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Nuts and bolts discussions on the business and practical aspects of being a composer in the 21st century, with host Dennis Tobenski.
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Jul 26, 2016

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:
<ul>
<li>Wearing the dual hats of conductor and composer</li>
<li>How performative pursuits can inform your writing, and vice versa</li>
<li>Common score review practices for choral conductors</li>
<li>Composers who have (or don’t have) a vocal sensibility</li>
<li>Adjudicating competitions, and what disqualifies many entries in the first round</li>
<li>Recording requirements in competitions</li>
<li>The evolution of choral music in the US, and its effect on choral writing</li>
<li>The affinity toward new music in the choral world</li>
<li>Operatic vocal technique as the primary style taught to voice majors</li>
<li>Self-conscious composition</li>
<li>Giving students compositional tools without pushing them into a particular style</li>
<li>Submitting works to conductors and ensembles</li>
</ul>

<strong>Links:</strong>
<a href="http://www.dominickdiorio.com/" target="_blank">Dominick DiOrio</a>
<a href="http://music.indiana.edu/departments/ensembles/cve/index.shtml" target="_blank">NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble</a>
<a href="http://www.graphitepublishing.com/" target="_blank">Graphite Press</a>

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