Applying for Instrumental or Voice Study

To enroll for the current 2017 spring semester, please contact the Instrumental and Vocal Department at 212-369-1484, extension 26, or and complete a PDF application.


Thursday, April 6 at 8:00 a.m.
Friday, May 5 at 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Attendance at an Information Session is the required first step in the application process for instrument or voice study. At these adult-only events, the School provides a detailed introduction to the department. An RSVP is not necessary.
  • Submit an application online or download an application.
  • Schedule an interview. At the interview, experienced students will play or sing one of their current pieces. A child new to study will have an opportunity to try an instrument, while together we assess readiness for study. At Diller-Quaile the emphasis is on tailoring programs for each student’s educational needs, from beginning to advanced players.

The High School Certificate Program

The High School Certificate Program is an intensive three-year program for advanced tenth through twelfth graders. 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 become active participants in their musical heritage. Students receive the High School Certificate upon completion of all program requirements. Admission is by audition.

Certificate Program students and applicants have the opportunity to audition for The Shirley Brown Lindsay Scholarship, which awards a scholarship to one High School Certificate Program student annually. Applications are due by Friday, May 19th, and auditions will take place Friday, June 2nd.

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 Junior and Senior Recitals.


Thursday, June 1, 2017
Friday, June 2, 2017
September Dates to be Announced

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, from different composers, historical periods, and styles. For voice students, one selection must be in English. 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.
  • 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).
  • The decision of the adjudicators is final.

Concerto Competition

Application Deadline: November 18, 2016
Auditions: Friday, December 9, 2016
Performance: May 15, 2017 with The Diller-Quaile Orchestra at the Spring Concert at Merkin Concert Hall

Students enrolled in advanced instrument or voice study may enter Diller-Quaile’s annual Concerto Competition . Students perform a complete concerto movement from memory before an adjudication committee of concert artists from outside the Diller-Quaile faculty. The winner will appear as a soloist with The Diller-Quaile Orchestra at the School’s annual Spring Concert.

Click here to download a Concerto Competition application. Applications are also available in Diller-Quaile’s front office.

Piano Department Recital

Application Deadline: Friday, October 14, 2016
Auditions: Friday, October 28, 2016 at Diller-Quaile
Performance: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at The Liederkranz Foundation (6 East 87th Street)

The School is pleased to announce the sixth annual Piano Department Recital. Performers are selected through auditions, which are open to Diller-Quaile piano students and piano chamber ensembles registered for the current school year. Auditions take place before a committee drawn from concert artists and music teachers outside the Diller-Quaile faculty. Students must perform two contrasting works or movements from memory.

Click here to download a Piano Department Recital application. Applications are also available in Diller-Quaile’s front office.