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 4:35-5:20 p.m.

Young Children’s Chorus (Grades 1&2)

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


Piano Ensemble Class
Students participate in repertoire written for 4-hands, 6-hands, or 8-hands ensembles. This class provides an opportunity for pianists to study chamber music, exploring a range of repertoire from Baroque through Contemporary composers. Students learn strategies for sight-reading and how to work collaboratively. Ensembles perform in school concerts.

Beginner Saturday 11:00-11:45 a.m.
Intermediate Saturday 12:00-12:45 p.m.
Advanced Saturday 4:00-5:00 p.m.


Reading Orchestra
The Reading Orchestra is a first ensemble experience for early intermediate instrumental students. Players further develop reading and ensemble skills, learn to follow a conductor, and become acquainted with music of diverse periods.

Saturday 9:00-9:45 a.m.


Intermediate Orchestra
The Intermediate Orchestras are for intermediate to advanced players. These ensembles develop 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.
Intermediate Orchestra Saturday 4:00-5:00 p.m.


The Diller-Quaile Orchestra
The Diller-Quaile Orchestra provides advanced students a unique opportunity to perform with professional players who serve as coaches, as well as conservatory students who join the orchestra as part of the School’s orchestra mentor initiative.

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.

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


Chamber Music
Intermediate and advanced students explore score reading and ensemble playing in ensembles of two to eight players or singers, which meet weekly throughout the school year. Ensembles study a wide range of repertoire from the works of Baroque through Contemporary composers and are shaped according to level. Students may be required to audition for placement.


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