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22 January 2021

Beautiful a cappella sacred choral music from Ars Veritas and Schola Cantorum

by Ken Meltzer (Fanfare)

In truth, the contemporary works are very much in the spirit of their predecessors. It is true that such techniques as syncopation, and, in the Petersson Tempest adest floridum, the injection of spoken text, are distinguishing features in the modern compositions. And I have to confess that at the conclusion of DiOrio’s Verbum caro factum est, the repeated exhortations to the Virgin Mary (“Maria!”), made me think of Tony in West Side Story. But I chalk that reaction up to what my voice teacher once pointedly and good-naturedly described as my “very active mind.”

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31 December 2020

Holiday Concerts in Review: 6 shows that went on despite the pandemic

by Henrik Eger (

... for this Christmas concert, Dunphy used a mixture of American jazz and dream choirs, sung magnificently by the newly named Mendelssohn Chorus. My fear that I would hear atonal music that I usually only can stomach when performed by modern ballet dancers dissipated within seconds: This music made me want not only to eat more pies, but more importantly listen to sounds that made me feel at home, but also lyrics that made me think. ...

It was the first time that I saw the brilliant new conductor, Dominick DiOrio, wearing a festive red jacket, conducting over 70 singers, and the three musicians—Eric Schweingruber on the trumpet, Nathan Pence on bass, and Travis Goffredo on drums—leading to one of the most joyful holiday choral experiences.

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25 November 2020

A lovely blend of old and new choral music

by Henry Fogel (Fanfare)

The two works by Patriksson and the other modern works, Richard Burchard’s Creator alme siderum and Dominick DiOrio’s Verbum caro factum est, provide harmonic and stylistic differences from the older pieces, but their roots are planted in that style, so the contrast is not jarring. The Petersson and DiOrio were commissioned for this joint project. I found DiOrio’s piece singularly exciting.

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07 August 2020

Behind the Music with St. John Flynn: Episode 54 - Dominick DiOrio

by St. John Flynn (Houston Chamber Choir - With One Accord)

Arts and culture expert St. John Flynn chats with conductor, composer and educator Dominick DiOrio! Deemed a "triple threat", Dominick is a former member, guest composer and guest conductor of the Houston Chamber Choir!

Watch or listen to this episode here as Dominick recalls his wonderful adventure with the Houston Chamber Choir, including his commissioned work that was later featured in our album Soft Blink of Amber Light, and as he shares his passion for music and teaching. After the episode, indulge in Dominick's favorite songs by listening to his playlist!

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01 March 2020

The Road Home - "Beautiful renditions of devotional American choral music"

by Henry Fogel (Fanfare)

In much of the music the composers and arrangers display a considerable degree of harmonic imagination, and the perfect intonation of Willow Consort is an essential ingredient in clarifying the harmonies employed. Equally impressive is the ensemble’s ability to sing in hushed tones without losing tonal body (the opening of Dominick DiOrio’s “I Am” is a good example).

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13 December 2019

Seraphic Fire brings joy and gravitas to Christmas program

by David Fleshler (South Florida Classical Review)

Of the contemporary selections, “Woods in Winter” by the American composer Dominick DiOrio, was among the strongest, with  a striking opening of ethereal harmonies in female voices, as the men sang the words. The work took surprising harmonic turns and led to pianissimo processions of harmonies, sung by the choir with almost preternatural richness and balance.

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15 November 2019

Review: NOTUS CD "Of Radiance & Refraction"

by David Katz (The American Prize)

Sandström--beautifully self-contained and carefully controlled, rich, blended ensemble sound. ...

Gibson--gorgeous music, with elegantly woven electronics that twinkle as the stars do. A chorus as one voice, woven together with artistry and constant care.

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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