Founding General Director of the Michigan Opera Theatre in 1971. He was also the founding Artistic Director of the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts.
He received his Master's degree in Composition from UCLA. He studied abroad in Italy as a Fulbright scholar. While in Italy, he researched the unpublished manuscripts of 18th-century opera.
His articles were published in Ricordi's "Enciclopedia Della Musica," "Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians," and "Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart" by Bärenreiter.
His parents were Italian immigrants. He fathered two daughters with his wife Karen VanderKloot DiChiera.
He collaborated with opera singer Joan Sutherland.