Bruce Trinkley teaches composition and orchestration, and conducts the Penn State Glee Club. A native of Pittsburgh, he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in composition from Columbia University, where he studied with Otto Luening, Jack Beeson, Charles Wuorinen, and Mario Davidovsky.
Professor Trinkley's music has been performed in the United States, Europe, Australia and China. His Songs for the End of the Recital were premiered by mezzo-soprano Jan Wilson in Weill Recital Hall in 1994. His works include Santa Rosalia, a cantata inspired by paintings of the Colombian artist Fernando Botero and filmed for PBS; Mountain Laurels, a choral symphony using texts by Pennsylvania poets; and Cold Mountain, a piano trio commissioned by the Castalia Trio for their concert tour of China in May 1998. Eve's Odds, a comic chamber opera based on Genesis, won the National Opera Association's 1999 Chamber Opera Competition. Cleo won the same competition in 2001. Recent works include The Last Voyage of Captain Meriwether Lewis, a cantata for men's voices, and One Life: The Rachel Carson Project, a multi-media work for women's chorus, soloists, and instrumental ensemble. York: the Voice of Freedom, a full-length opera about the life of the only African American on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, was premiered by the Penn State Opera Theatre in November 2002 and was filmed by WPSX-TV for broadcast on PBS.
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