The Adult Department welcomes all who are interested in individual instrument instruction, ensemble classes, and chamber music coachings and workshops. Beginners or experienced players will find a supportive environment for developing proficiency and confidence on their chosen instrument.

Individual instruction for beginning through advanced students is offered for the following instruments: piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, voice, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, recorder, saxophone, and guitar. Adult students may enroll in lessons of 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length for the full school year or on a per semester basis. All students interview with the instrument department head to ensure placement with the teacher best suited to their musical needs.

Diller-Quaile accompanists visit string, woodwind, and voice lessons regularly. Adult Department Recitals provide performance opportunities for interested students.

In addition to individual lessons, Diller-Quaile offers the Ensemble Class Program—Chamber Orchestra, Recorder Consort, Women’s Group Vocal Class; and the Chamber Music Program—Weekly Chamber Music Coachings and Weekend Chamber Music Workshops. Adult students may enroll in ensemble classes or chamber music coachings for the full school year or on a per semester basis. Weekend Chamber Music Workshops are held on select Sunday afternoons from October through April.

If you are interested in individual instruction and/or ensemble classes, please submit an application. The School will schedule an interview with students applying for individual instruction.

If you are interested in individual instruction, ensemble classes, and/or chamber music coachings and workshops, please submit an application. The School will schedule an interview with students applying for individual instruction.


Chamber Orchestra
The Chamber Orchestra provides an opportunity to enjoy the study and performance of repertoire for small orchestra from the early Baroque to late Romantic periods. Participants hone sight-reading skills and build ensemble while playing in a mutually supportive atmosphere. Repertoire is selected to suit players’ experience, focusing on beginning and intermediate levels.

Monday 8:00-9:00 p.m. Uli Speth, Instructor

Recorder Consort
A small ensemble experience, playing music from Renaissance to contemporary, with emphasis on original music for recorder ensemble. When possible there is one-on-a-part playing. Experience with soprano, alto, and tenor recorders is required, and a willingness to play bass recorder is encouraged. New participants will interview with the instructor.

Tuesday 6:30-8:30 p.m. Anita Randolfi, Instructor

Women’s Group Vocal Class
Participants enjoy the pleasures and rewards of singing beautiful choral music. Vocal technique, diction, and singing in harmony are emphasized. Seasoned singers, as well as those new to choral singing, are welcomed.

Wednesday 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Mary Thorne, Instructor


Weekly Chamber Music Coachings
Participants are placed in a well-matched trio or quartet and the ensemble receives weekly instruction by a coach. Groups are assigned based on players’ levels, experience, preferred rehearsal style, and schedules. Ensembles may elect to cover a vast amount of chamber music repertoire or study a single movement or piece in-depth. Ensembles have an opportunity to perform at the end of each semester. Pre-formed groups are welcomed. Placement is not guaranteed to all applicants.

Weekend Chamber Music Workshops
Held on five Sunday afternoons from October through April, the workshops provide adult musicians with opportunities to expand their musical repertoire, build musicianship, and refine chamber music skills. Participants play in small ensembles, ranging from trios to sextets, and each ensemble works with a coach. Groups are carefully assembled according to skill level, experience, and preferred rehearsal style. Music is sent to participants in advance. All instruments and levels welcomed. Participants may register for one or more workshops as they wish.

Deadline for registration is three weeks prior to the workshop date:

Sunday, October 20, 2013 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

If you have questions or would like additional information pertaining to the Chamber Music Program, please contact Elizabeth Glennon, Adult Chamber Music Program Director, at 212-369-1484, ext. 23 or

TUITION RATES 2013-2014 (15 WKS) (30 WKS)
30 minute lesson $1,000 $1,980
45 minute lesson $1,340 $2,680
60 minute lesson $1,790 $3,580
30 minute lesson and 1 class $1,525 $3,040
45 minute lesson and 1 class $1,885 $3,750
60 minute lesson and 1 class $2,235 $4,450
1 class $560 $1,120
2 classes $925 $1,850
3 classes $1,115 $2,230
Weekly Chamber Music Coachings $560 $1,120
Weekend Chamber Music Workshops (Each Workshop) $105


Please call 212-369-1484 for more information on Adult Programs, or email