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.

Shenandoah

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.

Gloria

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.

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.

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.

Composer Meet and Greet – ACDA 2019

Composer Meet and Greet ACDA 2019Thurs. Feb 28, 5:00pm-6:00pmJW Pepper Booth Benefits of attending the meet and greet:   Solutions for taking your choir to the next level Find new music your choir will love Benefits of selecting appropriate rep [...]

Te Deum for Choir, Organ, and Brass

Following the success and Carnegie Hall debut of Seven Last Words and Gloria, choirs will be selected to be part of an international consortium of choirs where each choir will host their own premiere during 2020.

The Life Changing Power of Music – Commissioning Music for Choir

Life changing power of music - Commissioning Music for Choir: Learn how music can give you better sleep, less pain, boost brain power and more. We surveyed 50 choral directors and asked them what they most wanted to know about the process. The answers might surprise you . . . or you many find that they have the very same questions as you.

Experience How Choral Singing Improves Lives – Commissioning Music for Choir

Experience how choral singing improves lives - Commissioning Music for Choir. Learn about the breakthorugh studies that show the power of choral music. It is wonderful that so much good news has been coming out to support the power of music. It is one thing to be able to have a belief and experience of the power of music, but now science is proving what we already know: choral music changes lives for the better.

Benefits of Commissioning New Music – Commissioning Music for Choir

Commissioning Music for Choir: Discover the three things choral directors are most interested in when considering commissioning new music for choir. We surveyed 50 choral directors and asked them what they most wanted to know about the process. The answers might surprise you . . . or you many find that they have the very same questions as you.

Commissioning Music for Choir FAQs

Commissioning Music for Choir: Discover the three things choral directors are most interested in when considering commissioning new music for choir. We surveyed 50 choral directors and asked them what they most wanted to know about the process. The answers might surprise you . . . or you many find that they have the very same questions as you.

Highlighting the Importance of the Arts – Commissioning Music for Choir

Highlighting the Importance of the Arts - Commissioning new music is a wonderful way to show the power of what is possible. It can become an integral part of a community by motivating students and involving parents, and provides an opportunity to address the top issues facing music education. The creation and performance of new music teaches transferable skills for a lifetime of success.

Love’s Pure Light Silent Night

This beautiful setting of Silent Night employs the original text with new music scored for SATB a cappella voices and optional descant. Color reigns supreme as the text is almost treated in a secondary manner. Mostly homophonic with a brief aleatoric moment that captures the ear. A very distinctive and memorable arrangement for any choir.

Commissioning Music for Choir: The Process

Commissioning Music for Choir: Learn about the Process of Commissioning Music for Choir. There is a detailed four step process that is involved in crafting each new piece of choral music: Vision, Writing, Rehearsal, and Performance.

Chancel Choir of First Presbyterian Church – Featured Collaborator

This season features a collaboration with the Chancel Choir of First Presbyterian Church, Dr. Aaron Rice, Director of Classic Music Ministry.  This three movement setting uses a tapestry of sonorous harmonies that are triumphant, reflective and energetic to encompass both the history and the relevance of one of the oldest texts in the Christian tradition.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Choir – Featured Collaborator

This season features a collaboration with the St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Choir, Michael Monnikendam, Director of Music Ministries. This three movement setting uses a tapestry of sonorous harmonies that are triumphant, reflective and energetic to encompass both the history and the relevance of one of the oldest texts in the Christian tradition.

Commissioning Music for Choir (an Introduction)

Commissioning Music for Choir: Discover the three things choral directors are most interested in when considering commissioning new music for choir. We surveyed 50 choral directors and asked them what they most wanted to know about the process. The answers might surprise you . . . or you many find that they have the very same questions as you.