沈錦堂，創作與教學熱忱並進的客籍作曲家；1940 年 3 月 22 日出生於新竹關西，2016 年 9 月 7日逝世於臺北。美國紐約市立大學布魯克林學院音樂研究所碩士。曾任職臺灣省立交響樂團（今國立臺灣交響樂團），並持續任教於國立臺灣藝術大學音樂系，與國內多所音樂相關科系；其音樂創作各具特色，風格各異，作品《漂流》曾獲愛國藝術歌曲創作首獎，長年為臺灣音樂創作，情感真摯而溫柔，弦歌不輟。
SHEN Chin-Tang (SHEN Jin-Tang) is a passionate composer and music educator of Hakka heritage. He was born in Hsinchu County’s Guanhsi Township on March 22, 1940 and currently lives in New Taipei City’s Xizhi District. Shen earned a master’s degree in music from the City University of New York’s Brooklyn College. He has worked for the National Taiwan Symphony and has taught in the music department at the National Taiwan University of Arts, as well as the music departments at many other universities in Taiwan. All of his musical works are quite unique and in different styles. The piece "Drifting" was awarded the top prize in the Patriotic Art Song Composition Awards. With sincerity and warmth, Shen composed music for Taiwan. The music in his heart never stops.