The Composer

Dominick DiOrio

The music of young American composer Dominick DiOrio 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, Hong Kong, Korea, Sweden, and the UK. Recent commissions include new works for Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble, Soli Deo Gloria and Cor Cantiamo, the University of Missouri Kansas City and the University of Illinois for its sesquicentennial celebration. This performance will feature the UI Chamber Singers and Wind Symphony, baritones Nathan Gunn and Richard Todd Payne, and soprano Yvonne Gonzales Redman in New York at Lincoln Center, in Chicago at Symphony Hall, and on the Urbana-Champaign campus. 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; and 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, the University of Maryland Chamber Singers, the University of Hawai’i Choirs, Allmänna Sången, Ars Veritas (Göteborg), and the 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 twelve conductors in the world invited to Sweden to compete for the Eric Ericson Award, the premier international competition for choral conductors. He was also 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 31, DiOrio is the youngest-ever tenured member of the conducting faculty at the Indiana University 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 fourteen 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 were invited to present their findings a second time 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 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 Treasurer for the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), as a member of the Board of Directors for Chorus America, and as Chair of the Standing Committee on Composition Initiatives for ACDA.