The Adult Department welcomes all who are interested in instrument instruction, ensemble classes, and chamber music coachings and workshops. Both beginners and experienced players and singers will find a supportive environment for developing proficiency and confidence on their chosen instrument. Diller-Quaile’s faculty are distinguished performers and expert and caring educators, who shape an individualized course of study for each student.

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, harp, and guitar. Diller-Quaile accompanists visit string, woodwind, and voice lessons regularly, and Adult Department Recitals provide performance opportunities for interested students.  In addition to individual lessons, Diller-Quaile offers the Ensemble Class Program and the Chamber Music Program. Weekend Chamber Music Workshops are held on select Sunday afternoons from September through May.

If you are interested in individual instruction and/or ensemble classes, please submit an application or apply online.

Please call 212-369-1484 or email to inquire about fall 2017 lesson packages.

All lesson students interview with the department head to ensure placement with the teacher best suited to their musical needs and skill level.




Camerata, a chamber orchestra for intermediate and advanced adult players, provides an opportunity to study and perform repertoire for small orchestra from Baroque through Contemporary periods. Participants hone ensemble and playing skills while rehearsing and performing in a mutually supportive atmosphere. The focus is on guiding participants to a high level of ensemble playing, led by a professional coaches from Diller-Quaile’s faculty. Camerata works in a time frame of five rehearsals leading to a performance, with repertoire announced in advance.

Fall 2018:

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Concert Saturday, October 27, 2018 6:00 p.m. (run-through at 5:00 p.m.)
Total Price 5 Rehearsals and 1 Performance $260

Spring 2019:

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Concert Saturday, April 27, 2019 6:00 p.m. (run-through at 5:00 p.m.)
Total Price 5 Rehearsals and 1 Performance $260


Small ensemble experiences, 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. The Recorder Consort and Recorder Class perform at Diller-Quaile each semester.

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


Adult Guitar Class
Adults new to guitar study learn guitar technique through the study of a variety of music styles in these small classes. Students have the opportunity to perform in concerts at the School.

Please contact the School at for more information.



Weekly Chamber Music Coachings
Participants are placed in a well-matched trio, quartet or quintet, 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 each semester. Pre-formed groups are welcomed. Placement is not guaranteed to all applicants.

Weekend Chamber Music Workshops
Held on four Sunday afternoons from September through May, the workshops provide adult musicians with opportunities to expand their repertoire, build musicianship, and refine chamber music skills. Participants play in ensembles ranging from trios to octets, 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 two weeks in advance. All instruments and levels are welcomed. Participants may register for one or more workshops as they wish.

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

Sunday, September 23, 2018 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 18, 2018 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 3, 2019 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 10, 2019 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 19, 2019 1:00-5:00 p.m.


Register Now for Adult Chamber Workshops.

If you have questions or would like additional information pertaining to the Chamber Music Program, please contact Hubert Chen, Adult Chamber Music Program Director, at or contact the Diller-Quaile front office reception desk at 212-369-1484, ext. 10.



30 minute lesson $338 $676 $1,015 $2,030
45 minute lesson $455 $910 $1,365 $2,730
60 minute lesson $596 $1,193 $1,790 $3,580

1 class $640 $1,280
Weekly Chamber Music Coachings $640 $1,280
Weekend Chamber Music Workshops (Each Workshop) $130
Camerata (5 Rehearsals and 1 Performance) $260

Apply Now.


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