Instrumental & Vocal Department

The High School Certificate Program is an intensive three-year program for advanced tenth through twelfth graders. Admission is by audition. The High School Certificate Program offers a rigorous and comprehensive music education for serious high school music students, which includes individual instruction, musicianship training, repertoire classes, large and small ensemble experiences, and performance. The School’s experienced and dedicated faculty motivate and guide students to develop their unique musical voice and to become active participants in their musical heritage. Students receive the High School Certificate upon completion of all program requirements.

Certificate students perform community outreach through performances at Diller-Quaile’s partner organizations, enriching the lives of young children through older adults. Performance highlights have included a concert of opera excerpts with the Diller-Quaile Orchestra and Certificate voice student soloists. A special concert featuring Certificate students is planned and organized by the senior class each year. Master classes and performance seminars with faculty and guest artists provide enriching learning opportunities, as students prepare for annual jury exams and solo Senior Recitals.


Friday, June 6, 2014
Saturday, June 7, 2014
September Dates to be Announced

All prospective students who wish to enroll in the High School Certificate Program must audition on their instrument and take a musicianship placement test. Students enter the program in the tenth grade, with auditions held in the spring of ninth grade or fall of tenth grade. Students should select repertoire that demonstrates their level of musical and technical proficiency. The School will provide an accompanist for singers. All other students who wish to play with accompaniment must provide their own pianist. The decision of the adjudicators is final.

Download an application or apply online.

To inquire further about the High School Certificate Program,
please contact 212-369-1484, ext. 26 or

The Audition:

  • Two contrasting pieces or movements. For voice students, one selection must be in English.
  • Two major and two minor scales and arpeggios in two octaves (woodwinds), three octaves (strings), or four octaves (piano).
  • All applicants will be asked to sight read at the audition.
  • All applicants are required to take a musicianship placement exam (theory, dictation, and sight-singing).

Sample audition repertoire:

Piano: a movement from a Mozart, Haydn, or Beethoven Sonata
Violin: a movement from J.S. Bach Concerto in A Minor
Viola: a movement from Telemann Concerto in G Major
Cello:   Squire Tarantella
Double Bass:   a movement from Dragonetti Concerto
Voice: a classical song in English or Italian, such as a selection from the Italian Anthology
Flute:   a movement from Handel Sonata in G Major
Oboe: a movement from a Handel Sonata
Clarinet: a movement from Weber Concertino
Guitar: a study from Fernando Sor Twelve Studies for Guitar Op. 6