ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ROBERT TROCCHIA
Recognized as one of the more efficacious choral conductors, Robert Trocchia has guided the critically-acclaimed Lancaster Chorale since 1986, creating a unique 'pure sound' which is the hallmark of his approach to the choral art. His work exhibits a high level of artistic sensitivity, frequently involves imaginative collaborations, and he brings a wealth of experience to the endeavor.
While serving as artistic director of Chorale, Trocchia served simultaneously as director of music for the Fairfield Union schools and director of choral activities for Ohio University Lancaster; his forty-nine year career in education was highlighted by his designation as one of America's top educators (1980), induction in the Ohio University Gifted Education Hall of Fame (2006) and becoming the second recipient of Fairfield Union's Lifetime Achievement Award (2009). A graduate of Ohio University, Trocchia was a student of Norman Luboff, and his preparation has included study sessions with some of the world's finest choral musicians, including Michael Korn, Robert Page, Elmer Iseler, Sir David Willcocks and Dale Warland, the latter an honorary member of the Chorale Board, with whom he consults regularly.
As part of Chorale's mission to create new choral music, Trocchia has conducted twenty four world premiere performances, by composers such as Luboff, Page, Kirke Mechem, Jackson Berkey, Jeffrey Van, Stephen Caracciolo and Sheena Phillips; his Chorale recordings of Barber's ADAGIO, Martin's MASS, Howells' REQUIEM, and Allegri's MISERERE MEI, DEUS are frequently heard on National Public Radio. He has prepared choirs for Gary Sheldon, artistic director of the Lancaster Festival; several collaborations with Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra include the epic, fully-staged version of Bernstein's MASS, and more recently MESSIAH and traditional Christmas programs at both the Southern Theatre and Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus.
Groups under his direction have performed at cathedrals and performance venues world-wide, including Notre Dame Cathedral, Cologne Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, St. Patrick's Cathedral, St. John the Divine, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, St. Louis Cathedral, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and historic Biltmore Estate. A past member of both the Music Advisory Panel of the Ohio Arts Council and National Advisory Board of Creative Arts Workshops, Trocchia remains active as a clinician-consultant throughout Eastern North America. He and wife, Carol, live in Bremen, Ohio, and have three grown children, all involved professionally in the arts.