Latest News Archives - Michael John Trotta

Virtual Choir Info

Watch this video to answer questions about: My experience with the virtual choir "You Are My Refuge" Reasons directors might consider a virtual choir Tech needed for the directors Tech needed for the singers The amount of time it takes to put it t [...]

You Are My Refuge – Virtual Choir

You Are My Refuge - Virtual Choir - This stunningly expressive 3-minute a cappella work was commissioned for high school choir programs forced to cancel concerts due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Inspiring and reflective, the rich harmonies capture a sense of both poignancy and hope.

Ubi Caritas

Ubi Caritas is a simple four-part singing, conservative ranges, and straightforward rhythms create a tapestry of sound for the solo chant line which may be sung by a soloist, performed by solo organ stop, or a C instrument. Suitable for liturgical use during Holy Week, general use, or in a concert setting. “Where there is charity and love, God is there.”

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Choir Distance Learning – High School

Choir Distance Learning - High School - Looking for online lesson ideas to use with your choir? Listening lesson, questions, linked to National Standards. and more...

Choir Distance Learning – Middle School

Choir Distance Learning - Middle School - Looking for online lesson ideas to use with your choir? Listening lesson, questions, linked to National Standards. and more...

Sample Lesson Plan Starters and Questions

Lesson Plan Topics and Sample Questions To accompany online videos found at Videos for Choir Distance Learning - Meet the Composer Access the Free Online Videos Meet the Composer (Inside Voice) Describe the music background of the composer's early [...]

Videos for Choir Distance Learning – Meet the Composer

Videos for Choir Distance Learning - in response those looking for free, online materials to use with their choirs, I have compiled a list of videos that discuss my take on the process of creating choral music. There are 45 minutes of interviews and over 2 hours of choral music. Interview topics include: Becoming a Composer, Habits for the Composition Process, and Behind the Scenes of several works, and more. Many thank for all you do and I hope this can be of assistance as we work together to keep learning and connecting through the choral art.

O Wind

You can hear the gentle wind passing by in this charming setting of the playful Robert Louis Stevenson poem, in which a child talks with the wind. Independent melodic writing in both voice parts creates artistry and depth, and the piano accompaniment adds a breezy texture. Some cued notes give an option for three-parts in places, creating an expressive feature for treble choirs of any age.

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Memorial Presbyterian Church – Featured Collaborator

This season features a collaboration with the The Memorial Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir, led by Ray McDonald, Director of Music and Organist.  Michael John Trotta’s Magnificat is a 40-minute work for choir, soprano and bass soli, and orchestra. This seven-movement work delivers a tapestry of melodic richness that powerfully portrays the anticipation of the wonder and mystery of the birth of a savior.

The Hilltop Church Mendham – Featured Collaborator

The Hilltop Church Mendham Oratorio Choir This season features a collaboration with the Hilltop Church Mendham Oratorio Choir, led by Mr. James Wynne, Director of Music Ministries. The Hilltop Church, Mendham, NJ is participating in the work, and ha [...]

Magnificat Premiere – Italy – June 2021

Magnificat will receive a premiere in Italy in June of 2021. Opportunities for a major work performance with orchestra under the direction of the composer, in Florence as well as solo ensemble performances in other Italian cities. 

Magnificat Carnegie Hall Premiere in 2020

MidAmerica Productions is pleased to announce that composer MICHAEL JOHN TROTTA will return to Carnegie Hall to conduct his work Magnificat in New York on Monday, June 22, 2020 with the New England Symphonic Ensemble Orchestra.

Gloria for Choir, Organ, Brass, & Percussion

A new work for choir, brass, organ, and percussion, Michael John Trotta’s Gloria delivers a tapestry of melodic richness. A strong sense of architecture guides the listener through the three contrasting movements, full of triumphant drama. Trotta’s work is a rare example of music that is both grounded in tradition while looking forward, all the while appealing to the modern listener.

Dusk from I Will Sing to the Stars

Written for the Jacksonville Children's Chorus, this SSAA setting of a Sara Teasdale text begins in unison. This verse structure is followed by a refrain and a canon between the two voices on the text, "the air is blue and sweet." The contrasting middle section allows the voices to become the focal point on the text, "let me sing like birds, sing before night." The third movement of the three-movement work, "I Will Sing to the Stars."


The final installment of the Missa Brevis for SA voices, this work features opportunities for unison singing and the development of independent part singing. With conservative ranges, inherit in the text are opportunities to focus on pure vowels and opportunities to work on text accentuation. An elegant addition to any concert/festival program.

Song of Myself

Conservative vocal lines combined with a spirited accompaniment captures the energetic spirit of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass making this work an attractive piece for a wide variety of mixed ensembles.


Michael Trotta's arrangement of the beloved American folk song is built on a rhythmic vocal ostinato which provides the backdrop for the soaring vocal line, casting this familiar tune in an exciting new light. This arrangement is a perfect addition to concert repertoire during concert and festival performances throughout the year. Shenandoah is also available for SATB Voices (CM9552), SSAA Voices (CM9526) and T(T)B Voices (CM9534) and is a part of the MJT Signature Series.


For mixed or treble choirs, this energetic choral work offers an introduction to the traditional Latin text with compound meter and accessible choral parts. Whether chosen for its educational features, its lyric melody or its energetic accompaniment, it is a wonderful way to open any concert. It can be used in combination with Trotta's other Latin works Kyrie; Agnus Dei and Sanctus to create a Missa Brevis.

Ubi Caritas Performed in Barcelona

This spring, a choir from Dallas, TX, made a choral pilgrimage to Spain, where they performed a host of repertoires in Sagrada Familia and Montserrat. Among their pieces was a stunning rendition of Ubi Caritas.

Choral Journal Review – Seven Last Words

Michael John Trotta’s passion setting, Seven Last Words, was commissioned through the efforts of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. It is set for SATB choir and soloists, with a full symphonic version available. Churches of modest means will be particularly interested, however, in the chamber orchestration.