work details

We Dance!

  • Instrumentation: SSAATTBB a cappella
  • Completed: February 2015
  • Duration: 1 minute, 30 seconds
  • Texts: by Janet Galván and Dominick DiOrio
  • Video:
    • We Dance! (2015)

      Ithaca College Choir
      Dr. Janet Galván, conductor
      Lincoln Center / Alice Tully Hall Preview Concert
      Recorded Live at Ithaca College / Ford Hall
      April 14, 2015

    • We Dance!

      Dominick DiOrio "We Dance!" (2015)
      Rollo Dilworth Choral Series
      For SATB a cappella - purchase the score

    • We Dance

      North Central Counterpoints
      Mike Raunick, director

  • Press:
  • Published:

    G. Schirmer / Rollo Dilworth Choral Series (click to purchase)

  • Composer's Note:

    On February 7th, 2015, my dear mentor and colleague, Janet Galván, called me and said the following... “Dominick, I need to bounce some ideas with you. My program for Lincoln Center has been planned for a long time, but as I about to turn it in for publicity, I realize that I am not happy with the ending. The entire program is so fresh, and my last piece is great but not the right piece for this program. As we brainstormed, she laughingly said, “You’re going to think I’m crazy, but how would you feel about taking the challenge of writing basically a one-minute piece on short notice?” The more we talked, it became apparent that a new piece would be perfect for the program. Most sane people would laugh at the request, but I felt excited by the challenge. I would do anything for Janet and her fine singers at Ithaca College. So, inspired by the challenge and the text we created together, three days later, I delivered this piece to Janet, a compilation of all that is joyous, enthusiastic, and full of expression. We Dance! is a whirlwind ride for the mightiest of choruses, vast of range and agile of rhythm. This work was commissioned by and is dedicated to Janet Galván, perhaps the only person in the world who can inspire and convince me to write a new and thrilling work with a deadline of yesterday!

  • Performances:
    • April 14, 2015 (preview)
      Ithaca College Choir
      Janet Galván, director 
      Ford Hall - Ithaca College - Ithaca, NY
    • April 17, 2015 (premiere)
      Ithaca College Choir
      Janet Galván, director 
      Alice Tully Hall - Lincoln Center - New York, NY
    • April 23, 2016
      Arizona All-State Choir
      Rollo Dilworth, conductor
      Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff, AZ
    • April 30, 2016
      North Central High School Concert Choir
      Michael Raunick, director
      ISSMA State Qualifying Contest
      Ben Davis High School - Indianapolis, IN
    • May 7, 2016
      North Central High School Concert Choir
      Michael Raunick, director
      ISSMA State Finals
      Pike High School - Indianapolis, IN
    • May 14, 2016
      North Central High School Concert Choir
      Michael Raunick, director
      An Evening with the Counterpoints
      North Central High School - Indianapolis, IN
    • May 26, 2016
      Rush Henrietta Singers
      Christine Sargent, director
      Rush Henrietta Senior High School - Henrietta, NY
    • June 27, 2016
      Rush Henrietta Singers
      Christine Sargent, director
      Belvárosi Szent Mihály Templom - Budapest, Hungary
    • June 30, 2016
      Rush Henrietta Singers
      Christine Sargent, director
      Peterskirche - Vienna, Austria
    • July 1, 2016
      Notes of Joy - 2016 Austria Choir Festival
      Combined Festival Gala Concert Choirs
      Rollo Dilworth, conductor
      Vienna, Austria
    • November 8, 2016
      The Chorale of Southwest Baptist University
      James Tarrant, conductor
      Mabee Chapel - Southwest Baptist University - Bolivar, MO
    • November 13, 2016
      Boise State University Meistersingers
      C. Michael Porter, conductor
      Morrison Center Main Hall - BSU - Boise, ID
    • November 13, 2016
      University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Concert Choir
      Frank A Watkins, conductor
      Haas Fine Arts Center - UW Eau Claire - Eau Claire, WI
    • November 20, 2016
      New Jersey All-State Mixed Choir
      Rollo Dilworth, conductor
      New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Newark, NJ
    • February 12, 2017
      CCM Choral Showcase
      CCM Chamber Choir
      Earl Rivers, conductor
      Corbett Auditorium - University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
      Cincinnati, OH
    • February 25, 2017
      Lawrence University Concert Choir
      Phillip Swan, conductor
      Lawrence Memorial Chapel - Lawrence University - Appleton, WI
    • March 25, 2017
      Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE) National Conference
      National Conference Chamber Choir
      Rollo Dilworth, conductor
      Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts - Philadelphia, PA
    • April 26, 2017
      Northern Illinois University Chamber Choir
      Eric Johnson, conductor
      Boutell Memorial Concert Hall - Northern Illinois University - Dekalb, IL
    • May 5, 2017
      Cantus Novus
      W. Edward McCall, director
      Trinity Episcopal Church - Solebury, PA
    • May 6, 2017
      Cantus Novus
      W. Edward McCall, director
      St. Paul's Episcopal Church - Doylestown, PA
    • May 7, 2017
      Cantus Novus
      W. Edward McCall, director
      St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Yardley, PA
    • August 19, 2017
      Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
      Choral Conducting Workshop Choir
      Simon Carrington, conductor / director
      Battell Estate - Norfolk, CT