College’s Professor DiOrio Named ‘Best Composer’ By Houston Press

Lone Star College Montgomery News

Published on: November 14, 2011 Lone Star College-Montgomery has the bestthe Best Composer that is, as Dominick DiOrio, director of choral activities and associate professor of music, has been named Best Composer by Houston Press. The nomination came in September in Houston Press annual Best of Houston list. This award was a total surprise to me since I didnt even know I was nominated, said DiOrio. Houston Press did a review of an opera I wrote, and I guess it came from that. Its a wonderful surprise. According to Houston Press website, DiOrio was nominated for his recent work with Divergence Vocal Theater (DVT) where he wrote the music for Klytemnestra, an opera based on Greek mythology that debuted in April.  The opera is told from the point of view of a Greek heroine waiting for her husband to return from the Trojan War, explained DiOrio. There were many people involved in the production, since it was the inaugural performance in DVTs new space, Divergence Music & Arts at Spring Street Studios. DiOrios work with DVT is just one of his many professional associations that is trickling its way down to the students at LSC-Montgomery. As a member of the Houston Chamber Choir, where he regularly serves as a guest conductor in both rehearsal and performance, DiOrio is able to bring to campus professional guest artists, which allows the students to see where they could be in five to 10 years. It excites them and inspires them to keep going, said DiOrio. Ill do anything I can to help them keep the end goal in sight. Our students are some of the most talented Ive seen, and they are getting a very good musical education here at the college. And as a student himself, DiOrio should know.  After three years of study, DiOrio recently completed his doctor of musical arts degree from the Yale …

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