Michael John Trotta

Hailed as “one of the most exciting and prominent composers of choral music” by Fanfare Magazine and whose compositions have been praised as “elegant, singable music with a strong spiritual heft” by Choir and Organ, composer Michael John Trotta is quickly establishing himself among the ranks of renowned choral composers in the United States.

His works are frequently performed in concert and broadcast across the United States and abroad, highlighting his extensive and dynamic catalogue of choral compositions. Trotta’s compositions have been called “a true choral gem” by J.W. Pepper and his work as a conductor has been heralded as “An Outstanding Example” by ChoralNet. He has been recognized by ASCAP for making significant contributions in the area of concert music and his work has been frequently featured at The National American Choral Directors Association regional and national conferences. As a composer he regularly collaborates with choirs of all ages from professional and community choirs to high school and collegiate students.

Equally at home as a guest conductor, Trotta has led performances of Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, and Rutter’s Requiem, in addition to conducting over two dozen concerts featuring his own music, and has worked with esteemed composers and conductors Morten Lauridsen, Sir David Wilcocks, and John Rutter. He has had recent conducting engagements at renowned venues across the United States including Carnegie Hall in New York and has extensively toured Europe with performances at St. Peter’s Basilica and Santa Maria Maggiore (Rome), St. Mark’s Basilica (Venice), Casa Verdi (Milan), and Santa Maria Del Fiore and the Duomo (Florence).

Trotta has served on the music faculty of Oklahoma State University, Louisiana State University, Rowan University, and most recently as Director of Choral Studies at Virginia Wesleyan College. Prior to receiving his Doctorate from Louisiana State University, Trotta served as a music educator for high school, middle school, and elementary school students and served as Director of Music for numerous churches.

Trotta recently relocated to New York City with his wife Rachel, an artist and educator, to complete a large-scale work for chorus and orchestra. In an article on ChoralNet entitled “A Gateway to the Present Moment, A Connection to Something Greater Than Ourselves” Trotta 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.”

For more information, a full list of works, and recorded samples visit his website.


"...weaves rich harmonies and memorable melodic lines into delightful tapestries of sound."

"...captures the allegorical relationship between the temporal and the spiritual."

"...emotive composition with roots firmly planted in history, yet presenting a new unique expression."

GIA publications

“...thank you for making the world a better place with your creativity...”

Roy L. Klassen, D.M.A., artistic director - San Joaquin Chorale



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Schedule of Appearances


"Seven Last Words" by Michael John Trotta. A seven-movement choral journey through the Passion. Ben A. Spalding, conductor, Kansas City Repertory Singers and Orchestra. Melanie Russell, soprano, and David Farwig, baritone. Available at:

"Mystical Voices - The Choral Music of Michael John Trotta." The debut feature-length CD exploring the timeless wisdom of the present moment. This musical journey, at once grounded in tradition, yet finding a unique expression explores settings of texts that find a place of intersection among many traditions. Available at:

"Totus Tuus - Sacred Choral Music" by Michael John Trotta. Performed by The New York Repertory Singers, under the direction of the composer, as well as The Singers conducted by Matthew Culloton. Available at:

Music Composed by Michael John Trotta

From Totus Tuus:

Totus Tuus (excerpt). / (2.0mb - 1:03)

Ad Te Clamamus (excerpt). / (3.3mb - 1:43)

Amazing Grace (excerpt). / (2.2mb - 1:07)

I Shall See (excerpt). / (3.1mb - 1:35)

Break of Day (excerpt). / (3.8mb - 1:58)

Adam Lay Ybounden (excerpt). / (3.0mb - 1:33)

In the Bleak Midwinter (excerpt). / (3.2mb - 1:38)

Veni Veni, Emmanuel (excerpt). / (2.6mb - 1:19)