Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



Document Type



How To Go On is a thirty-five minute work for a cappella choir composed by Dale Trumbore from 2015 to 2017. Since its premiere, How To Go On has been performed by notable choral ensembles including The Esoterics, the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Singers: Minnesota Choral Artists, and Webster University’s Chamber Singers. The work was awarded the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award in 2017.

This dissertation serves as an analysis and conductor’s guide for this work through the fulfillment of several purposes: a detailed and thorough investigation into the background and history behind the work including its conception and commission, a comprehensive analysis of the texts chosen for the work developed through textual exegesis and interviews with the three living poets, an investigation into Trumbore’s integration of text and music developed through a conductor’s analysis of the score including the Julius Hereford method of bar analysis, and the preparation of a conductor’s guide for rehearsal and performance, based in part on interviews with conductors who have performed the work.



Committee Chair

Dickson, John