- 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 has been associate professor of music in choral conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music since 2012.
He brings equal passion and determination to his work as a conductor and composer, and he has been recognized with The American Prizes in both Choral Composition (2014) and Choral Performance (2019, with NOTUS).
At IU, he is the director of NOTUS, a new music chamber chorus that he has elevated to national acclaim through commissions, recording projects, and invited performances at regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association.
NOTUS has also been recognized internationally, as it was one of only 24 choirs in the world selected by competitive audition to perform at the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland, New Zealand (before it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic).
NOTUS’s debut album, Of Radiance & Refraction, featured the world-premiere recordings of five commissioned works and was praised as “mature and assured” (The Choral Journal) and recognized for its “great precision, execution, [and] excellent intonation” (Kathodik).
An accomplished conductor, DiOrio is also the newly appointed artistic director and conductor of the historic Mendelssohn Club Chorus of Philadelphia. He has guest conducted ensembles around the world, from the Houston Chamber Choir and Choral Arts Initiative in the U.S. to Allmänna Sången and Ars Veritas abroad. He has collaborated with many of today’s leading composers, and his repertoire spans the gamut of path-breaking works from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
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). His more than 50 published works have appeared at major venues around the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall.
DiOrio’s recent commissioning partners include Vocal Arts Ensemble Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, The Choral Arts Society of Washington, and “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band.
DiOrio currently serves as president of the National Collegiate Choral Organization.
He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the Yale School of Music, as well as M.M.A. and M.M. degrees in conducting from Yale and a B.M. degree in composition from Ithaca College.