Artistic Director, Gwinnett Symphony Musical Arts Consortium
Music Director, Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra
Noted as “a brilliant conductor” who “formally lives within the music” by Odenwälder Zeitung, Wald-Michelbach, Germany, Robert Trocina is an accomplished Conductor, Artistic Director and Entrepreneur. He is recognized for his innovative approach to programming and for his deep commitment to education of musicians and audiences of all ages.
Robert Trocina is the founding Music Director of Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of Gwinnett Symphony Musical Arts Consortium, posts held since 2005. During his tenure he has conducted over 60 concerts including music from the standard orchestral repertoire, world premieres, as well as pops and family concerts. He is Music Director of Northeast Atlanta Ballet, where he has conducted over 100 full-length productions of Prokofiev’s Cinderella, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and NEAB’S original production of Peter Pan. He is Principal Guest Conductor of Starkenburg Philharmoniker (Germany), recently conducting on the Neujahrskonzerts Series in 2018 and 2019, with a return engagement planned in 2020. He is Co-Founder and Director of New School of Music, a music conservatory with seven schools located throughout Georgia, which he co-founded with Mr. Rick Smith in 1997. NSM has an average enrollment of approximately 1200 students and has taught over one million music lessons and classes since its inception. Mr. Trocina previously served as Associate Conductor and board member of the Atlanta Wind Symphony from 1998-2003, and Music Director of Gwinnett Children's and Youth Orchestras from 1997-2006.
Mr. Trocina has been chosen to serve as Guest Conductor of Academik Symphony Orchestra of Chernivtsi Philharmonic Society (Ukraine) in April of 2019. In the historic Chernivtsi Philharmonic Hall he will conduct a concert featuring classical American music. He made his opera debut as Guest Conductor of Capitol City Opera, with whom he conducted productions of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and Mozart’s The Impreserio. Trocina served as Artistic Director and Conductor of Korean American Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for the 50th Anniversary Korean American Friendship Concert, a special concert featuring over 260 musicians and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Korean community in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. He was Guest Conductor for National Guild for Community Arts Education National Conference in 1999. Locally he served as Guest Conductor of Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra and Atlanta Musicians Orchestra. Mr. Trocina has performed in 38 states (United States), as well as Canada, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, and Sweden.
As an active Artistic Director for over 20 years, Mr. Trocina has collaborated with scores of guest artists, conductors and ensembles. He is known for building eclectic concert seasons that often fuse multifaceted programming into performances designed to enhance and attract larger audiences. With a deep commitment to showcase the music of new composers, Trocina has developed many concerts featuring American and world premier performances, notably the world premiere of Andrew Webb-Mitchell’s, Songs of Awe and Wonder, for which the composer traveled from China to attend the premiere. Understanding the value of performing in great venues, Trocina established Infinite Energy Theater as the performance home for GSMAC ensembles, a residency the ensembles have held since 2007. Under Trocina’s direction, GSMAC has grown to include a symphony orchestra, symphony chorus, chamber orchestra, wind orchestra, chamber singers, jazz orchestra, and youth orchestra. GSMAC concert seasons comprise of approximately 17 productions annually including over 25 performances. With a strong emphasis on youth education, Trocina has established a youth orchestra program that serves hundreds of youth musicians, an annual “Side-by-Side” concert featuring teachers and their students, Young Persons Concerts, and Youth Concerto Competitions.
Mr. Trocina received a Bachelor of Music Education from Kennesaw State University and completed further studies in conducting and performance at Georgia State University and Columbus State University. He studied conducting under Thomas Wubbenhorst, Patricio Cobos, William Fred Scott and Steven Byess, and studied trumpet under Mark Hughes, Jim Thompson and Stephen Winnick. He is a member of The League of American Orchestras, Georgia Music Educators Association and National Association of School Music Dealers.
Mr. Trocina’s repertoire list, concert archives, and press materials may be found at RobertTrocina.com.