John Trotter

Affiliation: Wheaton College Conservatory of Music/Chicago a cappella
Presentation: Interest Session
Title: Improvise with your choir...and your audience!
Abstract: This session will demonstrate practical ways to lead your ensemble in improvisation and incorporate audience participation along with a discussion of the many benefits in terms of students’ musical skills, extra-musical skills, program development, and audience development. Come ready to participate!

Biography: John William Trotter has conducted more than a dozen professional choirs and orchestras throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He is Principal Music Director of the professional ensemble Chicago a cappella (, well known for their subscription series and appearances on radio and television, as well as at ACDA and Chorus America conferences. He is also Associate Professor at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, where he has led the select Concert Choir and conducting students to national recognition, including honors from ACDA, ILMEA, and the American Prize.

Trotter previously served the Vancouver Chamber Choir as a full-time conductor, conducting a national CBC broadcast and more than twenty-five performances throughout Taiwan, Japan, and Canada. 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. 

Trotter is active throughout North America as a conductor, conducting teacher, consultant, clinician, writer, speaker, composer/arranger, and leader of improvisation workshops. (