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Fetter & Air Release with Navona Records

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.

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tuesday, february 15 2022

What Is Ours: Music for an America in Progress

NOTUS, Dominick DiOrio

In July 2020, NOTUS was to have travelled to the 12th World Symposium on Chora Music in Auckland, New Zealand... but the universe had other plans. Here is a program planned for then but updated for now, as America wrestles with its own multifarious history and intersections of cultural voices of today. Featuring Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate's Visions of a Child: A Pueblo Lullaby, Carlos Cordero's Ayúdame, Andrea Ramsey's Stomp on the Fire, Reena Esmail's Tuttarana, Joel Thompson's America Will Be!, and the live world premieres of Moira Smiley's Wire You Here and Dominick DiOrio's A Chain is Broken (with a commissioned original poem by Iranian American poet Khashayar Tonekaboni). Also featuring conductors Peter Kadeli and Alex Koppel.

thursday, march 17 2022

OUR STORY IS NOT OVER

Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia - Dominick DiOrio

We grieve, we process, we begin to rebuild

Loss moves from pain into healing. Oppression moves from pain into resilience and power. Anguish moves from pain into hope. In March, we bring together music and poetry for a program of resilience, hope, and affirmation to take us beyond our current state to a new vision of being and belonging.

Featuring GRAMMY Award Winning baritone soloist Dashon Burton in both art song and choral music interwoven with poetry by Elizabeth Scanlon. Also featuring music of Reena Esmail, Dale Trumbore, Joel Thompson, and a world premiere by Philadelphia composer Melissa Dunphy. Plus… excerpts of major works by Paul Moravec (Sanctuary Road) and Ralph Vaughan Williams (Five Mystical Songs), and also featuring my original works Walking to the Sun and Let Us Plant Our Gardens Now. Learn more and purchase tickets.

saturday, march 19 2022

OUR STORY IS NOT OVER

Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia - Dominick DiOrio

We grieve, we process, we begin to rebuild

Loss moves from pain into healing. Oppression moves from pain into resilience and power. Anguish moves from pain into hope. In March, we bring together music and poetry for a program of resilience, hope, and affirmation to take us beyond our current state to a new vision of being and belonging.

Featuring GRAMMY Award Winning baritone soloist Dashon Burton in both art song and choral music interwoven with poetry by Elizabeth Scanlon. Also featuring music of Reena Esmail, Dale Trumbore, Joel Thompson, and a world premiere by Philadelphia composer Melissa Dunphy. Plus… excerpts of major works by Paul Moravec (Sanctuary Road) and Ralph Vaughan Williams (Five Mystical Songs), and also featuring my original works Walking to the Sun and Let Us Plant Our Gardens Now. Learn more and purchase tickets.

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 choral conducting faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he 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 currently serves 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.

press

13 december 2021
Seraphic Fire offers spiritual solemnity and discerning choices in annual Christmas program

"... the work by the contemporary American composer Dominick DiOrio evocatively expressed the traditional conception of the season’s weather, with high soprano tones that sounded like the sunlight shining through bare branches and aggressive notes that captured the cold wind’s bite."

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Fetter & Air Release with Navona Records
Fetter & Air Album Cover

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
Anthems

"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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