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Bruce Trinkley (b. 1945)

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Bruce Trinkley, an Associate Professor of Music at the Pennsylvania State University, teaches composition, orchestration, and opera literature; and conducts the Penn State Glee Club, a 60-member men's chorus. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended high school in Los Angeles. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Columbia University, where he studied composition with Otto Luening, Jack Beeson, Mario Davidovsky, Vladimir Ussachevsky, Chou Wen-chung and Charles Wuorinen; piano with John Crown and Robert Goldsand; and voice with Shirlee Emmons. He has composed numerous works for theatre and dance, including The Bawd's Opera, a ballad opera which won the BMI National Varsity Show Award, and The War Prayer, for chorus, soloists, dancers, brass quintet and percussion, based on a short story by Mark Twain. He has also composed many incidental scores for theatre productions at Columbia University and Penn State. He wrote the Pennsylvania Bicentennial Wagon Train Show which played in every state in the Union, totaling nearly 2000 performances in 1975 and 1976. Among his many vocal and choral works are cycle settings of poetry by Edgar Lee Masters, Constantin Cavafy, Elizabeth Bishop, Theodore Roethke, and Peter Viereck. His choral works are published by Yelton Rhodes, Oxford University Press, G. Schirmer, Lawson-Gould, Augsburg Fortress, Alliance, and Santa Barbara Music Publishers. Recent compositions and premieres include a 12-movement orchestral suite, Feathertop, based on the Nathaniel Hawthorne short story, which was premiered in May of 1993 in Vienna with subsequent performances in Prague, Stuttgart and Munich; Santa Rosalia, a cantata for vocal quartet, woodwind quintet and harpsichord, based on the painting by Fernando Botero, performed at the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State in October 1993 and at Music at Penn's Woods in July 1995 (and soon to be released on PBS stations nationwide); and Songs for the End of the Recital, premiered by Jan Wilson, mezzo-soprano, at Carnegie Hall in April 1994. Mountain Laurels, his largest work to date, was commissioned to celebrate the Centenary of State College, Pennsylvania, and was premiered at Penn State University in February 1996 with nearly a thousand performers. He composed the music for Much Ado about Nothing, the inaugural production of Shakespeare on the Sound in Darien, Connecticut in August 1996. He has just completed a new opera, eve's odds, which will be premiered in April by the Opera in the Pavilion.

Professor Trinkley served as Music Director for Pennsylvania Centre Stage and he has conducted more than 600 performances of opera and musical theatre productions since coming to Penn State in 1970. He has conducted choruses at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, St. David's Hall in Cardiff, Wales, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the National Cathedral. He also serves as a choral and musical theatre clinician and frequently guest conducts choral festivals throughout the eastern United States. His honors include fellowships and residencies at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in California, the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, and the Hambidge Center in Georgia.


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