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Dr. Michael J. Trotta

Michael J. Trotta

Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music


B.M., M.M., Rowan University
D.M.A., Louisiana State University

Office Location: Fine Arts 16
Phone: 757.455.3282
Affiliation: Faculty
Department/s: Music

Composer, Michael John Trotta is a frequent guest conductor and clinician with a variety of ensembles throughout the country. His compositions are published with Walton, Alliance, Colla Voce, GIA, Kjos, Carl Fischer, Alliance, and MorningStar and are performed all over the world. He earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Louisiana State University, and a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) and a Master of Music (Choral Conducting) from Rowan University. As an educator, he has held positions at the middle school, high school, and university levels. He is currently the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Virginia Wesleyan College. He has been recognized by ASCAP and ACDA for contributions as a composer of choral music. He was honored by the Foundation for Excellence in Education and received the ASCAP Award for significant contributions to the area of Choral Concert Music. For more information, recordings, samples, and a full list of works, visit his website:

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 of Philadelphia. After teaching for five years in primary and secondary choral music, he served as an adjunct faculty member at Rowan University, where he had teaching responsibilities in choral music with the Concert Choir, WOCHO (women's chorus) and Statesmen (men's chorus) and in music history.

He has toured Europe three times and has performed in St. Peter's Basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore (Rome), St. Mark's (Venice), Casa Verdi (Milan) and the Santa Maria Del Fiore, the Duomo (Florence) and Carnegie Hall (New York). He has worked with Morten Lauridsen, Sir David Wilcocks, and John Rutter.

A noted composer of choral music, his work "I Will Keep Still" was recently selected as the winner of the Inaugural Composition Contest for the professional eChoir Dayton project. The work is part of a project that is pioneering new methods of recording, performing, and distributing choral music. In 2011, he premiered "Dedication to Life" a multi-movement work for Soprano and Baritone soloists, Choir, French Horn, Strings, and Harp. Over the next two years, he will release eight new pieces of music throughout the country. His works are frequently performed and recorded nationally and internationally. Plans are underway for a professional CD of his compositions in 2014. He regularly collaborates, as both conductor and composer, with Universities, High Schools, community groups, and churches to write music that fits the needs of each ensemble. His compositions have been called "a true choral gem" (JW Pepper) and his work as a conductor has been heralded as "An Outstanding Example" (ChoralNet). In an article on ChoralNet entitled A Gateway to the Present Moment, A Connection to Something Greater Than Ourselves, Michael said: "Taking part in choral music, whether as an audience member, singer, conductor, or composer, is an opportunity to slow down time long enough to allow the beauty of life to catch up with you." 

Michael lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with his wife Rachel, an artist, singer, writer, painter, 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."

For more information, a full list of his works, and recorded samples, you can visit his website (

2014                                       Benediction (SATB/Piano) Kjos

2014                                       Behold, How Good (SATB/unaccompanied) MorningStar

2014                                       What if you sleep? (3pt/piano) Carl Fischer

2014                                       Love Song (3pt-mixed/piano/violin) Carl Fischer

2014                                       Song of Myself (TB/piano) Carl Fischer

2014                                       In The Bleak Midwinter (SATB/strings/oboe) Colla Voce

2014                                       In The Bleak Midwinter (TTB/piano/oboe) Colla Voce

2014                                       In The Bleak Midwinter (SSA/piano/oboe) Colla Voce

2013                                       Prayer for Peace (SATB/unaccompanied) Morning Star Publications (MSM 50-8515)

2013                                       And Peace Shall Guard You (SATB/unaccompanied) Morning Star (MSM 50-8515)

2013                                       Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind (SATB div/unaccomp) Walton

2013                                       Break of Day (SATB/piano/English horn or oboe) Carl Fischer Publications (CM-9296)

2013                                       Break of Day (SSA/piano/English horn or oboe) Carl Fischer Publications (CM-9280)

2013                                       Make Space for Life to Live (3pt-mixed/piano) Carl Fischer Publications (CM-9289)

2013                                       Make Space for Life to Live (TB/piano)Carl Fischer Publications (CM-9283)

2013                                       Make Space for Life to Live (SA/piano) Carl Fischer Publications (CM-9274)

2013                                       Walk Forth Securely (SATB/keyboard/oboe) Carl Fischer Publications (SCM-9)

2012                                       I Will Keep Still (SATB/unaccompanied) Alliance Music Publications AMP 0892

2012                                       When I Sing to Make You Dance (SATB/piano) Carl Fischer Publications (CM-9250)

2012                                       When I Sing to Make You Dance (SSA/piano) Carl Fischer Publications (CM-9266)

2012                                       All is Calm (SATB/unaccompanied) Kjos Publications

2012                                       I Shall See (SATB / unaccompanied) Morning Star Publications (MSM 50-8092)

2011                                       All Beautiful (SATB/piano) Colla Voce Publications  (48-96650)

2010                                       Veni Creator Spiritus (SATB/unaccompanied) Published with GIA (G-7744)

2009                                       In The Bleak Midwinter (SATB/piano/oboe) Published with Colla Voce (#48-96680)

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