Instrumental & Vocal Department

Diller-Quaile offers a program of voice study for the beginning singer through the advanced high school student. Students generally begin study at age ten or older in individual or group instruction, though boys may sometimes begin study as young as age eight. A curriculum shaped by the philosophy of Angela Diller and traditional vocal pedagogies informs an approach that assures teaching tailored to the needs of the individual student, with a strong emphasis on healthy vocal technique, confident solo performing, fluent music reading, and skillful ensemble participation. Repertoire and study materials are shaped to the individual student’s interest and level.

The typical program for a beginning student is comprised of an Individual Lesson and a Musicianship Class. As students advance, they participate in Repertoire Class, Chorus, and Chamber Music. In addition to the many performing opportunities the School offers, the Voice Department gathers several times each year for Liederabends – informal gatherings where voice students of all levels of experience perform for each other.


Vocal Repertoire Class
Advanced teenagers participate in this weekly class, focusing on the interpretation and performance of compositions from the standard repertoire. Students are coached on solo works and learn from observing and participating in the work of their peers. This class provides a venue for students to perform each week and to discuss the various style periods and performance practices relevant to their repertoire. The class also includes experience with Italian, French, and German diction and translation of song texts, as well as the use of IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet).

Vocal Repertoire Class Tuesday 5:00-6:00 p.m.


Vocal Class Instruction for Beginners
These small classes provide an introduction to study in an engaging and supportive group setting. Students learn the fundamentals of first-year study, including instrument technique and music reading. Classes explore a variety of music styles through group and solo playing or singing and participate in Diller-Quaile concerts. Teachers facilitate the transition to individual study in the second year.

Voice Wednesday 5:15-6:00 p.m.
Voice Thursday 5:15-6:00 p.m.
Voice Saturday 10:15-11:00 a.m.


Boys Vocal Class
The Boys Vocal Class focuses on the study and performance of solo and ensemble repertoire written specifically for the unchanged boy’s voice, as well as works traditionally performed by boy singers. Class members build a foundation of vocal technique with an emphasis on posture, breath, tone production, and diction. Sight-reading and ensemble listening supports the development of critical musicianship skills. Members of the class perform in Diller-Quaile concerts throughout the year.

Boys Vocal Class Thursday 4:45-5:30 p.m.


Young Children’s Chorus

Grades 1&2 Wednesday 3:45-4:30 p.m.

Intermediate Chorus

Grades 3-6 Wednesday 4:35-5:20 p.m.

The Diller-Quaile Chorus (audition required)

Grades 5-8 Monday 4:40-5:40 p.m.

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