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saturday, october 15 2022


Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia

The Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia and artistic director Dominick DiOrio present a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's Magnificat and Reena Esmail's This Love Between Us as the opening concert of their 149th season. Featuring composer Reena Esmail and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia with soloists Vikram Mukherjee, tabla, and Snehesh Nag, sitar. Find out more at

sunday, october 16 2022

The Emmanuel Choir @ 10:30a

The Emmanuel Choir - Christian Lane, director

Christian Lane and The Emmanuel Choir perform my work, Ode to Purcell as part of their Sunday morning service.

tuesday, november 1 2022



NOTUS and director Dominick DiOrio perform Alfred Schnittke's Requiem, a major work of the late 20th-century, featuring instrumentalists from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, including new IU faculty member and Professor of Practice in Organ Jeffrey Smith.

about dominick

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Dominick DiOrio is a conductor and composer who has won widespread acclaim for his contributions to American music. He has been recognized with The American Prizes in both Choral Composition (2014) and Choral Performance (2019, with NOTUS). In July 2020, he became the 14th Artistic Director & Conductor of the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia.

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. A strong advocate for new music, he has collaborated with Paquito D’Rivera, Melissa Dunphy, Tawnie Olson, Caroline Shaw, Moira Smiley, Christopher Theofanidis, and the late Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström. Committed to diversity, inclusion, and representation in artistic programming, DiOrio proudly programs works that reflect the diversity of our world.

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 over 50 published works have appeared at major venues around the world including the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. He writes music for singers and players of all ages and experiences, and his recent commissioning partners include the Children’s Chorus of Washington, the Worcester Youth Orchestras, The Choral Arts Society of Washington, and “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band.

Since 2012, he has been a member of the faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he serves as Professor of Music (Choral Conducting) and leads the select, new music chamber chorus NOTUS, 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.

DiOrio recently completed a term as president of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. He holds 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.


31 march 2022
The Inside Story: Dominick DiOrio and FETTER & AIR

Today, Dominick is our featured artist in “The Inside Story,” a blog series exploring the inner workings and personalities of our composers and performers. Read on to learn how his love for cooking influences his creative process, and how his latest release stands out from his other repertoire…

13 may 2022
REVIEW: Dominick DiOrio, Fetter & Air

A very daring effort, the composer Dominick DiOrio employs the many voices of the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia for the 562 audio files and 61 chorus members that explore hopes, dreams, fears and desires.

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Fetter & Air Release with Navona Records
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An emotional and collaborative tour de force, Dominick DiOrio’s FETTER & AIR presents the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia’s own words set to a haunting soundscape that explores each member’s innermost hopes, fears, dreams, and desires. The massive undertaking is a skillful combination of 562 audio files comprising spoken word and singing by 61 chorus members, combined into a single piece by DiOrio and sound designer Justin “JG” Geller. The personal thoughts and interweaving arrangements create a raw expressiveness and intimacy, ultimately rendering a reminder of how our own stories echo within us.

Release date: January 28, 2022. Learn more and listen here.

World Premiere Virtual Release: Moira Smiley "Wire You Here"
Wire You Here

Released today, August 6, 2020: the world premiere recording and virtual release of Wire You Here by singer, composer, song-collector, and IU alumnus Moira Smiley. Recorded individually during the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the work focuses on the spoken words of thirteen Indiana University students as they create art and share their anxieties and hopes in a time of disconnection and upheaval. Featuring NOTUS and produced by Moira Smiley, IU Jacobs School faculty members Dominick DiOrio and D. James Tagg, and video designer Samantha Dowd. Watch the video.

Appointment as 14th Artistic Director & Conductor of Mendelssohn Club Chorus of Philadelphia
Dominick DiOrio

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.


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