According to MusicalAmerica.com, Delacoma joined the paper as a freelance writer in 1992. She became a full-time features writer in 1990. Previously, she had written for the Milwaukee Journal.
In her farewell column, Delacoma hails the creation of the Harris Theater in Millennium Park and the growth of Chicago Opera Theater. The Chicago Symphony is no longer "precision-tooled," as it was when she began her tenure at the end of the Georg Solti era, she writes, but it has "loosened up" under Daniel Barenboim.
Sun-Times editor John Barron told the Chicago Reader that the paper would not replace Delacoma, instead hiring "a handful of freelancers."
Delacoma is the third major critic to hang up the pen this season: Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe is retiring, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's R. M. Campbell has been reassigned.