Virginia Wesleyan Chorale
Wesleyan Singers provides students with the opportunity to explore music making in a chamber ensemble setting. An additional level of personal responsibility, as well as a willingness to prepare music outside of the class time is necessary for all members of the Wesleyan Singers. An audition is required.
To schedule an audition, contact the Director of Choirs, Dr. Trotta, firstname.lastname@example.org Auditions for the 2012-13 school year will take place on the Sunday prior to the start of class.
- Fall ’12, Sunday, August 26
- Spring ’13, Sunday January 22
An audition consists of the following:
- sing “My Country Tis of Thee” without accompaniment
- be prepared to vocalize
- demonstrate their sight reading ability
Dr. Michael John Trotta, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choirs, conducts the College Choir and the Wesleyan Singers. A composer, conductor, and clinician Dr. Trotta regularly accepts commissions and conducting engagements throughout the country. he has held positions at the middle school, high school, and university levels, and his compositions are published with Colla Voce Inc., GIA Publications, Kjos Music Company, MorningStar, Alliance, and Carl Fischer Publications. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education (BM) and Masters of Music from Rowan University where he studied with Dr. Z. Randall Stroope. He completed his Doctorate in Musical Arts at Louisiana State University. Prior to coming to Virginia Wesleyan, he was the Associate Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he was the principal conductor of the University Singers. He was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Foundation for excellence in education.
George Stone, the ensemble's collaborative pianist, is a Virginia native with degrees from East Carolina University. In addition to accompanying the Wesleyan Singers and College Choir, Stone is also a composer with MorningStar Music and teaches applied piano at Virginia Wesleyan. He also serves as staff accompanist at Western Branch High School, Chesapeake, and music director at Centenary United Methodist Church in Portsmouth.