Dr. Dominick DiOrio

Dr. Dominick DiOrio

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 Indiana University

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Dominick DiOrio is associate professor of choral conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

The music of this young American composer has been called “a tour de force of inventive thinking and unique colour” (Gramophone) and “[full of] sunny rays of heavenly light” (Opera News). In 2014, he was named the winner of The American Prize in Composition, with the judges saying “his depth of vision, mastery of compositional technique, and unique style set him in a category by himself.”

DiOrio’s music is widely performed, published, and recorded, having been presented in major venues across the United States (including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and the Meyerson in Dallas) as well as in Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Sweden, and the U.K. Recent commissions include new works for the Grammy Award-winning Kansas City Chorale, eighth blackbird, University of Richmond, University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, Texas Choral Directors Association, and Handel Society of Dartmouth College. His works are published internationally with Boosey & Hawkes, Carl Fischer, Éditions à Couer-Joie, Edition Peters, G. Schirmer, Graphite, Lorenz, Mark Foster, Oxford, and Santa Barbara. They can be heard on albums released with Divergence, MSR Classics, Naxos of America/Seraphic Fire Media, and New Dynamic Records.

Also an accomplished conductor, DiOrio has guest conducted ensembles both domestically and abroad, including the Young People's Chorus of New York City, University of Maryland Chamber Singers, University of Hawai’i Choirs, Allmänna Sången, Ars Veritas (Göteborg), and Houston Chamber Choir. He made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in February 2012 as an invited fellow of the Carnegie Hall Choral Institute. In October 2009, he was one of only 12 conductors in the world invited to Sweden to compete for the Eric Ericson Award, the premier international competition for choral conductors. He was a finalist in the 2005 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Undergraduate Conducting Awards in Los Angeles.

Hired at age 28 and promoted to associate professor at age 31, DiOrio is the youngest-ever tenured member of the conducting faculty at the Jacobs School of Music. He is the director of NOTUS, an elite chamber chorus that specializes in performing and commissioning new music of living composers. Under his leadership, NOTUS has performed at both regional and national ACDA conferences and as an invited ensemble on the Distinguished Concerts International New York Artist Series at Carnegie Hall. DiOrio mentors graduate conducting majors and also teaches courses in score reading, choral literature, and undergraduate and graduate conducting. He was named a recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Junior Faculty Award—IU Bloomington's highest honor for tenure-track faculty—joining university colleagues who specialize in public affairs, psychology, informatics, and physics. In 2015, he was one of 14 American conductors chosen for the ACDA International Conductor Exchange Program with Sweden, and through this program, he co-presented a session at the Nordic Choral Conference (Malmö) with Kimberly Dunn Adams. They will repeat this presentation for the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music, in Barcelona in July 2017.

DiOrio earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the Yale School of Music, studying with Marguerite Brooks, Simon Carrington, and Jeffrey Douma. His D.M.A. research on Krzysztof Penderecki's St. Luke Passion is published in The Choral Scholar. He also earned the M.M.A. and M.M. in conducting from Yale and the B.M. in composition summa cum laude from Ithaca College, where he studied with Gregory Woodward, Dana Wilson, and Janet Galván. He currently serves as treasurer on the executive board of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, as a member of the board of directors for Chorus America, and on advisory boards for the Choral Arts Initiative, Princeton Pro Musica, and Young New Yorker's Chorus.