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, though some students begin study as young as age eight. A curriculum shaped by the philosophy of the School’s founders 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. Additionally there are opportunities for students of all levels to participate as soloists or ensemble members in Diller-Quaile Youth Opera, where participants are coached and mentored by experienced performers and stage directors.


Diller-Quaile Youth Opera


Diller-Quaile Youth Opera provides a comprehensive experience in the preparation and performance of opera for school-age singers. Students rehearse and perform solos, scenes, and choruses from Baroque through Contemporary operas and staged works, with an emphasis on works specifically composed for young singers. Weekly rehearsals with a musical coach and a stage director focus on musical style, language, diction, character development, and stagecraft, leading to a performance at the end of the season. An important aspect of Diller-Quaile Youth Opera is that students have the opportunity to be mentored by and perform with professional singers. Repertoire assignments are based on age, level, and voice category. An audition is required.

FALL: September through December
Junior Division Wednesday 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Senior Division Wednesday 6:15-7:45 p.m.
WINTER: January through March
Junior Division Wednesday 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Senior Division Wednesday 6:15-7:45 p.m.


Repertoire Class

Advanced performers focus on the interpretation and performance of compositions from the standard repertoire. Students are coached on solo works and learn from observing the work of their peers. Repertoire Class provides a venue for students to perform each week and to discuss the various style periods and performance practices relevant to their repertoire. For singers, 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).

Repertoire Class Tuesday 7:00-8:00 p.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.


Class Voice 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.

Saturday 3:15-4:00 p.m. 10 weeks – September 15 through November 17 $505
Saturday 3:15-4:00 p.m. 9 weeks – December 1 through February 9 $460
Saturday 3:15-4:00 p.m. 11 weeks – February 23 through May 18 $560


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


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