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.
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.
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.”
"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.
"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.
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.
Halina Goldberg and I sit down to talk about Krzysztof Penderecki's visit to Indiana University and the circumstances behind his honorary doctorate and invitation to conduct his monumental St. Luke Passion with the IU ensembles. The Through the Gates podcast episode 69 is hosted by Janae Cummings. Listen here.
The University of Illinois Sesquicentennial celebrations include a major new commission: Gathering for chorus, wind symphony, soprano and baritone. The work will be premiered in Chicago, New York City, and Urbana in the Spring of 2018 with the UI Chamber Singers, UI Wind Symphony, vocal artists Nathan Gunn, R. Todd Payne, and Yvonne Gonzales Redman, and conductors Stephen Peterson and Andrew Megill. Read more about the work here.
It is with much excitement that I announce the release of NOTUS: Of Radiance & Refraction with Innova Recordings. Available September 28, 2018, this album includes five world premiere recordings of commissioned works by composers Sven-David Sandström, Claude Baker, Aaron Travers, John Gibson, and myself. It also features a performance of Stravinsky's Trois pièces by the Zorá String Quartet, grand-prize winners of the Fischoff Competition. Major audio engineering work by D. James Tagg. Visual design by Jennie Moser. Click here for a preview track from John Gibson's In Flight, for chorus and electronics, featuring soprano Kellie Motter.
The November / December issue of Choir & Organ gives five stars to soft blink of amber light, the recently released album by Houston Chamber Choir and Robert Simpson. Calling the composers on the album "very gifted," reviewer Shirley Ratcliffe also says that my work A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass "provides a triumphant ending to a very interesting programme." Read more here.