State College, PA – Bruce is Professor Emeritus of Music at Penn State University where he taught composition, orchestration and opera literature and conducted the Penn State Glee Club for thirty-five years. He led the Glee Club on concert tours throughout the United States and to England, Wales, Trinidad and Tobago and France. He received degrees in composition from Columbia University where he studied with Otto Luening, Jack Beeson and Charles Wuorinen. He has composed incidental music, songs and choruses for theatre and dance productions at Penn State and has written extensively for choral ensembles.
Professor Trinkley\’s music has been performed in the United States, Europe, Australia and China. 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 2002 and was filmed by WPSX for broadcast on PBS stations. He and his writing collaborator, Jason Charnesky, have also written two operas for young people, The Prairie Dog That Met the President and Chicken Little. Their most recent operas are Baby Shower and Buzz and Bud.