Assistant Professor of Music (Choral Conducting)
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- D.M.A., Yale School of Music, 2012
- M.M., Yale School of Music, 2008
- B.M., Ithaca College, 2006
Conductor and composer Dominick DiOrio is assistant professor of choral conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he directs the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, an auditioned chorus specializing in new music. He supervises the program in choral conducting for masters students and also teaches courses in score reading, choral literature, and graduate choral conducting.
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 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Undergraduate Conducting Awards in Los Angeles.
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 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. A fierce advocate for new music, he has premiered works by many composers, including Dewey Fleszar, Tawnie Olson 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 recently named Best Composer 2011 by HoustonPress for Klytemnestra, his new opera with Divergence Vocal Theater. He has been awarded prizes in composition from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and ACDA, as well as from the Yale Glee Club, the Young New Yorker's Chorus and the Cantate Chamber Singers.
DiOrio is frequently commissioned by organizations across the country and his music has been performed by an electic mix of ensembles, including Vivre Musicale, Juventas New Music, Third Coast Percussion, The Trinity Choir, Ars Nova Copenhagen, and the Houston Chamber Choir. His music has been heard in venues as diverse as the Museum of Modern Art (N.Y.), the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), the Oriental Arts Center (Shanghai), the Garnisons Kirke (Copenhagen), the Rothko Chapel, the Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas) and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia). His work is published with Alliance, G. Schirmer, Lorenz, 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 MMA and MM degrees in conducting from Yale and a BM degree 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 board for the Princeton Pro Musica and the Young New Yorker's Chorus (YNYC).
- REVIEW: (Contemporary Vocal Ensemble) New IU conductor proves he is a real find
- Dominick DiOrio's works for chorus and marimba published by G. Schirmer
- PREVIEW: (CVE concert) New man at vocal ensemble podium to highlight contemporary works
- Assistant Professor Dominick DiOrio appointed to two national boards
- Dominick DiOrio's new opera performed at Museum of Fine Arts Houston