Venite Adoremus – Broadcast 2019

See the world premiere performance of Venite Adoremus, a new 5 movement work for choir, soprano, bass, and orchestra. The work centers around the text "Venite Adormeus" (O Come Let's Us Adore Him), tells the story of the Nativity according to the Gospel of Luke, as well includes a more intimate portrait of the birth in two a cappella settings: the Shepherds carol by Margaret Deland and the traditional O Magnum Mysterium (O Great Mystery).

Venite Adoremus for Choir and Orchestra

Experience the majesty, mystery, and wonder of the Nativity with Venite Adoremus, a new 5 movement work for choir, soprano, bass, and orchestra. The work centers around the text "Venite Adormeus" (O Come Let's Us Adore Him), tells the story of the Nativity according to the Gospel of Luke, as well includes a more intimate portrait of the birth in two a cappella settings: the Shepherds carol by Margaret Deland and the traditional O Magnum Mysterium (O Great Mystery).

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 [...]

If I Can Sing, I Will Be Free

This stirring testament to the power of music, Sara Teasdale's text is set to a captivating melody, careful use of suspensions, and an optional violin and cello obbligato. "For with my singing, I can make a refuge for my spirits sake." Breathtaking.

Stay With Us (Peace Be With You)

Stay With Us (Peace Be With You) is elegant in its simplicity and perfectly provides opportunities for artistic performance with limited rehearsal time.

Set Me As a Seal

Elegant simplicity is the hallmark of this stunning setting of a favorite text, "for love is as strong as death."

When In Our Music God Is Glorified

This beloved text is recast for a cappella choirs, and promises to be a favorite of choirs and listeners alike. "How often making music we have found . . . a new dimension in a world of sound." An Alleluia acts as a refrain and connecting material for the legato verses. The last 23 bars of the song also can double as a brief "Alleluia" in a worship setting. The optional descant soars above the choir, adding a halo above the work. Part-dominant MP3 practice tracks are available as multi-user bundles (includes all parts for the selected arrangement and allows file sharing within the choir), and single-user versions (licensed to the purchaser only; file sharing is prohibited). The accompaniment MP3 download includes both a fully produced version and a piano-only version.

Alleluia

Sonorous harmonies and straightforward rhythms make this piece an attractive choir for a wide variety of uses.

Flying For Joy of the Flight

An uplifting work, this setting wonderfully captures the inspirational Margaret Fuller text, "I rise on, upward forever, gathering strength, gaining breath, from the spirit of life."

Thanks, and Thanks; and Ever Thanks

This a cappella setting opens with a haunting melody asking the question, "what song can I bring in thanks for everything?" The answer comes from a rhythmic response setting from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, "I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks; and ever thanks."

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.

To First Seek The Kingdom

The innovative approach to the text utilizes a question-and-answer format with the question sung in a subdued fashion and the answer intensifying in range, complexity, and volume. The piano and flute parts provide an underlying momentum.

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.

Spring Carol

A rousing melody set in compound duple meter, the music depicts the imagery of streamlets gushing and the many sounds of rejoicing nature that accompany with spring. A brief section in simple meter is excerpted from a “Spring Song” and denotes a scene of pastoral tranquility “the air was full of sun and birds . . . and I knew love.” The original musical material returns along with the concluding stanza of the carol, this time accompanied by a soaring descant heralding the beginning of a new season.

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."

Peace from I Will Sing to the Stars

Written for the Jacksonville Children's Chorus, this SSAA setting of a Sara Teasdale text is set completely for unaccompanied voices. The text, "Peace flows into me…," is introduced on a single note, gently expanding to a fuller sonority. The next section features a straightforward declamation of the text, followed by a rhythmic ostinato that lays a foundation for legato vocal lines in the upper voices. The piece then concludes on the single note from which it began. The second movement of the three-movement work, "I Will Sing to the Stars."

Joy from I Will Sing to the Stars

Written for the Jacksonville Children's Chorus, this SSAA setting of a Sara Teasdale text opens with a sort of call and response between the voices. The music then transitions to a contrasting key and a stark contrast featuring the chorus alone. The beginning them is heard again to conclude the piece with the repeated text, "I love, I am loved." The first movement of the three-movement work, "I Will Sing to the Stars."

Psalm 145

A big, fun festival piece. The children's choir part is prominent and often sings with or against the adults, so it's essential.

O Gracious Light

While this ancient Greek evening hymn text Phos hilaron is set for a cappella SATB divisi voices, it is within the reach of most mixed-voice choirs.

The Frosted Pane

Slow and delicate, this piece uses fine vocal writing to paint a picture of winter beauty.

Sanctus

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.