Trinka grew up in Cambridge, Vermont, where she sang in choirs and played the flute for three years with the Vermont Youth Orchestra. Six weeks of travel in France and England at age sixteen expanded her cultural frame of reference and, she says, the experience made her world feel little larger even after she returned home. Trinka studied French and German at the University of Vermont. After receiving her degree, she traveled to Austria on a Fullbright scholarship and has lived there ever since. She now resides in Melk, Austria, with her three children.
Trinka connected with Music Contact in the 1990s, while working as a tour guide at Melk Abbey. As a Tour Manager, she shares her love of history, culture, and travel with each of her tour groups. She especially enjoys traveling with musicians because of the way sharing music helps people form bonds that transcend cultural and linguistic barriers.