Today, IC’s ACDA chapter was extremely fortunate to have the chance to learn from alumnus Dominick DiOrio, in which he discussed his time at IC and all that came afterward. He began the workshop by sharing his experiences at IC as a composition major and lover of choral conducting. The Q&A-type discussion led by Dr. DiOrio was informative and uplifting, and we all walked away inspired by his passion for choral music.
Dr. DiOrio began by telling stories of being in Ithaca College’s Chorus with our advisor, Dr. Galvan, as his conductor, and how she fostered his love for choral music and conducting. He and Dr. Galvan shared with us their memories of working together at IC in Chorus and Conducting Class, and Dr. DiOrio discussed how those memories were formative in his career as a composer and conductor. He then discussed the importance of text when composing, where he finds inspiration, the importance of strong technique in conducting, and his experience as a member of IC’s chapter of ACDA.
We are very lucky to have had the opportunity to sit down and talk to Dr. DiOrio about his experience at IC and his life as a composer and conductor. The work he does in the choral community makes us very proud to go to Ithaca College.
-Leah Sperber, '20
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