Professor Michael Trotta Honored by ASCAPAssistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music Michael Trotta has been honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for his work as a performer and composer. Trotta received an ASCAP Plus Award based on more than two dozen performances at colleges and universities last year as well as demand for his original compositions. The award is distributed as an honorarium at the beginning of 2013. “These awards are granted by an independent panel and are based upon the unique prestige value of each writer’s catalog of original compositions as well as recent performances in areas not surveyed by the Society,” says ASCAP President Paul Williams. “In making these grants, we join with your educational institution in supporting the growth and development of our nation’s musical future.” Dr. Trotta joined the VWC faculty at the beginning of the fall 2012 semester. He holds a D.M.A. in choral conducting from Louisiana State University, an M.M. in choral conducting from Rowan University, and a B.M. in music education from Rowan University. Trotta looks forward to continuing the tradition of excellence in the arts while building the music program at VWC and further developing relationships with area arts organizations.