From our first HARMONIA Composer, Dominick DiOrio:
“It was an absolute thrill for me to be involved in the very first HARMONIA residency with Eric Banks and The Esoterics. As a composer-conductor myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to live and work in a forest studio for ten days, create a wholly new piece of choral music, and then rehearse and workshop the score with the ensemble. In addition to that, I had the chance to immerse myself in the incredible city that is Seattle, making connections with area choral conductors and other composers, as well as serving as a guest judge for POLYPHONOS and getting introduced to great new scores by talented composers from around the world. Truly, Eric Banks, Scott Kovacs and composer emeritus Donald Skirvin have started something very special, and I look forward to seeing how HARMONIA changes the flow of new music performance and genesis in Seattle and beyond.”
Composer and conductor Dominick DiOrio was named Best Composer 2011 by HoustonPress 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 The Esoterics, 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 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.
Born in 1984, 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. 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.
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. 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.
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).