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Dominick DiOrio is an imaginative, enthusiastic, and energetic conductor and composer who has won widespread acclaim for his contributions to American music. Whether leading an ensemble or crafting a new score, he brings equal passion and determination to his work in vocal and instrumental music, and he has been recognized with The American Prizes in both Choral Composition (2014) and Choral Performance (2019, with NOTUS). Beginning in July 2020, he is excited to embark on a new professional journey as the 14th Artistic Director & Conductor of the Mendelssohn Club Chorus of Philadelphia, one of the most historic choral organizations in the United States, soon to begin its 147th season.

In addition to this new appointment, DiOrio will continue as a member of the choral conducting faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, a position he has held since 2012. At IU, he leads the select, new music chamber chorus NOTUS, a group that he has elevated to national acclaim through commissions, recording projects, and invited performances at regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). They have also been recognized internationally, as NOTUS was one of only 24 choirs in the world selected by competitive audition to perform at the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland, New Zealand (before it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic). NOTUS' debut album, Of Radiance & Refraction, which featured the world premiere recordings of five commissioned works, was widely praised as "mature and assured" (The Choral Journal) and recognized for its "great precision, execution, [and] excellent intonation" (Kathodik).

An accomplished conductor, DiOrio has conducted ensembles around the world, from the Houston Chamber Choir and Choral Arts Initiative in the USA to Allmänna Sången and Ars Veritas abroad. He has collaborated with many of today's leading composers including Paquito D'Rivera, Ted Hearne, Tawnie Olson, Caroline Shaw, Moira Smiley, Christopher Theofanidis, and the late great Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström and now deceased jazz legend David Baker. His repertoire spans the gamut of path-breaking works from the 20th and 21st centuries, including James MacMillan's Seven Last Words, Steve Reich's The Desert Music, David Lang's the little match girl passion, Sofia Gubaidulina's Sonnengesang, and Krzysztof Penderecki's St. Luke Passion, which he had the honor of preparing for the composer in November of 2017. Equally in love with music of all eras, he has also conducted performances of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Mozart's "Great" C Minor Mass, Mendelssohn's Psalm 42, Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs, Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms.

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). His music has been praised for its “depth of vision, mastery of compositional technique, and unique style” (The American Prize). His over 50 published works have appeared at major venues around the world including the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall — as well as in Austria, Canada, China, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, South Korea, Sweden, and the UK — and have been performed by internationally renowned solo artists including Nathan Gunn, Katherine Jolly, Yvonne Gonzales Redman, and Craig Hella Johnson. DiOrio maintains an active commissioning schedule, and his recent commissioning partners include the Children's Chorus of Washington, the Worcester Youth Orchestras, the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble & Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, The Choral Arts Society of Washington, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, and several universities including Princeton, Smith, and the Universities of Michigan, Oregon, and Illinois.

DiOrio currently serves as president of the National Collegiate Choral Organization and as chair of ACDA's National Standing Committee on Composition Initiatives. He has also previously served as Treasurer of NCCO (2014-2017) and on the board of directors for Chorus America (2015-2018). He has presented lectures at major conferences including the Nordic Choral Conference (Malmö, 2015) and the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music (Barcelona, 2017). DiOrio earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the Yale School of Music, as well as the MMA and MM in conducting from Yale and the BM in composition summa cum laude from Ithaca College.

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Abridged Bio (345 words)

Dominick DiOrio is a conductor and composer who has won widespread acclaim for his contributions to American music. Whether leading an ensemble or crafting a new score, he brings equal passion and determination to his work in vocal and instrumental music, and he has been recognized with The American Prizes in both Choral Composition (2014) and Choral Performance (2019). He is the 14th Artistic Director & Conductor of the Mendelssohn Club Chorus of Philadelphia.

DiOrio is also a member of the choral conducting faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, a position he has held since 2012. At IU, he leads the select, new music chamber chorus NOTUS, a group that he has elevated to national acclaim through commissions, recording projects, and invited performances at regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). NOTUS' debut album, Of Radiance & Refraction, featured the world premiere recordings of five commissioned works.

An accomplished conductor, DiOrio has conducted ensembles around the world, from the Houston Chamber Choir and Choral Arts Initiative in the USA to Allmänna Sången and Ars Veritas abroad. He has collaborated with many of today's leading composers and his repertoire spans the gamut of path-breaking works from the 20th and 21st centuries. 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), and his over 50 published works have appeared at major venues around the world including the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. DiOrio’s recent commissioning partners include the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble & Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, The Choral Arts Society of Washington, and “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band.

DiOrio currently serves as president of the National Collegiate Choral Organization and as chair of ACDA's National Standing Committee on Composition Initiatives. DiOrio earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the Yale School of Music, as well as the MMA and MM in conducting from Yale and the BM in composition from Ithaca College.

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