Dominick DiOrio

Dominick DiOrio is a composer and conductor who has won widespread acclaim for his contributions to American music. Whether leading an ensemble or crafting a new score, DiOrio brings equal passion and determination to his work in vocal and instrumental music, and he is the only person to win The American Prize in both Choral Composition and Choral Performance.

As a composer, DiOrio has been hailed for a keenly intelligent, evocative style, which shows &ldquo: a tour de force of inventive thinking and unique colour” (Gramophone). In 2014, DiOrio won the American Prize in Composition with the judges praising “his depth of vision, mastery of compositional technique, and unique style.” His over 50 published works have appeared at major venues around the world including the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. DiOrio's recent commissioning partners include the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, The Choral Arts Society of Washington, ^ldquo;The President's Own” United States Marine Band, and the Universities of Michigan, Oregon, and Illinois.

An equally accomplished conductor, DiOrio made his Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall debut when he was 28 years old. He has conducted performances with ensembles around the world, and he collaborates often with some of today's leading composers including Caroline Shaw, Christopher Theofanidis, Tawnie Olson, and Sven-David Sandström. His repertoire spans the gamut of path-breaking works from the 20th and 21st centuries, including James MacMillan's Seven Last Words, Steve Reich's The Desert Music, David Lang's the little match girl passion, Sofia Gubaidulina's Sonnengesang, and Krzysztof Penderecki's St. Luke Passion, which he had the honor of preparing for the composer in November of 2017. DiOrio is associate professor of music on the conducting faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where his duties include leading the select, new music chamber chorus NOTUS. In September 2018, Innova Recordings released NOTUS' debut album, NOTUS: Of Radiance & Refraction>/i>, featuring the world premiere recordings of five commissioned works. NOTUS is one of 24 choirs in the world invited to perform at the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland, New Zealand in July 2020.

DiOrio earned the DMA, MMA, and MM degrees in conducting from the Yale School of Music, and the BM in composition from Ithaca College. He has served on the Board of Directors for Chorus America, as President-Elect and Treasurer for the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and as Chair of the National Standing Committee on Composition Initiatives for ACDA.

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