Bruce Trinkley is a professor in the School of Music at Penn State University where he teaches composition and orchestration and conducts the Penn State Glee Club. He has led the Glee Club on concert tours throughout the United States and to England, Wales and Trinidad and Tobago. 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, including more than 200 arrangements of folk songs, spirituals and popular songs for various ensembles.
A published composer, Professor Trinkley's music has been performed in the United States, Europe, Australia and China. Eve's Odds, a comic chamber opera based on Genesis, won the National Opera Association's 1999 Chamber Opera Competition and Cleo, won the Competition in 2001. Recent works include 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. He wrote a work calledYork: the Voice of Freedom, a full-length opera about the life of the only African American on the Lewis and Clark Expedition- it was premiered by the Penn State Opera Theatre in November 2002.