FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music new music chamber chorus NOTUS recently released its second album, “What Is Ours: Music for an America in Progress,” on Navona Records. The recording is available on numerous digital platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music.
Featuring more than 90 student performers from across three years, the album also includes Jacobs faculty Dominick DiOrio, composer and director; Roger Roe, English horn; and D. James Tagg, audio engineer. Alumni composers are Leigha Amick, John William Griffith II and Moira Smiley.
“When I originally envisioned this program, it was to be performed on our tour to New Zealand as part of the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music in July 2020,” said DiOrio. “We were to be ambassadors for our country on the international stage, singing music written by a diverse array of American composers. While we were ultimately unable to travel around the globe, we did get to present this music in February 2022 at the American Choral Directors Association Midwestern Conference in Chicago after we had returned to in-person singing.
“While this program was conceived in many ways for an earlier time that no longer exists, it still resonates in this new era, our next normal. To really think about ‘what is ours’ and what we can claim, we must reflect not only on our collective histories, but also on our shared individual stories of suffering, resilience, catharsis and joy.”