Conductor and composer Dominick DiOrio was named the 2014 winner of The American Prize in Composition (professional choral division) with the judges saying "his depth of vision, mastery of compositional technique, and unique style set him in a category by himself."
DiOrio is assistant professor of choral conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he directs NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, an auditioned chorus specializing in music of the last fifty years. Under his leadership, NOTUS has performed at both regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and as an invited ensemble on the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) Artist Series at Carnegie Hall. He mentors graduate choral conducting majors and also teaches courses in score reading, choral literature, and undergraduate and graduate conducting. He was named a recipient of the 2014–2015 Outstanding Junior Faculty Award—IU Bloomington's highest honor for tenure‑track faculty.
Called "a forward‑thinking young composer filled with new ideas, ready to tackle anything," DiOrio was named Best Composer 2011 by Houston Press for Klytemnestra, his chamber opera with Divergence Vocal Theater and librettist Misha Penton. His second opera, The Little Blue One with librettist Meghan Guidry, had its premiere in April 2014 in Boston with Juventas New Music Ensemble and musical director Lidiya Yankovskaya. Of the opera, the Boston Examiner wrote, "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." He has been awarded prizes in composition from ASCAP and ACDA, among many others. His work is published with Alliance, Boosey & Hawkes, Carl Fischer, Éditions à Couer‑Joie, Edition Peters, G. Schirmer, The Lorenz Corporation, Mark Foster, Oxford, and Santa Barbara Music Publishing.
DiOrio earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the Yale School of Music, studying with Marguerite Brooks, Simon Carrington, and Jeffrey Douma. His DMA research on Krzysztof Penderecki's St. Luke Passion is published in The Choral Scholar. He also earned the MMA and MM in conducting from Yale and the BM in composition summa cum laude from Ithaca College, where he studied with Gregory Woodward, Dana Wilson, and Janet Galvàn. He currently serves as Treasurer on the Executive Board for the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), as a member of the Board of Directors for Chorus America, and on advisory boards for the Choral Arts Initiative, the Princeton Pro Musica, and the Young New Yorker's Chorus (YNYC). Learn more about Dominick DiOrio at www.dominickdiorio.com.