Appointment as 14th Artistic Director & Conductor of Mendelssohn Club Chorus of Philadelphia
On April 1, 2020, Mendelssohn Club Chorus of Philadelphia (MCC) -- one of the most historic choral organizations in the country, now in its 146th season -- announced my appointment at their 14th Artistic Director & Conductor, effective July 1. Read the full press release or visit their website to learn more. In the press release, I describe the new partnership as based on mutual values which are “grounded in an artistic vision that is aspirational, adventurous, and collaborative. ... Together, we will start a new chapter in our collective journey, one in which the music we sing is sung not only because of its greatness or beauty, but also because of its potential to touch our listeners’ hearts, to comment on our collective stories, and to reach out to those in isolation, welcoming them into a greater song of hope, a wider circle of belonging.”
USMB releases "Anthems" featuring DiOrio commissioned work
"The President's Own" United States Marine Band (Col. Jason Fettig, director) has released their latest album, "Anthems," which features the world premiere recording of Silent Moves the Symphony True, commissioned and premiered jointly by the USMB and the Choral Arts Society of Washington (Scott Tucker, artistic director). Listen to the recording or read the liner notes for this freely distributed educational recording.
NOTUS wins The American Prize in Choral Performance
"A chorus as one voice, woven together with artistry and constant care." - David Katz, chief judge
NOTUS has been named the winner of The American Prize in Choral Performance in the college/university division for 2018-2019. Consisting of 30 students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and conducted by Dominick DiOrio, NOTUS shares this year's distinction of co-winner with the Westminster Kantorei and conductor Amanda Quist. The American Prize is a national non-profit competition in the performing arts that is designed to evaluate, recognize and reward the best performers, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. View the press release.
NOTUS @ WSCM 2020
I am thrilled to announce that NOTUS has been selected to perform at the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland, New Zealand in July 2020. An invitation to perform at this gathering -- known as the "Olympics" of choral music -- is one of the highest honors a chorus can receive. NOTUS is one of only 24 choirs selected out of a global pool that included 179 choirs from 44 countries. Read more here.