MPP 010: Choral Music with Dominick DiOrio

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Composer & conductor Dominick DiOrio is a supremely talented musician, and we have many friends in common who have raved about him to me over the years. He's a widely-respected choral conductor, and a huge champion of new music, so I've been interested in getting him on the show from the word "go".

We have a few audio issues at the beginning of the episode, but everything smooths out nicely after a few minutes, and we have a really wonderful chat.

In the course of our conversation, we talk about:

  • Wearing the dual hats of conductor and composer

  • How performative pursuits can inform your writing, and vice versa

  • Common score review practices for choral conductors

  • Composers who have (or don’t have) a vocal sensibility

  • Adjudicating competitions, and what disqualifies many entries in the first round

  • Recording requirements in competitions

  • The evolution of choral music in the US, and its effect on choral writing

  • The affinity toward new music in the choral world

  • Operatic vocal technique as the primary style taught to voice majors

  • Self-conscious composition

  • Giving students compositional tools without pushing them into a particular style

  • Submitting works to conductors and ensembles

Dominick DiOrio
NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
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56 episodes available. A new episode about every 7 days averaging 69 mins duration .