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Dominick DiOrio

Born: 1984

Nationality: American

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Conductor and composer Dominick DiOrio is assistant professor of choral conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he directs NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, an auditioned chorus specializing in music of the last fifty years. He supervises the masters program in choral conducting and also teaches courses in score reading, choral literature, and conducting. This Spring, NOTUS will travel to Cincinnati to perform at an interest session for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) regional convention and to New York City for a special performance at Carnegie Hall for the “a cappella NEXT” festival hosted by DCINY.

DiOrio has guest conducted some of the finest ensembles active today, including the Young People's Chorus of New York City, the American Bach Soloists, the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco, the Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala, Allmänna Sången, the Indiana University Summer Festival Orchestra and Chorus, and the Houston Chamber Choir. He has prepared choruses for performance under some of the world's leading conductors, including Valery Gergiev, Nicholas McGegan, and Helmuth Rilling. His discography includes conducting (Albany Records with Jim Pellerite), composition (New Dynamic Records with NOTUS and Juventas), and singing (MSR Classics with Houston Chamber Choir).

DiOrio 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 ACDA Undergraduate Conducting Awards in Los Angeles. A fierce advocate for new music, he has premiered works by many composers of his generation, including Dewey Fleszar, Santana Haight, Tawnie Olson, Aaron Travers, and Zachary Wadsworth, as well as his own compositions.

Called "a forward-thinking young composer filled with new ideas, ready to tackle anything," DiOrio was named Best Composer 2011 by Houston Press for Klytemnestra, his chamber opera with Divergence Vocal Theater and librettist Misha Penton. His second opera, The Little Blue One with librettist Meghan Guidry, will have its premiere in April 2014 in Boston with Juventas New Music Ensemble and musical director Lidiya Yankovskaya. 

DiOrio fills frequent commissions for organizations and institutions across the country including eighth blackbird, University of Richmond, Third Coast Percussion, Princeton Glee Club, The Trinity Choir, and the Houston Chamber Choir. His music has been heard in venues as diverse as the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), the Oriental Arts Center (Shanghai), the Rothko Chapel, the Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas) and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia). He has been awarded prizes in composition from ASCAP, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and ACDA, as well as from Boston Metro Opera, the Yale Glee Club, the Young New Yorker's Chorus and the Cantate Chamber Singers, among many others. His work is published with Alliance, Boosey & Hawkes, Éditions à Couer-Joie, Edition Peters, G. Schirmer, Lorenz, Mark Foster, Oxford and Santa Barbara. 

From 2009 to 2012, DiOrio was director of choral activities and associate professor of music at Lone Star College-Montgomery, where he tripled enrollment in the choral program in three years and organized and conducted the college's first-ever opera gala and silent auction. He received the Student Star Award in 2011 for excellence in teaching. 

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 DMA research on Krzysztof Penderecki's St. Luke Passion is published in The Choral Scholar. He also earned the MMA and MM in conducting from Yale and the BM in composition summa cum laude from Ithaca College, where he studied with Gregory Woodward, Dana Wilson and Janet Galván. He currently serves as the Indiana National Board Member for the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) and on the advisory boards for the Princeton Pro Musica and the Young New Yorker's Chorus (YNYC).
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