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Conductor Dominick DiOrio appointed to IU Jacobs School of Music choral faculty


July 25, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that conductor and composer Dominick DiOrio will join its faculty as assistant professor of music (choral conducting) this fall, pending approval of the Trustees of Indiana University.

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"Dominick DiOrio is at the forefront of emerging young conductors in the choral profession," said William Jon Gray, chair of the Jacobs School's Choral Conducting Department. "The Choral Department is excited to welcome Dr. DiOrio--an accomplished conductor, composer and educator--to the Jacobs School of Music as a member of the conducting faculty and as director of the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble."

"I am so delighted to be joining the faculty ranks of the Jacobs School of Music," said DiOrio. "I experienced nothing but enthusiasm and positive energy from all students, faculty, staff and administration that I met during my short time on campus this spring. I am looking forward to making Bloomington my home."

From 2009 to 2012, DiOrio was director of choral activities and associate professor of music at Lone Star College-Montgomery, where he tripled the enrollment of the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers 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 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, William Boughton, Jon Washburn, Shinik Hahm, Simon Carrington and Helmuth Rilling.

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 top international competition for young choral conductors. He was a finalist in the 2005 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Undergraduate Conducting Awards in Los Angeles.

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.

He is frequently commissioned by ensembles across the country and his music has been performed in venues as diverse as the Museum of Modern Art (N.Y.), the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), the Rothko Chapel, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and Boston's Old South Church. His work is published with Alliance, Lorenz and Oxford.

DiOrio earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the Yale School of Music, studying with Marguerite Brooks, Simon Carrington and Jeffrey Douma. His thesis focuses on pitch procedure in Krzysztof Penderecki's St. Luke Passion. This research was presented at the 2010 SW ACDA Regional Convention in Denver and is soon to be published in The Choral Scholar.

He also earned M.M.A. and M.M. degrees in conducting from Yale and a Bachelor of Music degree in composition summa cum laude from Ithaca College, where he studied with Gregory Woodward, Dana Wilson and Janet Galván.