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.

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 9 July 2014.

Upcoming Events

Zane Fiala, artistic director
Saturday, 26 July 2014 - 7:30pm
All Souls Episcopal Parish - 2220 Cedar St. - Berkeley, CA
Sunday, 27 July 2014 - 6:00pm
St. Matthew's Lutheran Church - 3281 16th St - San Francisco, CA

Zane Fiala and the IOCSF present "By Popular Demand: Audience Favorites from our First Ten Years" at two upcoming concerts. My work Chrysopylae, winner of the IOCSF's competition contest in 2012, receives two performances along with other standard works of the chorale's repertoire. Also on the program are works of Aaron Pike, Joshua Saulle, Nicholas Weininger, Hugo Alfvén, Ivo Antognini, Robin Estrada, Gustav Holst, and Sven-David Sandström.

HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING? American Voices in Choral Music
SERAPHIC FIRE: Patrick Dupré Quigley, artistic director

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 - 7:30 pm 
St. Sophia Cathedral - Miami, FL
Friday, 17 October 2014 - 7:30pm
St. Phiip's Episcopal - Coral Gables, FL
Saturday, 18 October 2014 - 7:30pm
All Saints Episcopal - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Sunday, 19 October 2014 - 7:30pm
All Souls Episcopal - Miami Beach, FL

I am thriled to announce that Seraphic Fire and Patrick Quigley will be recording and releasing my work I Am on their new album this coming October. In conjunction with that recording release, they will also perform the work four times in the greater Miami area.

Smith College Chorus & Joseph Baldwin, conductor
Saturday, 15 November 2014
Smith College - Northampton, MA

Dominick is delighted to be in residence at Smith College for a few days giving guest lectures and participating in the premiere of his new work
Leave My Heart Its Songs
with Joseph Baldwin and the Smith College Chorus.

YALE RECITAL CHORUS performs A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass
Max Holman, conductor & Garrett Arney, marimba
Sunday, 14 December 2014 - 5:00pm
St. Thomas Episcopal Church - New Haven, CT

Max Holman and the Yale Recital Chorus, with percussionist Garrett Arney, will perform the final two movements of A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass for Max's graduate recital in choral conducting through the Yale School of Music.

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.

REFRACTED REQUIEM: Major Premieres by IU Composers
NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble - Dominick DiOrio, conductor
Tuesday, 3 March 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 Vietnam Requiem.

Christopher Eanes, artistic director and conductor
Friday, 6 March 2015 - 8:00pm
Sunday, 8 March 2015 - 3:00pm 
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
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.

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.

CHICAGO CHORAL ARTISTS perform A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass
Michael Costello, artistic director
Saturday, 9 May 2015
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.

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
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.