World Premiere Virtual Release: Moira Smiley "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
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.