Dale Trumbore

Dale Trumbore (b. 1987) is a Los Angeles-based composer and writer whose music has been called “devastatingly beautiful” (The Washington Post) and praised for its “soaring melodies and beguiling harmonies deployed with finesse” (The New York Times). Trumbore’s compositions have been performed widely in the U.S. and internationally by the Chicago Symphony’s MusicNOW ensemble, Conspirare and the Miró Quartet, soprano Liv Redpath, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Modesto Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Phoenix Chorale, and Tonality. Recently, she released The Gleam, her second album with soprano Gillian Hollis, and She Only Remembers, a ballet for solo piano about memory loss and forgetting.

The recipient of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)’s inaugural Raymond W. Brock Competition for Professional Composers, an ASCAP Morton Gould Award, and a Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant, Trumbore has also been awarded artist residencies at Copland House, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and Ucross. Her choral works have been commissioned for premieres at the national conferences of ACDA, American Guild of Organists, Chorus America, and National Collegiate Choral Organization, and her music is available through Boosey & Hawkes, G. Schirmer, and Graphite Marketplace.

Trumbore has written extensively about working through creative blocks and establishing a career in music in essays for Cantate Magazine, the Center for New Music, and NewMusicBox. Her short stories are featured or forthcoming in Southern Indiana Review, PRISM International, New Delta Review, and F(r)iction, among other journals. Trumbore’s first book, Staying Composed: Overcoming Anxiety and Self-Doubt Within a Creative Life, was hailed as a “treasure trove of practical strategies for moving your artistic career forward” (Angela Myles Beeching, author of Beyond Talent).

Trumbore holds a dual degree in Music Composition (B.M.) and English (B.A.) from the University of Maryland, as well as a Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of Southern California. Originally from New Jersey, Trumbore currently lives in Azusa, CA with her spouse and their three cats. Learn more about Trumbore’s music and writing at daletrumbore.com.

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Dale Trumbore