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.

DiOrio made his conducting debut at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall when he was 28 years old. He has conducted 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 (Sweden). In addition, DiOrio is associate professor of music and a tenured member of the choral conducting faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His duties include leading the select chamber chorus NOTUS, which champions the work of living composers in concerts across the nation, including at regional and national American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conferences. In 2014, Indiana University awarded DiOrio the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, a recognition for promising young faculty.

As a composer, DiOrio has been hailed for an intelligent, evocative style, which shows “a tour de force of inventive thinking and unique colour” (Gramophone). In 2014, he won the American Prize in Composition. His works have been heard at major American venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center—as well as internationally — and have been performed by renowned artists including Nathan Gunn and Yvonne Gonzales Redman. DiOrio’s recent commissioning partners include eighth blackbird, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, and several universities, including Princeton, Cornell, Michigan, and Illinois.

DiOrio earned his Doctorate 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. DiOrio 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 currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Chorus America, treasurer for the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and chair of the Standing Committee on Composition Initiatives for ACDA.

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