Flutist and teaching artist Brittany Trotter is an active soloist, orchestral and chamber performer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A multi-portfolio artist, she performs music ranging from classical, contemporary and jazz styles. Whether on stage or in the classroom, Trotter defines her artistry through dynamic engagement of audiences and students alike by creating opportunities to contribute to the cultural growth of the greater Pittsburgh region.
As an active chamber musician, Trotter has performed with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and the Westmoreland Symphony. Trotter has performed and presented at regional flute conventions including the Southern Flute Festival, Kentucky Flute Fair, Florida Flute Association Convention, Society of Greater Philadelphia Flute Fair, Rochester Flute Fair, Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, and the National Flute Association Convention. A core member of the ReIgnite Trio and the Incidental Chamber Players, Trotter engages with the musical community in the Pittsburgh area by presenting engaging concerts of classical and contemporary chamber music. As a contemporary musician, her work as a soloist and involvement with Alia Musica has resulted in regional and world premieres in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Equally committed to the advocacy of music education and community engagement, Trotter is a Contributing Faculty in Flute at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. In Pittsburgh, Trotter engages with low income black and multi-cultural youth through her position as the Flute Teaching Artist at the Hope Academy of Music and Art, and as the Program Coordinator of the Hip Hop Orchestra Summer Music Camp. Through these roles and organizations, Trotter helps coordinate and direct scholarship funds and recruit students who would otherwise be unable to afford these musical experiences. Amongst her role as woodwind teacher at Waldorf School of Pittsburgh and flute instructor at Johnstonbaugh’s Music Center in Allison Park, PA, Trotter is committed in fostering her love of music in her students while developing their musical abilities by adapting creative and challenging lessons tailored to the needs of each individual student.
Highlights from Trotter’s distinguished career includes winning the first prize in the Music Teacher National Association Young Artist Competition in woodwinds in the states of West Virginia (2017, 2016), Wyoming (2015, 2014), and Mississippi (2014). She also won third prize in the Southern Flute Festival Young Artist Competition (2018), and as a former member of the BETA Quartet she participate as a semi-finalist in the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, first prize in the 2017 Kentucky Flute Society Quartet Competition, and first prize in the 2016 West Virginia Music Teacher National Association Chamber Winds Competition. Trotter has also been featured as a soloist with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (2017) and the University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble (2011).
A native of Laurel, MS, Trotter received her Bachelor of Music Performance and Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She completed her Master of Music degree at the University of Wyoming, where she served as the flute graduate teaching assistant. Currently, Trotter is a doctoral candidate at West Virginia University where she was awarded the prestigious Swiger Fellowship and has earned her University Teaching Certificate.