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Dale Trumbore

Los Angeles, CA            

Hailed by the New York Times for her “soaring melodies and beguiling harmonies,” Dale Trumbore (b. 1987) has been widely commissioned and performed by ensembles including the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), Boston New Music Initiative, California ACDA’s All-State Honor Choir, Inscape Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, and The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists. She has served as Composer in Residence for Nova Vocal Ensemble and Artist in Residence at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Copland House, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and Willapa Bay AiR. 

Recently, Trumbore’s choral music was recorded on Choral Arts Initiative’s album How to Go On: The Choral Works of Dale Trumbore, which debuted at #6 on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart. Trumbore’s works for voice have also been recorded by Choral Arts Northwest, The Esoterics, New York Virtuoso Singers, and soprano Gillian Hollis. Trumbore’s interest in the convergence of music and language leads her to collaborate frequently with contemporary writers. Her compositions are available from Boosey & Hawkes, G. Schirmer, and MusicSpoke.

Trumbore holds a dual degree in Music Composition and English from the University of Maryland as well as a Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of Southern California, where she studied with Morten Lauridsen and Donald Crockett. A New Jersey native, Trumbore currently lives in Los Angeles.

How to Go On

Following the death of a loved one, poet Barbara Crooker asks, “How can we go on, knowing the end of the story?” Secular requiem How to Go On answers this question in eight movements that explore our relationship to life and loss, ranging from doubt and introspection to acceptance of our own mortality.

Composed for the versatile singers of Choral Arts Initiative, How to Go On ultimately finds beauty and release in the embrace of everyday life, offering up solace in the words of three living poets—Barbara Crooker, Amy Fleury, and Laura Foley.

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10,000 Hours for piano & orchestra (mvts. III & IV)

10,000 Hours was premiered on January 27, 2011 by soloist Nic Gerpe and the USC Thornton Symphony, conducted by Donald Crockett. The title of 10,000 Hours comes from the theory that it takes roughly this many hours of practice to successfully master any skill. In this piece, the skill at hand is piano performance; each of the work’s five movements sets the piano soloist at a different point in practicing—referencing beginner piano music, etudes, and chamber music along the way—with the orchestra serving both as commenter and participant.

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Flare for SSAA a cappella chorus is constantly in motion, driving toward the last line: “big brother, I am catching up to you.” The phrase “I am running” returns at various points, serving as a refrain and urging the music forward, in one long, rhythmic race. This premiere recording is performed by the Flower Mound High School Women’s Chorale of Flower Mound, TX, directed by Mark Rohwer. Flare was commissioned by the 2012 ACDA Women’s Choir R&S Commissioning Consortium. Text is by Stacy Gnall.

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NewMusicBox Articles

Articles May 29 2019 | By Dale Trumbore
Don’t Wait Until You Hear Sirens

In a few weeks, Dale Trumbore is publishing a book about anxiety in the creative process—Staying Composed: Overcoming Anxiety and Self-Doubt Within a Creative Life. In advance, she shares her...

Articles December 5 2017 | By Dale Trumbore
When Everything Utterly Sucks

Somewhere in the homestretch of writing a new composition, I become convinced—temporarily, falsely—that not only is there nothing redeemable about this awful piece, but that composing itself is meaningless, I've...

Articles April 24 2017 | By Dale Trumbore
Self-Plagiarism and the Evolution of Style

A composer's style becomes distinctive not only because certain ideas are present in many of their compositions, but because that composer has made compelling artistic choices deliberately and repeatedly across...

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