Jack Delmore
Jack Delmore, Professor of Music, has been instrumental to the growth and development of CMU's music department.


Delmore retires after 24 years of service

Jack Delmore, DMA, Professor of Music, recently retired following more than 24 years of service to Colorado Mesa University. As Director of Voice, Vocal Performance and Opera, Delmore has been instrumental in building the vocal program at CMU.

Delmore began his career at (then) Mesa State College in January of 1992, having recently finished his DMA at the University of Arizona/Tucson in Performance and Conducting. The position initially covered both Music and Musical Theatre with all the academic and performance requirements of both departments. In recent years, Delmore has concentrated on opera and vocal performance in his role in the Department of Music as Mesa State evolved into Colorado Mesa University.


What was your first musical production at Colorado Mesa?

Delmore: My first role in a production at Mesa was as Musical Director, Vocal Coach and Pit Conductor of Cabaret, which was directed by David Cox. I remember that the pit band was EXCELLENT and I found out later that Paul Schneider had pull lots of strings with his colleagues and former students to hire the strongest players available—especially so that I would have a great ensemble for my first show here. That was very thoughtful of him and is indicative of the strong spirit of teamwork at Mesa that I have been lucky to fall into. It was a joy to conduct that powerful ensemble.


What have been some of your favorite productions to work on over the years?

Delmore: There were so many that were a joy! I love Gilbert & Sullivan operettas and got to direct many here—The Pirates of Penzance twice (1994 & 2013), and The Mikado, with what was perhaps the most stunning set by David Cox and spectacular Japanese costumes by Heather Waggoner. Jesus Christ Superstar was a fantastic dream show with myself as Director, Brian Vernon as Choreographer, Calvin Hofer as Pit Orchestra Conductor, and with a very strong, energized cast who ROCKED it! I also directed productions of My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Assassins. I am very proud to say that many of the students in these shows are working professionally across the nation and here in Grand Junction. 


What have been your proudest accomplishments in the Department of Music and in the community?

Delmore: Getting [Mozart’s] The Magic Flute produced was a great moment not just for me but for the music and theatre departments and for our university. It was a fullscale opera requiring a large ensemble, orchestra, talented performers and lots of special effects, due to the fantastical storyline. It was a huge challenge and directing it was probably my proudest production moment.

My long time collaboration with all of my music and voice colleagues has helped all of our areas and departments grow.  My colleagues have been a joy to work with—so supportive and talented. We have worked well together and have accomplished so much. In particular Carol Ann Niles, Jan Drazek, Monte Atkinson and I were a formidable quartet, and our combined efforts were very impressive. I'm perhaps most proud of helping to prepare almost 50 vocal performance majors for their Senior Vocal Recitals. Hours of thought go into selecting the most fitting repertoire, as well as intense preparation and careful, concentrated coaching, all leading students to THE musical moment of their undergraduate careers. Those 50 recital programs are among my proudest achievements and memories here at CMU. I remember a famous quote by the great Australian soprano, Dame Nellie Melba: "The eternal task of song can never be finished in a single lifetime. That is the beauty and fascination of the art." This sums up perfectly the passion that goes into performing and teaching.


What comes next?

Delmore: I haven't had the free time to do much but figure out the crucial first steps of entering retirement, but I would like to continue private voice teaching, and I hope to do some adjunct voice instruction here at CMU next year. I would like to travel so if anyone has a smaller mobile home up for sale in good condition do give me a shout! I'm looking for a deal!

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