Voice Program

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. 

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 singing and participate in Diller-Quaile concerts. Teachers facilitate the transition to individual study in the second year. Please see the preceding pages for schedules by instrument.

Beginners Saturdays 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Beginners Saturdays 3:15-4:00 p.m.

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The Diller-Quaile Youth Opera

FALL: September through December
WINTER: January through March

Diller-Quaile Youth Opera provides a unique opportunity for young singers to experience the preparation and performance of opera in a supportive setting. Students 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. Repertoire is customized for individual singers and the ensemble. 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.

Junior Division Wednesday 5:45-6:30 p.m.
Senior Division Wednesday 6:00-7:45 p.m.

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