The Wheaton College Conservatory of Music announces the appointment of Dr. John William Trotter as the new conductor of the Wheaton College Concert Choir.
Since 2009, Dr. Trotter has served as Associate Conductor of the Vancouver Chamber Choir, an ensemble he has conducted in more than 25 performances throughout Canada, Taiwan, and Japan. As part of his work with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Dr. Trotter has established and enhanced outreach and engagement programs for composers, conductors, singers, and audiences.
His December 2010 performance of the Vivaldi Magnificat was hailed by the Vancouver Sun as “a radiant performance of this work that overstated nothing and brought out all of its freshness and charm.” In September 2011, Dr. Trotter's season opening concert with the Vancouver Chamber Choir was recorded by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio for national broadcast. He also serves as Music Director of the Pacifica Singers, a vocal ensemble which provides experienced and motivated choral singers with direct exposure to the world of professional music making.
A versatile artist, Trotter's work includes a range from traditional choral/orchestral repertoire, new music and film score recording to various forms of outreach and advocacy as a consultant/clinician, adjudicator, conducting teacher, writer, and speaker. He is well known for his ability to connect with audiences and for his interest in building bridges between the professional music world, music training institutions, and the wider community. Dr. Trotter has written articles for several music publications and is a contributing author for the recently published book Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir – Volume 3, published by GIA Publications.
Additionally, he has been recognized internationally through numerous prizes, grants, and guest conducting invitations. Trotter earned both his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Michigan.
“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Trotter to the faculty of the Conservatory of Music at Wheaton College,” says Michael Wilder, Dean of the Conservatory of Music. “His record of accomplishments at the University of Michigan, with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and in active conducting and teaching activities is impressive. Within the outstanding, rich choral music tradition at Wheaton College, Dr. Trotter will bring wonderful skills and experience and will provide dynamic leadership in partnership with Dr. Mary Hopper and the Conservatory of Music faculty.”
Dr. Trotter’s appointment is the result of a national search to find a replacement for Dr. Paul Wiens, who retires in May following a 31-year teaching and conducting career at Wheaton.