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 full tuition scholarship to one High School Certificate Program student annually. Applications are due by Friday, May 8th, and auditions will take place Friday, May 22nd.

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.


Friday, May 22, 2015
Thursday, June 4, 2015
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.

Sample audition repertoire:

a movement from a Mozart, Haydn, or Beethoven Sonata

a movement from J.S. Bach Concerto in A Minor

a movement from Telemann Concerto in G Major

Squire Tarantella

Double Bass:
a movement from Dragonetti Concerto

a classical song in Italian, such as a selection from the Italian Anthology

a movement from Handel Sonata in G Major

a movement from a Handel Sonata

a movement from Weber Concertino

a study from Fernando Sor Twelve Studies for Guitar Op. 6

To inquire about enrolling in lessons or classes for the 2015-2016 school year,
please contact 212-369-1484, ext. 26 or


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View and download a 2015-2016 Application Form.