Choral Department

Dominick DiOrio

Associate Professor of Music (Choral Conducting)

DiOrio, Dominick


Contact Information:
East Studio Building, JS333


Choral Conducting

  • D.M.A., Doctor of Musical Arts, Yale School of Music, 2012
  • M.M., Master of Music, Yale School of Music, 2008
  • B.M., Bachelor of Music, Ithaca College, 2006

Dominick DiOrio is associate professor of choral conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

This innovative young composer and conductor has won widespread acclaim for his contributions to American music. Whether leading an ensemble or crafting a new score, he brings equal passion and determination to his work in orchestral and choral music.

As a composer, DiOrio has been hailed for a keenly intelligent, evocative style, which shows “a tour de force of inventive thinking and unique colour” (Gramophone). In 2014, he won the prestigious American Prize in Composition after impressing the judges with “his depth of vision, mastery of compositional technique, and unique style.” His works have appeared at major American venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kimmel Center — as well as in Austria, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Sweden, and the UK — and have been performed by internationally renowned solo artists including Nathan Gunn and Yvonne Gonzales Redman. DiOrio’s recent commissioning partners include the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, VAE: Vocal Arts Ensemble, the University of Illinois, Soli Deo Gloria, Cor Cantiamo, and "The President’s Own" United States Marine Band.

An equally accomplished conductor, DiOrio has triumphed in performances with ensembles around the world, from the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and the Houston Chamber Choir to Allmänna Sången and Ars Veritas. He made his Carnegie Hall debut when he was just 28 years old. In recognition of his talent, the ACDA selected DiOrio as one of 14 American conductors in its 2015 International Conductor Exchange Program with Sweden. In 2009, DiOrio was one of only twelve conductors in the world invited to compete for Sweden’s Eric Ericson Award for choral conductors. He was also a finalist in the 2005 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Undergraduate Conducting Awards in Los Angeles.

DiOrio is currently based in Bloomington, Indiana, where he is an associate professor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. At age 31, he became the youngest-ever member of the conducting faculty to receive tenure. His duties include leading the elite chamber chorus NOTUS, which champions the development and performance of new works by living composers. Under his direction, NOTUS has performed across the nation, from regional and national ACDA conferences to Carnegie Hall. In addition to teaching courses in score reading, choral literature, and conducting, DiOrio dedicates a significant portion of his academic schedule to mentoring graduate conducting students. In 2014, IU awarded him the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, recognizing his significant contributions to the university.

DiOrio earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from the Yale School of Music, studying with Marguerite Brooks, Simon Carrington, and Jeffrey Douma, and published his D.M.A. research on Krzysztof Penderecki's "St. Luke Passion" in The Choral Scholar. He earned his M.M.A. and M.M. in conducting from Yale and a B.M. in composition summa cum laude from Ithaca College, where he studied with Gregory Woodward, Dana Wilson, and Janet Galván. He has presented sessions at major conferences, including the Nordic Choral Conference (Malmö, 2015) and the World Symposium on Choral Music (Barcelona, 2017). He currently serves as treasurer for the National Collegiate Choral Organization, a member of the board of directors for Chorus America, and chair of the Standing Committee on Composition Initiatives for ACDA.

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