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Dale Trumbore

Los Angeles, CA            

Dale Trumbore is a Los Angeles-based composer and writer whose music has been praised by The New York Times for its “soaring melodies and beguiling harmonies.” Trumbore’s compositions have been performed widely in the U.S. and internationally by ensembles including the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Modesto Symphony, Pacific Chorale, Pasadena Symphony, The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists, and VocalEssence.

Trumbore’s 2019-2020 season includes performances at Carnegie Hall, the NCCO National Conference, the Norton Simon Museum, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. She has served as Composer in Residence for Choral Chameleon and Nova Vocal Ensemble as well as Artist in Residence at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Copland House, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and Willapa Bay AiR.

How to Go On, Choral Arts Initiative’s album of Trumbore’s choral works, debuted at #6 on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart. Choral Arts Northwest, The Esoterics, Helix Collective, New York Virtuoso Singers, and soprano Gillian Hollis have also commercially recorded works by Trumbore, and her choral works are available through Boosey & Hawkes, G. Schirmer, and Graphite Marketplace.

As a composer who works frequently with words, Trumbore is passionate about setting to music poems, prose and found text by living writers. She has written extensively about working through creative blocks and establishing a career in music in essays for 21CM, Cantate Magazine, the Center for New Music, and NewMusicBox. Her first book, Staying Composed: Overcoming Anxiety and Self-Doubt Within a Creative Life, was released this year and hailed by writer Angela Myles Beeching (Beyond Talent) as a “treasure trove of practical strategies for moving your artistic career forward… not only for composers, but for performers, writers, and any other creatives.”

Trumbore holds a dual degree in Music Composition and English from the University of Maryland and a Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of Southern California. A New Jersey native, Trumbore lives in L.A. with her husband and their two cats.

Articles by Dale Trumbore:

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...

Articles April 17 2017 | By Dale Trumbore
On Being a “Choral Composer”

I'd urge any other composer contemplating a full-time composing career to ask the same questions I considered: What work do you most enjoy doing? What work of yours have others...

Articles April 10 2017 | By Dale Trumbore
Bringing a Residency Home

The time at a residency feels sacred, and for that brief period, your life is centered around the pursuit of creativity.

Articles April 3 2017 | By Dale Trumbore
Living a Long-Form Life

We don’t need to imagine that one big performance or one big award will be responsible for making our entire career. Instead, we can ask ourselves what we’ll try to...

Articles May 26 2015 | By Dale Trumbore
Why I’m Not Getting a Doctorate

When she graduated with her master's degree, Dale Trumbore give herself three years to try composing as a full-on career before considering any more schooling. She hasn't returned to the...

Articles May 18 2015 | By Dale Trumbore
Mantras & Filters: Overcoming Composer’s Block

I've finally figured out how to break through the filter of self-doubt on a fairly reliable basis. For me, what works is a series of mantras—nuggets of wisdom from people...

Articles May 11 2015 | By Dale Trumbore
Watching TV at Copland House

There may be no greater way to make yourself feel like a bad composer—the worst composer, really—than watching the fluffiest of all fluffy shows in the house of one of...