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07 March 2017

Review: NOTUS, orchestra provide powerful concert

by Peter Jacobi (Herald Times)

Programs prepared by Dominick DiOrio for NOTUS Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, the chamber chorus he directs, are always fascinating and beautifully prepared. Sunday afternoon’s concert, titled “O, Fallen Star, Depictions of Death in Air and String,” proved no exception and drew a large audience to Auer Hall.

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27 February 2017

From Many Voices, Perfect Harmony

by Phlippa Kiraly (City Arts Online / Seattle)

Zander Fick’s soft, contemplative “Die Onse Vader” (The Lord’s Prayer) in Afrikaans, rising in volume and affirmation toward the end, was followed by Dominick DiOrio’s soothing “Peace I leave with you.” Both were for full choir, as were Bruckner’s “Os Justi” and several works by Seattle’s late Bern Herbolsheimer.

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26 January 2017

Salem High School renovations take center stage: new performing arts center opens

by Doug Ireland (The Eagle Tribune)

For more than a year, Salem High School has been a virtual construction zone as cranes have knocked down walls to make way for a state-of-the-art educational facility. A 50-year-old building has been transformed into a modern, vibrant school. The $75 million project is expected to conclude in fall 2018. The community can check out the progress during an open house Saturday. The highlight will be the opening of the Seifert Performing Arts Center, according to Superintendent Michael Delahanty and principal Tracy Collyer.

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23 January 2017

Review: conductor sets poets' words to music

by Peter Jacobi (Herald Times)

I was intrigued by this particular written thought from DiOrio in his program notes: “Where a great author can, in a few smartly chosen adjectives and adverbs, etch the complexity of human thought, so too is it the responsibility of the composer to choose the sounds that will give the poet’s words dimension and substance.” From what I’ve now heard of his compositions, I believe DiOrio has mastered that obligation. I heard an evening of music influenced, sometimes inspired, by the words he’d chosen to set.

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01 December 2016

CD REVIEW: soft blink of amber light

by Shirley Ratcliffe (Choir & Organ)

Five Stars. This disc contains works by five very gifted American composers performed by the extremely talented Houston Chamber Choir under founder-director Robert Simpson. ... Dominick DiOrio's A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass, with a virtuosic part for marimba player Scott Simpson, provides a triumphant ending to a very interesting programme.

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05 November 2016

Dominick DiOrio: Innovation in Composition

by Project Jumpstart, Indiana University (Project Jumpstart Entrepreneur of the Month (Nov 2016))

This month, Project Jumpstart interviews Dr. Dominick DiOrio, composer and associate professor of choral conducting at the Jacobs School of Music.

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01 November 2016

Composing the Cold Email

by Dale Trumbore (MusicSpoke)

There are three stages to sending a successful “cold email.” Research the ensemble before you start; send a polite, brief message; and follow up months (or years) later. Here are a few tips at each stage, including advice from conductors who regularly receive unsolicited emails from composers. Follow them, and you set yourself up for collaboration, not rejection.

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On A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass...

The Houston Chamber Choir premiered Dominick DiOrio's "A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass", a four movement robust choral virtuosic showcase inspired by the imagist poetry of turn-of-the-century Nobel Laureate Amy Lowell. When he said that he had written for a professional choir who could do just about anything, he wasn't kidding."

-- Joel Luks, CultureMap

On Alleluia...

I personally remain suspicious when perusing any copy of new music with the title "Alleluia" after Randall Thompson as it is hard to say more than he did, strictly in the choral idiom, so long ago. That being said, I too can evolve and Dominick DiOrio has crafted a thrilling new treatment worthy of attention and praise."

-- Sean Burton, Iowa ACDA Summer Symposium

On "Stabat mater dolorosa..."...

DiOrio’s setting is highly effective, in a lucid modern idiom, with Near’s sweet tone well conveying the placid denial of brutal reality... The Ave Maria is one of the most striking modern settings we have heard, and was our favorite bit of music for the evening.

-- Vance R. Koven, Boston Musical Intelligencer

On Klytemnestra: the original subversive female...

Dominick’s music has a dramatic complexity and depth that really resonates with me. Klytemnestra’s music has an interwoven quality – web-like, veiled, cyclical, a masterful interplay between the parts. The music is deeply psychological and reflective of a Greek heroine.

-- Misha Penton, artistic director of Divergence Vocal Theater, courtesy of Sequenza21 and Chris Becker