Choir Chat is a weekly conversation with composers, conductors, and anyone else in the choral world. This week’s guest is Michael John Trotta. We talk about how his lives as a composer, conductor, and clinician intersect and his exciting new work, Seven Last Words. A preview of this fabulous new work is at the end of the interview.

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Interview 55:00

Seven Last Words Preview 3 minutes

Dr. John C. Hughes is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Ripon College in Wisconsin. In addition to conducting the college’s choirs, Hughes teaches conducting, choral literature and methods, and private voice lessons. Outside of Ripon College, he is assistant conductor of the Choral Institute at the Green Lake Festival of Music and is in demand as a clinician and honor choir conductor. In addition to his busy performance schedule, Hughes is passionate about choral literature and scholarship, specializing in Lutheran music before 1600 and trends in contemporary choral composition. He is not only a frequent reviewer of new choral music, books, and recordings in the Choral Journal, but he also edits the Repertoire Forum column for the bi-monthly publication Choral Director. He also serves on the editorial board of Melisma, the newsletter of the north-central division of the American Choral Directors Association, and is a national board member of and the Wisconsin state representative for the National Collegiate Choral Organization. Hughes earned his undergraduate degree from Augustana College, M.M. from Northern Illinois University, and D.M.A. from The University of Iowa. Contact via: