German mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz said that “Music is the pleasure the human soul experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.” If that is the case, then Michael DeMato’s transition from math major to music major makes perfect sense.
“I grew up doing a lot of music,” DeMato says. In addition to having music-oriented parents, the Queens, NY, native had played trumpet and piano as early as grade school. “Once I got to Loyola, there were so many chances to perform, and I enjoyed it. I figured I could try to make it a career.”
DeMato went on to major in music, graduating in 2006. He was the trumpet counselor and piano accompanist for Wyoming Seminary’s Performing Arts Institute that summer, but did not have any luck in searching for a permanent job in the music industry. He instead became a systems administrator for The Horizon Group and payroll assistant for Horizon Healthcare. DeMato didn’t give up on his dream, however; he instead enrolled in NYU in January of 2007 to earn a teaching degree, and recorded a CD with a band in the summer of 2008.
In January of 2008, he became the music director at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Bayside, NY. After graduating in May of 2010 with his master’s in education, he landed the position of Chorus Director and Assistant Band Director at Randolph-Macon Academy.
“This is pretty perfect,” he said. “I’m really excited. I wanted to start at the high school level.”
DeMato grew up as a rock ‘n’ roll fan, but his tastes expanded as he grew older. He is now a fan of most genres, including classical and jazz. The New York transplant even admitted that he is getting used to country.
When not in the classroom with the students, DeMato might be found playing with a rock band, running, playing racquetball, or composing his own music. He also enjoys spending time with his wife Margaret and their three young children.
- M.A., New York University
- B.A., Loyola College
- Courses: Digital Piano, Band, Chorus
- R-MA Mentor, "Mandatory Fun" band member