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Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2006 15:57:31 -0700
Chicago Sun-Times Drops Music Staff Post
By Susan Elliott
May 30, 2006
Wynne Delacoma, staff music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times,
is to retire next month, following Daniel Barenboim's final
concert as music director of the Chicago Symphony, on June 17.
The Sun-Times will eliminate her position altogether and use
only free-lance writers. Delacoma's career with the Sun-Times
began in 1982, as a free-lance writer. She joined the staff
full time in 1990, first as a features writer and, in 1991, as
classical music critic. An adjunct faculty member at Northwestern
University's Medill School of Journalism, where she teaches a
graduate course in arts reporting and criticism, Delacoma was
the dance and backup music critic for the Milwaukee Journal from
1980-82, before it merged with the Milwaukee Sentinel.
The Chicago native holds a master's degree in music history and
literature from Northwestern University, and a BS in journalism
from Milwaukee's Marquette University. Delacoma will remain in
Chicago, where she will continue to teach and, she says, remain
active in the classical music field.
She says she did not consider that her position might not be
filled when she took an early retirement buyout offer. Her
husband will remain with the newspaper, where he is a sports
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