Bruce Trinkley retired in 2005 from his position of Professor of Music at Penn State University where he taught composition, orchestration, and opera literature. As Music Director for Pennsylvania Centre Stage and Festival Theatre, he has conducted more than fifty full productions. He holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Columbia University where he studied composition with Otto Luening, Jack Beeson, Peter Westergaard, Mario Davidovsky, Chou Wen-Chung, and Charles Wuorinen. Professor Trinkley directed the Columbia University Glee Club before coming to Penn State in 1970. He has conducted the Penn State Glee Club in over 700 performances.
The composer of musicals, operas, ballets, and numerous choral compositions and arrangements, Professor Trinkley is best known for the Pennsylvania Bicentennial Wagon Train Show, which during 1975-76 received more than 2000 performances throughout the United States. His Santa Rosalia, a cantata based on the painting by Fernando Botero, has aired on PBS, and his Mountain Laurels, a choral symphony commissioned by State College, Pennsylvania to celebrate the town's centennial, was premiered by nearly 1000 performers in 1996. Some of his 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. His works are published by Oxford University Press, Augsburg Fortress, Lawson-Gould, GIA, Hinshaw, G. Schirmer, and Yelton Rhodes Music.
Professor Trinkley announced his retirement in 2005 after 35 years of faithful and dedicated service to the School of Music and the Penn State Glee Club.