2014 National Choral Honors Project
Dianne Brumley is The University of Texas at Brownsville Director Emeritus
of Choral Studies. She was appointed in 2003 and was the first person to
hold the position of Director of Choral Studies at the University.
Brumley was the founding conductor of the acclaimed University Master
Chorale. During her ten-year tenure at UTB, the Master Chorale was
selected to perform at the 2011 Texas Music Educators Association
Convention and toured internationally. The Master Chorale performed
memorable concerts in Dublin¹s Saint Patrick¹s Cathedral for the opening
of the St. Patrick¹s Festival in 2007, in the Vatican¹s Saint Peter¹s
Basilica for High Mass in 2009 and for numerous South Texas audiences.
Brumley is a frequent guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator
throughout Texas and the United States. Currently, Brumley works as a
choral music education and choral conducting consultant. She is a
passionate advocate for music in public schools and universities and
mentors numerous choral directors.
In 2011, Brumley was honored by the Texas Choral Directors Association, as
recipient of the prestigious Texas Choral Excellence Award. Other civic
and professional awards include Distinguished Graduate from the School of
Music at Southwest Texas State University, the Charles B. Feldman Arts
Award, and the AAUW Outstanding Women of Achievement Award. Brumley has
also been named by Texas State University a Woman of Note and was among
one hundred women honored at the dedication of the university¹s permanent
exhibit of Southwest Texas Women: The First Hundred Years.
Brumley served for 20 years as the founding Conductor and Artistic
Director of the South Texas Chorale and Festival Orchestra. Before coming
to the University of Texas at Brownsville, Brumley was a successful music
teacher in the public schools at the elementary, junior high, and high
school levels and, also, served as a public school fine arts
administrator. Choirs under her direction have won numerous competitions
and awards and were selected for honor performances at TMEA conventions,
ACDA regional and national conventions and a featured performance at the
TCDA convention. Brumley served as Vice-President of TCDA and as National
Chairperson for Women¹s Choruses for ACDA. Additionally, she has served
in numerous regional and state capacities with TMEA and UIL.
Married to Allan Brumley, the Brumleys now make their home in the Texas
Hill Country near San Antonio. The Brumleys have one son, Reagan Brumley,
Director of Instrumental Music at Highland Park High School in Dallas. His
wife, Cayce Harness -Brumley, is a physician specializing in Pulmonary /
Critical Care at Parkland Medical Center. Reagan and Cayce have one
daughter, Scarlett, soon to be three-years-old.