Adjunct Faculty, Music
Andrea R. DiOrio is among Chicago’s most sought-after clarinetists. DiOrio has performed in more than 15 operas with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Additionally, she has performed with numerous local orchestras, including the Grant Park, Elgin, Quad Cities, Illinois Philharmonic, Elmhurst and South Bend Symphony Orchestras.
As a chamber musician, she is the Director of Operations and clarinetist of Picosa, a Chicago-based chamber ensemble consisting of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and composer-in-residence. Picosa is committed to performing virtuosic chamber music while showcasing Chicago composers and rising musicians. DiOrio is a former member of the MAVerick Ensemble, where she also served as Artistic Administrator. With MAVerick, she participated in dozens of world premieres. She has performed for 98.7 WFMT Chicago with Picosa, the Lyric Opera Orchestra, Grant Park Festival Orchestra and MAVerick Ensemble.
DiOrio has been recognized as a top pedagogue as well. In 2014, DiOrio’s presentations on the topic of “A New Twist on Clarinet Methods” were presented to the Illinois Music Educator’s Association State Conference and as a webinar for the National Association for Music Education Learning Network. She is also director of the Illinois Summer Youth Music Pre-College Clarinet Camp at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
DiOrio earned a master’s degree in performance from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s in performance, with honors, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. DiOrio studied with J. David Harris, Charlene Zimmerman, Russell Dagon and John Bruce Yeh. She and her husband, Tony, live in Naperville with their little girl, Penelope, and dog, Sousa.