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