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Roundtable: Modern Choral Composition and Commissioning


Dominick DiOrio, Renowned Guest Composer in Residence at Smith College for Premiere of New Major Choral Work


Northampton, MA—Dominick DiOrio, composer and conductor, will be in residence at Smith College on November 14 and 15 for the premiere of his new choral work for women's voices. While on campus, he will lead masterclasses with the music department's conducting and composition students and serve as the featured panelist for the Modern Choral Composition & Commissioning Roundtable.

Joseph Baldwin, curator of the project and Iva Dee Hiatt Distinguished Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Smith, says "Dominick is one of the leading choral artists of modern times. I'm grateful he will join us at Smith for final rehearsals and the first performance of his magnificent new work. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to commission and collaborate with a living composer. We believe 'Leave My Heart Its Songs' to be a new masterpiece for the choral canon." Based on Amy Lowell's sonnet "To a friend" from A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass, "Leave My Heart Its Songs" is scored for SSA Chorus, 2 violins, viola, and piano.

The Modern Choral Composition & Commissioning Roundtable will be held Friday, November 14, at 4 pm in Earle Recital Hall, Sage Hall, Smith College. Dominick will be joined by prominent area composers Lewis Spratlan, Ron Perera, Eric Sawyer, Greg Brown, and Clifton J. Noble, who will also offer their insights on the creation of new choral music; the event will be moderated by Baldwin and Smith composer and assistant professor of music Kate Soper.


The work's premiere will be held during Autumn Serenade, the annual fall choral concert featuring the Smith College Choirs and special guests, the Children's Chorus of Springfield—Saturday, November 15, at 8 pm in Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College. Baldwin will conduct the premiere performance with the Smith College Chorus.


Both events are free and open to the public.


DiOrio is assistant professor of choral conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he directs NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. He was recently named the 2014 winner of The American Prize in Composition (professional choral division) with the judges saying "his depth of vision, mastery of compositional technique, and unique style set him in a category by himself."


More information about Autumn Serenade.


Roundtable AT A GLANCE

Friday, November 14     4:00PM          

Earle Recital Hall, Smith College

Free and open to the public



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