3pt mixed opt Bar. or 3pt Music Catalog - Michael John Trotta

3pt mixed opt Bar. / 3pt

3pt mixed opt Bar. / 3pt Music Catalog of Composer Michael John Trotta –

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)

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 JW PepperCarl FischerECS PublishingMorningStar MusicHal LeonardChoristers GuildBriLee MusicShawnee PressAlliance MusicGIAKjosColla Voce, and Walton Music.

Read reviews of his works in Choral JournalChoral 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 EcstasyLight Shines in the DarknessSeven Last Words, Totus Tuus and Gloria.

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.”

Winter’s Cold

The contrast between the cold of winter and the warm rays of light found in nature at this time of year make this ideal for emerging choirs looking for secular seasonal repertoire. Conservative vocal ranges, cued optional notes, text painting, and echoing harmony parts all add to the accessibility of this piece. Longfellow's text shimmers in this beautiful setting for treble or mixed choirs.

Even Amid the Darkest Storm

This strong and emotional work was born out the spirit of hope that evolves when a community comes together in the face of a tragedy. Swirling winds and a raging storm are expressed with text painting, and lyrical choral lines yield to a chorus filled with hope. Conservative ranges and a supportive piano part allow this piece to make a powerful and positive statement for mixed choirs of various ages and abilities.

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.

Whatever is True

Conceived as a work for emerging choirs looking for a positive message and opportunities to develop musical skills within appropriate ranges. Whatever is True has close harmonies, optional a cappella sections, rhythmic vigor and offers many options for the growing choral ensemble. This work is a favorite with choirs and audiences a like.

I Heard the Bells

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's time-honored text is paired with original music, repeated bell ostinati, and rhythmic fun in this up-beat, festive setting. Short, optionally a cappella sections are interspersed throughout the piece, while snippets of familiar tunes are featured in the accompaniment.

Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

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Gloria SA

For the emerging choir, this energetic choral work offers an introduction of traditional text in compound meter and beginning part-singing. Whether chosen for its educational features, its lyric melody, or its bouncing energetic accompaniment, it is [...]


Movement one from the “Missa Brevis for Treble Voices”, this understated work features a 4th-Century Greek text on a unison melody in the tripartite form typical of the Kyrie. Its elegant simplicity speaks to the power of consenting to not having al [...]

Love Song

Love Song . . . Accessible vocal lines, harmonic interest, and a understated and spirited piano accompaniment, offer an access point to Rilke's mystical poetry. The addition of the soaring violin double-stops are a musical illustration of the text, [...]

Make Space for Life to Live

Make Space for Life to Live features expansive yet accessible vocal lines perfect for the emerging choir negotiating the challenges of adolescent voice change. It offers compelling melodies and singable vocal lines interwoven with a piano accompanim [...]

When I Sing to Make You Dance

When I Sing to Make You Dance was commissioned by Polly Murray and ChildrenSong of New Jersey to provide artistic expression for emerging mixed choirs. The ranges are ideal for newly changed and developing voices. An energetic piano accompaniment fe [...]