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Michael John Trotta

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For the choral director struggling to motivate singers, involve the community, address funding issues, or justify programs to administration, commissioning new music is a perfect perfect way to to focus on a commemorating a special occasion or honoring a person. Additionally, it highlights the importance of the arts, shows how choral singing improves lives, and illustrates the life-changing power of music.


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Driven by a desire to support hardworking directors who commit themselves to bringing out the best in their ensembles, Dr. Trotta dedicates large portions of his time to educational composer residencies, keynotes, clinics, workshops and guest conducting.

From Carnegie Hall to classrooms all over the world, Trotta’s unique blend of engaging and artistic music creates opportunities to experience new music and empowers individuals to realize their artistic potential. His engaging style fuses tradition and innovation to create moments of beauty that “effectively carry out a dialogue between the [music] and the modern listener.” (Choral Journal).

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Drawing on years of experience as an educator, conductor, and clinician, he brings artistry and excellence within reach for thousands of musicians each year.

He publishes music in every age group and level of difficulty, seeking to provide repertoire that choirs love from the first rehearsal through the final performance.

Recently, Dr. Trotta has had world premieres commissioned for conventions at TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), in addition to being invited to conduct premieres of commissioned major works at Carnegie Hall, and at St. Paul’s Papal Basilica in Rome.

His works are published through Hampton Roads Music Group , JW Pepper, Carl Fischer, ECS Publishing, MorningStar Music, Hal Leonard, Choristers Guild, BriLee Music, Shawnee Press, Alfred Music, Alliance Music, GIA, Kjos, Colla Voce, Chorister’s Guild, Excelcia Music, and Walton Music.

Read reviews of his works in Choral Journal, Choral Scholar, and Gramophone, or watch his Inside Voice interview with JW Pepper.

Recordings can be found on iTunes for the following works: For a Breath of Ecstasy, Light Shines in the Darkness, Seven Last Words, Totus Tuus and Gloria.


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Michael John Trotta

composer and conductor

Fueled by a passion to share new music that engages conductors, ensembles, and audiences alike, Michael John Trotta (b.1978) is fast becoming one of the most “exciting and prominent new composers of choral music” (Fanfare). Drawing on his experience as a conductor and clinician, he brings artistry and excellence within reach for thousands of musicians each year.

Prior to his work as a full-time composer, his experience as an educator at the elementary, middle school, high school, and university levels – as well as a church music director – infuses his works with “an intimate knowledge of the human voice” and a “rare sensitivity to the capabilities of a choral ensemble” (Fanfare). This, combined with his degrees in music education and a doctorate in choral conducting, have grounded his style in tradition, which blend with his modern sensibilities to “inform the thoughts and aspirations of the people and the time” (Choral Scholar) and to create “tender harmonies and a palette of glowing vocal and instrumental colors” (Gramophone).

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Michael John Trotta

composer and conductor

“tender harmonies and a palette of glowing vocal and instrumental colors . . . rapturous” – Gramophone

effectively carries out that dialogue between the ancient Latin chant and the modern listener – Choral Journal

“a work solidly grounded in tradition, yet incorporates a musical language that, in George Gershwin’s words, ‘informs the thoughts and aspirations of the people and the time.’” – Robert Rawlins – The Choral Scholar

“weaves rich harmonies and memorable melodic lines into delightful tapestries of sound” Barnaby Hughes – Stage and Cinema

“inspired and deeply stirring, and the entire listening experience is a rich and vivid one” Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold – Fanfare Magazine

“elegant, singable music with a strong spiritual heft.” Brian Morton – Choir and Organ Magazine