REVIEWS: NOTUS Carnegie / Weill Concert
Sequenza21: "Next to take the stage was NOTUS: Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. Under Dominick DiOrio’s leadership, NOTUS stood out for the polish and dynamism of their performance. Though fewer in number than the UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus, NOTUS’s singers filled the hall with a more vibrant tone and achieved more secure intonation than either of the other choruses." Read the full Sequenza21 review.

New York Concert Review: "The “Passacaglia” from the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning Partita for 8 Voices by Caroline Shaw (b. 1982) came next. NOTUS showed how prepared they were in a rendition that was at all turns simply astonishing. They tackled the multi-layered complexities with ease and delivered a performance [to] remember. O Virtus Sapientiae by Dominick DiOrio (b. 1984) proved that Mr. DiOrio is not only an outstanding director, but a talented composer as well. His ingenious setting of Hildegard von Bingen’s original chant was breathtaking." Read the full review.

"You know the old give-and-take. Give: “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” Take: “Practice. Practice. Practice.” Well, yes, but in the case of NOTUS, the Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, part of the practice happened in Auer Hall Tuesday evening before a Bloomington audience. The final 25 minutes of that concert contained the package of music that conductor Dominick DiOrio and NOTUS will perform for a New York City audience next week during an inaugural concert of a series devoted to new vocal music. That series will be housed in an intimate space within the Carnegie Hall complex called Weill Hall. If Maestro DiOrio’s band of 24 vocalists sings as it did in Auer, then that familiar give-and-take will hold true once again. Practice will have done it. Innate talent will have helped. And fascinating music, too."
Read the full Herald Times Review.

Dominick is honored to have received an inaugural grant from the Ann Stookey Fund for new music to write a new work for NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble for performance in Spring 2015. The 20-minute work will be based on Amy Lowell's poem "Stravinsky's Three Pieces 'Grotesques' for String Quartet" and be set for 24 voices, string quartet, organ, and percussion. Read more here.

Dominick is the newly elected Treasurer on the Executive Board of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. Serving a two-year term from Jan 2014-Dec 2015, he will be in charge of all financial aspects of the organization as well as play a crucial role in planning the Sixth National Conference in Portland, Oregon.

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Last updated 16 April 2014.

A New Opera by Dominick DiOrio (Music) and Meghan Guidry (Libretto)
Presented by Juventas New Music Ensemble

Four performances:
Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 7:30pm
Friday, 25 April 2014 - 8:00pm
Saturday, 26 April 2014 - 3:00pm
Saturday, 26 April 2014 - 8:00pm

Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theater - Boston, MA


Based on an old Italian folk tale, The Little Blue One follows young Azzurina as the world of spirits collides with reality.

Original Music by Dominick DiOrio.
Original Libretto by Meghan Guidry.
Music Direction by Lidiya Yankovskaya.
Stage Direction by Erin Huelskamp.

Every Spring, Juventas New Music Ensemble presents a fully-staged production of a new opera. This season, composer Dominick DiOrio and librettist Meghan Guidry join forces in a dark psychological exploration of the Italian folktale of Azzurina, a young albino girl with dyed dark blue hair. Azzurrina lives a sheltered and lonely life, forced into eternal childhood and confined within the castle walls by her overprotective father.

Upcoming Events

Whitman College Chamber Singers, Chorale, & Jeremy Mims, director
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Whitman College Music Department - Walla Walla, WA

Jeremy Mims and the Whitman College Chamber Singers perform the premiere of my new choral work, I Am on a poem of Mary Elizabeth Frye and the Whitman College Chorale performs the premiere of Awake Her Not. These two works were both commissioned by Whitman College and Dominick will be in residence for rehearsals and the premiere.

HOUSTON CHAMBER CHOIR: Favorites and Firsts — Hear and Now!
Robert Simpson, artistic director
Saturday, 7 June 2014 - 7:30 pm 
The Church of St. John the Divine - Houston, TX

We all have our favorites, but we also enjoy the excitement of something new. Well, in this case there is no need to choose; Both favorites and firsts will be found in this Special Bonus Concert as we sing audience requests and the world premiere of a brilliant new work by McKnight award-winning composer Jocelyn Hagen that the Chamber Choir commissioned just for this occasion. Past commissions by David Ashley White, Christopher Theofanidis, and Dominick DiOrio (A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass) add to the mix of this spectacular concert.

Eric Banks, artistic director
Wednesday 18 June - Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Seattle, WA

As part of Harmonia, Dominick will be in residence for two weeks with The Esoterics in Seattle as part of a new "composer-in-residence" program. This sojourn will include writing a new work in a forest studio that will be premiered by Eric and The Esoterics in October 2014. Judging the annual composition competition will also be among my duties!