Ensembles

The School’s ensembles provide students with a comprehensive experience performing music of various periods and genres. These groups meet weekly and perform in the School’s major concerts, including the Winter Ensembles Concert, Holiday Choral Concert, Winter Chamber Soirée, Spring Chamber Recital, and Spring Ensembles Concert.


Chorus

Diller-Quaile's Choruses provide sequential study of choral literature for young voices and teach the fundamentals of vocal technique. Through choral repertoire spanning various periods and styles, students develop ensemble skills, sight-singing skills, comfort with score reading, and music literacy. Diller-Quaile choruses perform in the School’s large ensemble concerts each semester.

Young Children’s Chorus Grades 1&2 (#130) Wednesday 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Intermediate Chorus Grades 3-7 (#131) Wednesday 4:35-5:25 p.m.
The Diller-Quaile Chorus Grades 5-8 (#113) Monday 4:40-5:40 p.m.

Orchestras

Diller-Quaile’s orchestras provide ensemble and performance opportunities for intermediate through advanced players. The orchestras focus on the development of strong ensemble skills and reading, as students learn to follow a conductor and become acquainted with music of various periods and styles. All orchestras perform each semester at the School’s large ensemble concerts.

Advanced students audition for The Diller-Quaile Orchestra. Playing is on a highly polished level, with emphasis on stylistic nuance, phrasing, sight-reading, and sophisticated ensemble playing. Orchestra coaches play along with the students and conduct sectionals, offering advice and practical suggestions on all aspects of orchestral playing. Orchestra mentors rehearse and play alongside students in performance, providing students a glimpse at the work of the young professional musician.

Reading Orchestra Saturday 9:00-9:45 a.m.
Intermediate Orchestra Monday 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The Diller-Quaile Orchestra Monday 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Audition Required

The Diller-Quaile Youth Opera

FALL: September through December
WINTER: January through March


Audition Required. Repertoire assignments are based on age, level, and voice category. Students focus on musical style, language, diction, character development, and stagecraft with weekly rehearsals alongside a musical coach and stage director. Each session leads to a performance at the end of the season. Participants rehearse and perform solos, scenes, and choruses from Baroque through Contemporary operas and staged works, with an emphasis on works composed specifically for young singers.

Junior Division Wednesday 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Senior Division Wednesday 6:15-8:00 p.m.

 Chamber Music

Intermediate and advanced students explore score reading and ensemble playing in ensembles of two to eight players or singers, which meet weekly throughout the school year. Ensembles study a wide range of repertoire from the works of Baroque through Contemporary composers and are shaped according to level. Placement auditions are held in the spring for returning students and during interviews for new students.

Percussion Ensemble

The Percussion Ensemble rehearses and performs repertoire drawn from classical literature, folk, world musics, and various contemporary styles. Intermediate and advanced percussion students hone score reading and ensemble skills through work on a variety of percussion instruments, including marimba, timpani, auxiliary percussion, and various hand drums.
   
Monday 7:45-8:30 p.m.

 Improvisation Class

Intermediate and advanced students explore a range of contemporary classical and non-classical genres, including jazz, bluegrass, folk, rock, and funk. Through studying works from these styles, students develop Improvisation skills and techniques.

Piano Improvisation Monday 6:15-7:00 p.m.
String Improvisation Tuesday 6:00-6:45 p.m.

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