The Parents Association, Chaired by Vanessa Shuster-Raizberg, supports Diller-Quaile's mission and music programs by fostering a sense of community among families and facilitating communications between parents, caregivers, and the School. The organization also provides an important base of volunteers who share their talents and resources with Diller-Quaile. We encourage everyone to volunteer by completing the online Parents Association Questionnaire.
Overview of Volunteer Opportunities
Class Representative – Early Childhood Classes: This full-year leadership role serves as a liaison between the Parents Association and fellow class families. Class Representatives help foster a sense of community within the School by keeping classmates informed of School events–either by phone, email, or in person–and encouraging parents to participate in School functions. The Class Rep also assists with fundraising efforts. There may be one or two representatives per class.
Team Leader – Instrumental and Vocal Parents only: This full-year leadership role serves as a liaison between the Parents Association and the Instrumental and Vocal families. Team Leaders help foster a sense of community within the departments by keeping families informed of Instrumental and Vocal concerts and events–either by phone, email, or in person–and encouraging families to participate in School functions.
Host / Welcoming Committee: Diller-Quaile strives to provide a welcoming community for families through numerous events, concerts, and parties. These adult gatherings take place at School and off-site. If you would like to offer a home or access to an entertainment venue to be used for welcoming, cultivation, or fundraising events, please contact the Director of Development at 212-369-1484, ext. 29.
Catering Committee: This committee donates baked goods (no nuts please), fruit, and beverages for events throughout the year. Events include Early Childhood Parties; Instrumental and Vocal Playing Parties and Concerts; the Holiday Sings; Master Classes; and Faculty Concerts.
Annual Gala: Diller-Quaile's annual fundraising event supports in-school, community, and scholarship programs. Planning for the Gala begins in the Fall. Gala volunteers are needed for the following: Auction Committee, Yearbook Committee, Decorations/Gift Bags Committee, Individual Underwriting (guest artist, printing, journal sponsorship, etc.), Celebrity/Host Procurement, Corporate Sponsorship/Advertising, Gifts-in-kind (wine, flowers, invitations, gift bag items, etc.), and Auction donations.
Fall Party-in-the-Park: Volunteers are needed to help plan this afternoon family gathering featuring arts & crafts, a sing-along, and light refreshments in Central Park (free-of-charge).
Family Concert-In-The-Park: Volunteers are needed to help plan an afternoon gathering of children, parents, and caregivers featuring a sing-along in Central Park (free-of-charge).
Spooky Halloween Concert at Diller-Quaile: Volunteers are needed to set up, decorate, gift bag items and check in.
Grandparents and Special Friends Week: This is the dedicated week at Diller-Quaile in which grandparents and special friends are invited to the School to enjoy classes. Volunteers are needed to help with invitations, welcoming visitors, and assisting with the hospitality room.
Holiday Sings: The two Holiday Sings are very popular, festive sing-alongs in the Diller-Quaile Performance Space for enrolled families and teachers. Volunteers are needed to help with decorations, gift bag items, and check-in.
Please contact Marissa Curry, Director of the Early Childhood Department at 212-369-1484, ext. 40 with any questions.
Thank you for volunteering!