member of the National Orchestral Association, whose faculty he later joined. In 1937, he became a member of the Columbia Broadcasting Symphony, as well as recording with many radio and television orchestras, including Bell Telephone, Firestone, Omnibus, and the NBC Opera among others. In 1958, Goltzer became associate principal bassoon of the New York Philharmonic, a position he held until his retirement in 1983.In addition to his active performance schedule, Goltzer was a teacher, serving on the faculties of the Hartt School, the Juilliard School, Mannes College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music and Queens College. He was also a member of the Aspen Music Festival for many summers, from the 1950s into the 1990s. Goltzer’s students now perform in major orchestras throughout the world and have remained in close contact with their mentor. His organized-scale studies are practiced by many generations of students worldwide. Since his retirement, Goltzer has resided in Colorado.Goltzer was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 52 years, Marcelle Cayton Goltzer; his brother, Irving, and sister-in-law, Anne Goltzer; and his sister, Dorothy, and brother-in-law, Joseph Starley. He is survived by his brother, Albert, and sister-in-law, Doris, of Westport, Conn.; his son, Eric, of Philadelphia; and daughter, Dana Coppolino, of Marble.Also, his adored grandchildren, Alyssa Ohnmacht, and grandson-in-law, David Savard, of Marble; John Ohnmacht, of Boulder; Andrea Goltzer, of Aston, Pa.; and Elizabeth Goltzer, of Norristown, Pa.; his cherished great-grandchildren, Olivia and Erica Savard, of Marble; his many nieces and nephews; and his many students who became like members of his family.Services were privately held. The family offers sincere thanks to the many caregivers and health workers who gave selflessly of their time during the past few years. Contributions in his name may be made to the Marble Charter School, 412 West Main St., Marble, CO 81623, and to Roaring Fork Hospice at Valley View Hospital, 1906 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.
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