Indiana University

Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Dominick DiOrio

Assistant Professor of Music and Conductor, NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

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notus - IU Comtemporary Vocal Ensemble

Meeting Times: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 2:30-3:50 p.m.

Conductor: Dominick DiOrio
Associate Conductor: Carlo Vincetti Frizzo
Assistant Conductor and Accompanist: Jaeeun Kim

Auditions: Required

NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble is comprised of 24 highly-skilled singers from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Directed by conductor-composer Dominick DiOrio, NOTUS is run as a professional chorus and its members are expected to consistently demonstrate the highest levels of musicianship and vocal ability. That being said, the student membership in NOTUS is academically diverse, with representative majors including composition, conducting, piano, organ, harpsichord, early music, music education, and other disciplines in addition to voice. Excellent sight-singing skills are required of all members, as the thorny nature of pitching in contemporary music makes quick reading ability essential. Singers are expected to come to rehearsal prepared on their parts and those singers with perfect pitch are especially desirable. 

Noted for innovative programming, NOTUS explores all significant styles of the last century as well as works at the forefront of today’s contemporary music scene. A special emphasis is placed on the works of living and emerging composers, especially notable works for voices composed by Indiana University faculty and students.

Highlights of the 2013-2014 season include:

  • Spring Tour to New York City and performance in Carnegie Hall / Weill Recital Hall
  • Performance during an interest session at the ACDA Regional Convention in Cincinnati, OH
  • Residency with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw
  • Performances of Dominick Argento's "A Toccata of Galuppi's" and Dominick DiOrio's "Stabat mater dolorosa"
  • Professional recording project for release on New Dynamic Records
  • Premieres of new commissions by Zachary Wadsworth and faculty composer Aaron Travers, as well as the annual Student Composition Contest Winner

NOTUS has performed an eclectic combination of works for voices by composers such as Dominick Argento,John Cage, Chen Yi, Melissa Dunphy, Eriks Esenvalds, Don Freund, Ted Hearne, Moses Hogan, Paul Mealor, Per Nørgård, Tawnie Olson, Sven-David Sandström, Caroline Shaw, Veljo Tormis, Dale Trumbore, Robert Vuichard, and Zachary Wadsworth. Major repertoire for the previous season included Nico Muhly’s Expecting the Main Things from You, James MacMillan’s Cantos Sagrados, Dominick DiOrio's A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass, Herbert Howell’s Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing, and the monumental Sonnengesang by Sofia Gubaidulina. 

Founded in 1980, the Ensemble has had only three previous directors: Alan Harler, Jan Harrington, and Carmen-Helena Téllez.