TROICA is a unique chamber ensemble comprised of Kim Dunnick (trumpet), Steven Mauk (alto saxophone), and Diane Birr (piano). The Russian word troika is used to denote a three-horse sleigh or a governing body made up of three equal individuals. The latter definition was most appropriate for this musical ensemble, but with a respelling using IC to indicate the Ithaca College connections.
Concerts have been presented in Sydney (Australia); Moscow, St. Petersburg, Togliatti and Saratov (Russia); Khanty-Mansiysk (Siberia); Limerick (Ireland); Ljubljana (Slovenia); and in Oneonta and Ithaca (NY) The trio draws on existing repertoire and has helped create a body of new works for this combination, including pieces by Dana Wilson, Marc Satterwhite, Peter Lawrence, Mikhail Bronner, Efrem Podgaits, and Dominick DiOrio. The trio released their first CD, entitled TROICA, in June 2010. All three members of TROICA are on the faculty of the School of Music at Ithaca College.