NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

Dominick DiOrio

Associate Professor of Music and Director of NOTUS

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

Conductor: Dominick DiOrio
Associate Conductor: Joshua Harper (DM) 
Assistant Conductor:
Grant Farmer (DM)

Auditions: Required

“These Winds are a god-sent kind, and a great blessing to men.”

– Hesiod on Notos, Greek god of the south wind


NOTUS is one of the country’s most prestigious collegiate vocal ensembles, unique in its commitment to championing living composers through the commissioning, programming, and recording of new works. It seeks to electrify the choral canon through new music that inspires, provokes, moves, and heals audiences and performers alike. Under the baton of conductor Dominick DiOrio, NOTUS has performed across the nation, from regional and national ACDA conferences to Carnegie Hall.

Over the course of its history, NOTUS has delivered premiere or second performances of more than 150 new works in the choral repertoire. This astonishing achievement includes recent commissions and premieres by Claude Baker, John Gibson, P.Q. Phan, Sven-David Sandström, Aaron Travers, and Zachary Wadsworth. In addition to these ground-breaking new works, NOTUS regularly programs a rich and eclectic array of leading contemporary composers, such as Chen Yi, Eriks Esenvalds, Sofia Gubaidulina, Sydney Guillaume, Ted Hearne, James MacMillan, Nico Muhly, Tawnie Olson, and Christopher Theofanidis.

In between its rigorous concert schedule, NOTUS works tirelessly to nurture composers and singers through mutually inspiring artist residencies. In 2013, the ensemble was honored to collaborate with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw and guest conductor and former King’s Singer Simon Carrington. These partnerships build global connections for the ensemble, and contribute to the group’s expertise with the challenges of contemporary repertory.

In honor of its academic origins, NOTUS is proud to also shine a spotlight on the talent of Indiana University’s very own student composers through an annual contest for new choral works. Winning compositions receive premiere performances by NOTUS and often launch national careers for their young composers, such as IU alumni Texu Kim, Matthew Recio, and Corey Rubin. In 2016, NOTUS member and IU student Alex Berko won this contest with the composition Forgiven Tears, which went on to be named winner of the ACDA Raymond W. Brock Memorial Student Composition Prize.

NOTUS was originally founded in 1980 as the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, but was renamed in 2013 after the selection of its fourth director, Dominick DiOrio. The choir’s new name was inspired by Notos, the Greek god of the south wind, who brings cleansing storms for a new season. Previous directors include Alan Harler (1980-1981), Jan Harrington (1981-1992), and Carmen Helena Téllez (1992-2012).