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Dominick DiOrio is an innovative young composer and conductor who has won widespread acclaim for his contributions to American music. Whether leading an ensemble or crafting a new score, DiOrio brings equal passion and determination to his work in choral and instrumental music.

As a composer, DiOrio has been hailed for a keenly intelligent, evocative style, which shows “a tour de force of inventive thinking and unique colour” (Gramophone). In 2014, DiOrio won the American Prize in Composition with the judges praising “his depth of vision, mastery of compositional technique, and unique style.” His works have appeared at major American venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kimmel Center — as well as in Austria, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Sweden, and the UK — and have been performed by internationally renowned solo artists including Nathan Gunn and Yvonne Gonzales Redman. DiOrio’s recent commissioning partners include the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble & Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, eighth blackbird, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, Craig Hella Johnson, and several universities including Princeton, Cornell, and the Universities of Michigan and Illinois.

An equally accomplished conductor, DiOrio made his Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall debut when he was 28 years old. He has conducted performances with ensembles around the world, from the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and the Houston Chamber Choir to Allmänna Sången and Ars Veritas. In 2015, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) selected DiOrio as one of fourteen American conductors in its International Conductor Exchange Program with Sweden. In 2009, DiOrio was one of only twelve conductors in the world invited to compete for Sweden’s Eric Ericson Award for choral conductors. He was also a finalist in the 2005 ACDA Undergraduate Conducting Competition in Los Angeles.

DiOrio is currently based in Bloomington, Indiana, where he is an associate professor of music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. At age 31, he became the youngest-ever member of the conducting faculty to receive tenure. His duties include leading the select chamber chorus NOTUS, which champions the development and performance of new works by living composers. Under DiOrio’s direction, NOTUS has performed across the nation, including invited performances at regional and national ACDA conferences. In addition to teaching courses in score reading, choral literature, and conducting, DiOrio dedicates a significant portion of his academic schedule to mentoring graduate conducting students. In 2014, IU awarded DiOrio the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, the highest university-wide recognition for young faculty.

DiOrio earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting from the Yale School of Music, and he published his DMA research on Krzysztof Penderecki's St. Luke Passion in The Choral Scholar. He also received his MMA and MM in conducting from Yale and an BM in composition summa cum laude from Ithaca College. He has presented sessions at major conferences including the Nordic Choral Conference (Malmö, 2015) and the World Symposium on Choral Music (Barcelona, 2017). DiOrio currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Chorus America, Treasurer for the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), and Chair of the Standing Committee on Composition Initiatives for ACDA.

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Abridged Bio (300 words)

Dominick DiOrio is an innovative young composer and conductor who has won widespread acclaim for his contributions to American music. Whether leading an ensemble or crafting a new score, DiOrio brings equal passion and determination to his work in choral and instrumental music.

As a composer, DiOrio has been hailed for an intelligent, evocative style, which shows “a tour de force of inventive thinking and unique colour” (Gramophone). In 2014, DiOrio won the American Prize in Composition. His works have appeared at major American venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center — as well as internationally — and have been performed by renowned artists including Nathan Gunn and Yvonne Gonzales Redman. DiOrio’s recent commissioning partners include the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble & Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, eighth blackbird, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, and several universities including Princeton, Cornell, and the Universities of Michigan and Illinois.

DiOrio made his conducting debut at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall when he was 28 years old. He has conducted performances with ensembles around the world, from the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and the Houston Chamber Choir to Allmänna Sången and Ars Verita (Sweden). In addition, DiOrio is the youngest-ever tenured member of the conducting faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His duties include leading the select chamber chorus NOTUS, which champions the work of living composers in concerts across the nation, including at regional and national ACDA conferences. In 2014, Indiana University awarded DiOrio the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, the highest university-wide recognition for young faculty.

DiOrio earned his DMA, MMA, and MM degrees in conducting from the Yale School of Music, and his BM in composition from Ithaca College. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Chorus America, Treasurer for the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and Chair of the Standing Committee on Composition Initiatives for ACDA.

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