Alumnus Returns to Honor Director at
High School graduate feels he received the best of both worlds,
being able to study math and also being accepted into the prestigious Master
“I was very fortunate to have been in the Master Chorale and to study
under Chorale Director Dianne
Brumley,” Delgado said. “She really showed me that she believed
in me by giving me a leadership position as one of the bass section leaders,
even though I wasn’t a music major.”
Now in his second year of teaching math at San Benito High School,
Delgado says he carries what he learned from Brumley with him into the classroom
“I try to keep her in mind every time I am struggling –
and not only when I’m struggling, but that’s when she comes to mind the most,”
he said. “I try to think of her positivity and her spirit and her drive, and I
just try to embody that and channel it toward my
Although he thought he had sung his last note with the Master Chorale
when he graduated in December 2010, Delgado will return to the stage of
Center, along with current chorale vocalists and chorale alumni
to sing at Brumley’s farewell performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14 in
The Arts Center.
“This last concert that signifies her retirement from UTB will be a
tearjerker for most of us,” he said. “We shared some great times with Mrs.
Brumley, and being back under her direction will bring back fond
Among those memories is the Chorale’s trip
to Italy during Spring Break of 2009, where the students sang
during high mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican as well as in several
cities throughout the country.
Chorale singing at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.
Italy gave Delgado a taste of travelling in Europe, and he plans to
visit Spain during the last month of the summer.
The first two months of his summer, however, will be devoted to study,
attending classes at Harvard University.
“I am a role model for my three nephews and two nieces as well as all
my students,” he said. “This program will help me prepare my San Benito High
School students for college-level coursework and their future careers by
utilizing instruction of the highest quality.”
Upon completion, Delgado will have earned a Master of Liberal Arts in
Mathematics for Teaching, and will be qualified to teach dual enrollment
Aside from summer classes at Harvard, the program requires online
coursework throughout the school year.
Delgado said the program is demanding and designed with high
expectations, but he feels it will be worth it in the long run. Furthermore, he
said he learned about living up to lofty expectations from
“I place high expectations upon my students,” he said. “I want my
students to do well; I want them to know that no matter where they’re coming
from or what their home life is, there is a promising future ahead of them. I
try to stay positive and be my students’ cheerleader, just like Mrs. Brumley was
At the April 14 concert, the
Master Chorale Alumni Chorus will join current Master Chorale students during
the second half of the performance. For ticket information, call 882-7025 or