Dominick has been named the 2014 Winner of The American Prize in Composition (professional choral division). Among the judges comments: "His depth of vision, mastery of compositional technique and unique style set him in a category by himself."

The professional vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire has just released their newest album featuring my work I Am and many other composers including Jake Runestad, Colin Britt, Nico Muhly, Dan Forrest, and Morten Lauridsen. Buy the album on Amazon or iTunes.

From the Miami Herald review: "The purity of Jessica Petrus' high, vibrato-less soprano took solo honors in Dominick DiOrio's I Am, a masterful weaving of repetitive fragments into larger motifs."

NOTUS @ 2015 ACDA National Conference
has been invited to be the Featured Ensemble-in-Residence for the inaugural Composers Track at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. They will perform during the College / University Reading Session on Wednesday and also during the Student Composer Masterclass on Thursday.

Boston Examiner: "The Little Blue One defies the widespread notion that contemporary classical music is inaccessible; DiOrio's score abounds with gorgeous lyricism, supported by compelling harmony."

Boston Musical Intelligencer: "As new operas go, this one was not half-bad, with the slightly beefed-up chamber scale of it a very promising pointer to the future of opera itself. The score, while perhaps a little too archly retro (psychodramas really do need some musical spicing up), contains some terrific music, especially in the arias for Gennaro and Arrangiarsia and the big wig-out scene for Pietro."

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.

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Last updated 14 January 2015.

Upcoming Events

FIRE & ICE: Elemental Songs of Magic and Mystery
NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble - Dominick DiOrio, conductor
Sunday, 25 January 2015 - 4:00pm
Auer Concert Hall - Jacobs School of Music - Bloomington, IN

NOTUS's first concert of the year includes a presentation of David Lang's
the little match girl passion, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music. The concert features two premiers by IU affiliated composers: faculty member Claude Baker and doctoral student Phillip Sink. Also on the program are works by Daniel Knaggs and Jocelyn Hagen.

Choral Arts Intiative; Brandon Elliott, conductor
Sunday, 22 February 2015 - 4:00pm
St. Mark Presbyerian Church - Newport Beach, CA

Brandon Elliott and the Choral Arts Intiative perform Absence in California as part of an eclectic program of new music. More details to follow.

NOTUS @ 2015 ACDA National Conference
NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble - Dominick DiOrio, conductor
Wednesday, 25 February & Thursday, 26 February 2015
ACDA National Conference - Salt Lake City, Utah

NOTUS has been invited to be the Featured Ensemble-in-Residence for the inaugural Composers Track at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. They will perform during the College/University Reading Session on Wednesday and also during the Student Composer Masterclass on Thursday.

NOTUS ACDA Concert - Home Performance
NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble - Dominick DiOrio, conductor
Tuesday, 3 March 2015 - 8:00pm
Auer Concert Hall - Jacobs School of Music - Bloomington, IN

Repertoire from NOTUS's ACDA appearance will be featured on this Tuesday evening concert -- music of living composers, including Michael Gilbertson, Jake Runestad, Sydney Guillaume, Caroline Shaw, Richard Nance, Sven-David Sandström, David Conte, Zachary Wadsworth, Steven Sametz, David Lang, Cristian Grases, and my own I Am!

Christopher Eanes, artistic director and conductor
Saturday, 7 March 2015 - 7:30pm
Sunday, 8 March 2015 - 5:00pm 
Christ Church Cathedral - Cincinnati, OH

As a part of the celebration of their fiftieth-anniversary season, the Cincinnati Boychoir has commissioned Dominick to write a twenty-minute choral-orchestral work that will receive its first performance on March 6, 2015—the anniversary of the Boychoir’s first rehearsal in 1965. The six-movement work is entitled HORIZON SYMPHONY and is comprised of poetry by Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane, and an anonymous poet from the twelfth century; scored for male voices, including male trebles, altos, tenors, and basses, the work also calls for a full chamber orchestra with several percussionists, harps, brass, and strings. The work was conceived in part as a companion piece to Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms; Bernstein’s work, which also turns 50 in 2015, was written for the choir of men and boys at Chichester Cathedral in Sussex, England.

Macalester Concert Choir & Michael McGaghie, conductor
Friday, 10 April 2015 - Sunday, 12 April 2015
Performance - Saturday, 11 April 2015 - 8pm
Mairs Concert Hall - Macalester College - St. Paul, MN

Dominick is looking forward to being in residence with the Macalester Concert Choir and Michael McGaghie in April of 2015 for the premiere of
You Do Not Walk Alone
, my new work for mixed chorus commissioned by Mike and his ensemble.

Casual Classics Concert Series: St. Ambrose University
Nathan Windt, baritone
Friday, 17 April 2015 - 5pm
Madsen Hall, Galvin Fine Arts Center
St. Ambrose University - Davenport, IA

Baritone Nathan Windt performs my song cycle A Ghost Through the Winding Years for baritone and piano. Also featuring music of Clara and Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.

EIGHTH BLACKBIRD & the University of Richmond

University of Richmond Schola Cantorum and Jeffrey Riehl, conductor

Sunday, 19 April 2015
Camp Concert Hall - Booker Hall of Music - Richmond, VA

Dominick is delighted that eighth blackbird and the University of Richmond Schola Cantorum under the direction of Jeffrey Riehl will premiere my new work for 8bb ensemble, mixed choir and narrator, An Equal Humanity. The performance will be part of 8bb's annual residency with the Schola Cantorum and Dr. Riehl.

REFRACTED REQUIEM: Major Premieres by IU Composers
NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble - Dominick DiOrio, conductor
Friday, 24 April 2015 - 8:00pm
Auer Concert Hall - Jacobs School of Music - Bloomington, IN

NOTUS is thrilled to be presenting a concert of three world-premiere works: DiOrio's own Stravinsky Refracted, made possible with a grant from the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music; the first-prize winner of the 2015 NOTUS Student Composition Contest; and P.Q. Phan's monumental new work for chorus and ensemble, A Vietnamese Requiem.

CHICAGO CHORAL ARTISTS perform A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass
Michael Costello, artistic director
Saturday, 9 May 2015
Ebenezer Lutheran Church - Chicago, IL
Sunday, 10 May 2015
Grace Lutheran Church - River Forest, IL

Chicago Choral Artists and Michael Costello will perform my work A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass as part of their 2014-2015 season, with concerts in Chicago and River Forest.

Dominick DiOrio & Jo-Michael Scheibe, conductors
Friday, 22 May 2015 - Monday, 25 May 2015
Orchestra Hall / Symphony Center - Chicago, IL

Dominick joins Jo-Michael Scheibe and high schoolers from around the nation for a performance in Chicago for the MCP Octavo Series, featuring octavo length works appropriate for high school choruses by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Copland, Whitacre, Ames, and my own I give you a new commandment.

TCDA Middle School / JH School Honor Choir
Andrea Ramsey, guest conductor
Dominick DiOrio, commissioned composer

Saturday, 25 July 2015
San Antonio Convention Center - San Antonio, TX

Dominick is honored to be the commissioned composer for the TCDA Middle School and Junior High School Honor Choir at the 2015 Annual Conference. His new work, An Irish Blessing, will be premiered by the Honor Choir and guest conductor and composer Andrea Ramsey.

Eric Banks, artistic director
Friday, 7 August 2015
Saturday, 8 August 2015
Sunday, 9 August 2015
Location TBD - Seattle, WA

In summer 2014, Dominick was honored to be the inaugural composer for HARMONIA, the new "composer-in-residence" program with The Esoterics. This sojourn included writing a new work in a forest studio at the home of composer emeritus Donald Skirvin. The resulting work from the residency, The Visible World, touches on themes of civil equality and same-sex marriage. It will be premiered by The Esoterics on the AUDATIO concert program in August of 2015.