2014-09-07 Notes from the Bench

“I Shall See” by  Michael John Trotta

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate

 

“I Shall See,” based on Psalm 27, is a new addition to the All Saints’ choral repertoire published in 2012. The text, which is  is set to music that has a simple rhythmic texture and utilizes a rich harmonic palette. This work was composed by Michael John Trotta (b. 1978), an American composer, conductor, teacher, and clinician who is currently the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Virginia Wesleyan College near Norfolk and Virginia Beach. This work was composed for the choir at St. Alban’s Episcopal Chapel at the Louisiana State University campus in Baton Rouge.

 

 

Trotta earned Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Louisiana State University. Additionally, he has worked with influential composers of choral music including Morten Lauridsen, Sir David Wilcocks, and John Rutter. A recording of his choral compositions, “Mystical Voices: where heaven and earth shall blend,” is currently in production and scheduled for release in 2015.

Prior to his current position, Trotta served as an adjunct faculty member at Rowan University, his alma mater, teaching and directing a number of choral ensembles, and was the Artistic Director of “Hope Lives On,” a concert to benefit the pediatric cancer research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Trotta has conducted choirs who have performed around the world and his works are performed and recorded internationally. Among the prestigious venues he has performed at are St. Peter’s Basilica and Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, St. Mark’s in Venice, Casa Verdi in Milan, Santa Maria Del Fiore, the Duomo, in Florence, and Carnegie Hall in New York where he conducted a concert of all his own compositions.

Trotta has been recognized for his work in composition and education, including being selected as the winner of the Inaugural Composition Contest for the professional eChoir Dayton project for his work, “I Will Keep Still,” and he was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

 

 

 

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