John William Trotter




January 2017

Trotter to conduct Christmas at the Orpheum in Vancouver, Canada.

John William Trotter has been invited to conduct the professional Vancouver Chamber Choir and Vancouver Chamber Orchestra at the city's major downtown venue in December 2017 for this signature concert. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster.

December 2016

Trotter to conduct Wisconsin All-State Choir

The Wisconsin School Vocal Music Association have invited John William Trotter to conduct the 2018 Middle Level State Honors Choir.  The auditioned choir will be comprised of the top 112 (28 from each section) choral musicians from Wisconsin schools.   

November 2016

Trotter to lead Nova Scotia Choral Federation Adult Choir Camp and Conducting Workshop

John William Trotter will teach a conducting workshop and lead the 2017 NSCF Adult Choir during an intensive residency in August 2017 in Nova Scotia.

May 2016

John William Trotter invited to conduct Bach by maestro John Nelson

For the past six years, maestro John Nelson has conducted an annual performance of a Bach choral-orchestral sacred masterwork in Chicago under the auspices of Solo Dei Gloria. For the 2017 edition, maestro Nelson has invited John William Trotter to share the podium for Songs of Praise.  In celebration of the five hundredth anniversary of Luther's 95 Theses, Trotter will conduct J.S. Bach's  Cantata BWV 80, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott ("a mighty fortress is our God").  Nelson will then close the program with a complete performance of Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2, "Lobgesang".

March 2016

Wheaton College Concert Choir invited to tour South Korea

John William Trotter will lead the select Wheaton College Concert Choir in a 10-day concert tour of South Korea in May 2017.  The tour will be hosted and produced by the Far East Broadcasting Company, at whose invitation the ensemble will perform more than a dozen concerts in Seoul, Daejeon, and Busan. Notable venues will include the Far East Art Hall, several prestigious universities (including Daejeon Institute of Science and Technology, Hanbat University, Kyungsung University, Busan University of Foreign Studies, and Yonsei University), as well as world's largest Protestant church (Yoido Full Gospel Church).

January 2016

Trotter appointed Conducting Faculty of the Halifax Choral Conducting Institute, Summer 2016

Trotter has been appointed Guest Conducting Clinician at the week-long Halifax Choral Conducting Institute, July 25-29, 2016.  The institute attracts a gathering of conductors from across North America who seek to further develop their skills in the course of working with an auditioned choir together with conducting, voice, and movement faculty.  This year's conductors are drawn from Pennsylvania, Quebec, Tennessee, Alberta, Michigan, Ontario, Maine, Indiana, Saskatchewan, North Carolina, Louisiana, Yukon, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.

February 2016

Trotter appointed Conductor of the Nova Scotia Youth Choir

John William Trotter is honored to be have been appointed to conduct the Nova Scotia Youth Choir in 2016. His residency September 22-25 will culminate in a three-concert tour.  Trotter will be working with a team comprising two resident conductors who will prepare the choir during the summer months, two pianists, and guest vocal coaches from local universities.  Click here to see a promotional video

January 2016

Wheaton College Concert Choir featured at conference

The Wheaton College Concert Choir have been selected as the only collegiate concert choir to perform at the 2016 Illinois Music Education Conference: Building the Future of Music Educationthe annual conference of the Illinois Music Educator's Association, held in Peoria.  They will follow their featured evening performance with a morning session on choral improvisation and audience participation, during which they will demonstrate some of the innovative techniques they have developed and employed in recent seasons. 

April 2015

Trotter named Principal Music Director of Chicago A Cappella

John William Trotter has been named Principal Music Director of Chicago A Cappella, the professional ensemble described by the Chicago Tribune as "The city's liveliest, most versatile vocal ensemble", and Chicago Magazine as "The area's best unaccompanied group".  He will lead the ensemble in fourteen performances in the course of the 2015/16 season, in venues such as the Chicago Music Institute, Wentz Hall, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and Logan Centre for the Arts. He will also lead the Chicago A Cappella Youth Choral Festival in the city's Hyde Park Neighborhood. Founder and Artistic Director Jonathan Miller writes:

"It is my pleasure to announce that, effective immediately, John William Trotter will begin serving Chicago a cappella in the capacity of Principal Music Director. This comes in recognition of his excellent work with CAC over the past two years. Since his Songbook “debut” two years ago, John has helped to keep us working at high artistic standards. He is therefore no longer a “guest,” but now a steady presence on our artistic staff. John has proven to be a valuable colleague in rehearsals and concerts as well as in a substantial capacity behind the scenes with me, in terms of artistic operations, planning, and visioning.  He also has brought to CAC a high level of thoughtfulness and professionalism." 


December 2014

Conducting students recognized in national ACDA Student Conducting Competition 

Every second year, the American Choral Directors Association holds a national conference, during which an undergraduate Choral Conducting competition is held.  The only competition of its kind in North America, it attracts over 100 applicants, from which eight students are selected to travel to compete in the live rounds, to be held in Salt Lake City in 2015.

This month, it was announced that one but two student conductors from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music – Jonathan Cramer and Margaret Winchell - were selected for the round of eight.  Both students have studied Choral Conducting with Dr. Trotter, and each served separately as Assistant Conductor of the select SATB Wheaton College Concert Choir under Dr. Trotter's supervision. 

August 2014

Double Recognition from The American Prize

The Wheaton College Concert Choir and their conductor Dr. John William Trotter have been recognized by The American Prize.  The Choir was selected as a finalist in the Collegiate Choir category, and Trotter as a finalist in the Collegiate Choral Conducting category.