Instrumental & Vocal Department

The School’s ensembles provide students with a comprehensive experience performing music of various periods and genres. These groups meet weekly and perform in the School’s major concerts, including the Winter Ensembles Concert, Holiday Choral Concert, Winter Chamber Soirée, Spring Chamber Recital, and Spring Ensembles Concert.

Students may enroll in chorus as a weekly ensemble or as the musicianship component of their program. Through the study of choral literature of various periods and styles, students learn to follow a conductor and develop reading, ensemble, and performance skills as they prepare for concerts.

The Diller-Quaile Chorus (Grades 5-8)

Monday 4:40-5:40 p.m.

Intermediate Chorus (Grades 3-6)

Wednesday 4:30-5:15 p.m.

Young Children’s Chorus (Grades 1&2)

Wednesday 3:45-4:30 p.m.

String Ensemble
This intermediate orchestra is a first orchestra experience for intermediate string students. The ensemble develops strong reading skills, as students learn to follow a conductor and become acquainted with music of various periods and styles.

String Ensemble Monday 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The Diller-Quaile Orchestra
Advanced students may join The Diller-Quaile Orchestra. Repertoire is drawn from the standard literature and is also specially arranged for the group. Playing is on a highly polished level, with emphasis on nuance, phrasing, and sophisticated ensemble listening. Section coaches play along with the students, offering advice and practical suggestions on all aspects of orchestral playing. Sight-reading skills and ensemble collaboration are emphasized.

The Diller-Quaile Orchestra Monday 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Contemporary Ensemble
The Contemporary Ensemble focuses on works composed within the past fifty years, particularly those of composers currently at work in New York and throughout the United States. Repertoire is drawn from works composed specifically for the instrumentation and is also specially arranged for the group. The ensemble rehearses and performs contemporary classical and a variety of non-classical genres. Intermediate and advanced instrumentalists and singers may apply for enrollment in the Contemporary Ensemble.

Contemporary Ensemble Saturday 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Chamber Music
Intermediate and advanced students of any instrument or voice are invited to inquire about enrollment in Diller-Quaile’s chamber ensembles. Students explore score reading, the etiquette of chamber music, and ensemble skills in groups of two to five players or singers, which meet weekly throughout the school year. Ensembles explore a wide range of repertoire from the works of Baroque through Contemporary composers and are shaped according to age and level. The School will make an effort to place all interested students in an ensemble each year. Please note that ensembles change from year to year. Examples of possible ensembles include:

  • Piano Ensemble of 2 to 4 pianists
  • Piano Trio
  • String Trio or Quartet
  • Vocal Duo, Trio, or Quartet
  • Woodwind Quintet

To inquire about enrolling in lessons or classes for the 2013-2014 school year,
please contact 212-369-1484, ext. 26 or