Instrumental & Vocal Department

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.


To inquire about enrolling in lessons or classes, please contact 212-369-1484, ext. 26 or


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