Dominick DiOrio is an imaginative, enthusiastic, and energetic musician who has won widespread acclaim for his contributions to American music as both a conductor and a composer. Whether leading an ensemble or crafting a new score, he brings equal passion and determination to his work in vocal and instrumental music, and he has been recognized with The American Prizes in both Choral Composition (2014) and Choral Performance (2019, with NOTUS).
An accomplished conductor, DiOrio has conducted ensembles around the world, from the Houston Chamber Choir and Choral Arts Initiative in the USA to Allmänna Sången and Ars Veritas abroad. Beginning in July 2020, he will begin a new professional journey as the 14th Artistic Director & Conductor of the Mendelssohn Club Chorus of Philadelphia. In addition to this new appointment, DiOrio will continue as a member of the choral conducting faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, a position he has held since 2012. At IU, he leads the select, new music chamber chorus NOTUS, a group 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 (ACDA). NOTUS’ debut album, Of Radiance & Refraction, which featured the world premiere recordings of five commissioned works, was widely praised as “mature and assured” (The Choral Journal) and recognized for its “great precision, execution, [and] excellent intonation” (Kathodik).
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 over 50 published works have appeared at major venues around the world including the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall — as well as in Austria, Canada, China, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, South Korea, Sweden, and the UK — and have been performed by internationally renowned solo artists including Nathan Gunn, Katherine Jolly, Yvonne Gonzales Redman, and Craig Hella Johnson.
DiOrio currently serves as president of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. DiOrio earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the Yale School of Music, as well as the MMA and MM in conducting from Yale and the BM in composition summa cum laude from Ithaca College.