Dianne Brumley

Dianne Brumley

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University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley (emerita)

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Dianne Brumley is Director of Choral Music Studies and Professor of Music Education, Emerita at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley - Brownsville. 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 UTRGV, the Master Chorale was selected to perform at the 2011 Texas Music Educators Association Convention and toured internationally. Brumley also served for 20 years as the founding Conductor and Artistic Director of the South Texas Chorale and Orchestra. 

Brumley is a frequent guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator and motivational speaker throughout Texas and the United States.  Currently, she serves 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. Many of her former students are now successful choral music educators. 

In 2018, Brumley was honored by the Texas Choral Directors Association as recipient of the prestigious Texas Choirmaster Award. In 2011, she was also honored by the Texas Choral Directors Association as recipient of the Texas Choral Excellence Award. Other civic and professional awards include Distinguished Graduate from the School of Music at 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 university’s permanent exhibit of Southwest Texas Women: The First Hundred Years. 

Before her time with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Brumley was a successful choral music educator in 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 Texas Music Educators Association conventions, American Choral Directors Association regional and national conventions and a featured performance at the Texas Choral Directors Association convention. Brumley served as Vice-President of Texas Choral Directors Association and as National Chairperson for Women’s Choruses for American Choral Directors Association. Additionally, she has served in numerous regional and state capacities with Texas Music Educators Association and Texas University Interscholastic League.