Location: Virginia, USA
Dr. Michael John Trotta is a composer, conductor, and clinician frequently accepting commissions and conducting engagements throughout the country. As an educator, he has held positions at the middle school, high school, and university levels. As a composer he is published with Walton Music, Alliance, Colla Voce Inc., GIA Publications, Kjos Music Company, MorningStar and Carl Fischer Publications. He earned his doctorate (DMA) in choral conducting from Lousiana State University.
He currently serves as Director of Choral Stuides at Virignia Wesleyan College. Prior to this appointment he was Assoicate Director of Choral Studies at Oklahoma State University and directed the Tiger Glee Club at Lousiana State University.
While working in the Philadelphia Metro area, Trotta served as the Artistic Director for Hope Lives On, a concert to benefit the pediatric cancer research at the Children’s Hospital.
He has toured Europe three times and has performed in St. Peter’s, Santa Maria Maggiore (Rome), St. Mark’s (Venice), Casa Verdi (Milan) and the Santa Maria Del Fiore, the Duomo (Florence). He has worked with Morten Lauridsen, Sir David Wilcocks, and John Rutter.
As a composer, he collaborates with Universities, High Schools, community groups, and churches to write music that fits the needs of each ensemble. For more information, a full list of works, and recorded samples visit his website.
He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife Rachel, an artist, singer, writer, painter, dancer, and educator who is a living reminder of the M.C. Richards quote, “All of the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.”