Music

MUSIC

Welcome to the Music Department at Delbarton School! Please take the time to navigate through the sections of the music department page to find information about upcoming concerts, participation in our ensembles, private lessons, news stories, and information about our music faculty.

At Delbarton School we are extremely proud of the quality and diversity of our Music Program and Performing ensembles. There are a wide variety of ensembles designed to invite beginners to get involved and to challenge even the most serious minded music student. All of our programs and ensembles are designed to be positive experiences which will nurture the development of young musicians, and foster a lifelong love of music. Several of our performing ensembles are open to musicians from surrounding schools. We are always excited to have new musicians join us year to year and share their talents with our student body.

As a community we also strive to come together to enjoy each performance making us better consumers of music and showing our appreciation and support for the hard work of each student musician.

We hope to see you all performing on the stage or enjoying the artistry from the seats in the audience!

Upcoming Events


Men’s Choral Festival

Delbarton is very happy to host this gathering of fantastic Men’s Choirs this year. The Delbarton School Schola Cantorum with be joined by choirs from Bergen Catholic, Don Bosco, Seton Hall Prep, and St. Peter’s Prep, and we are very pleased that the Rutgers University Glee Club under the direction of Dr. Patrick Gardner will perform with us as well. Each choir will perform their own individual program, and at the end of the night all the choirs will sing together under the direction of Dr. Gardner. Please spread the word and bring some friends as this is certain to be an incredible night of beautiful music!

Tickets are available for purchase here. Tickets prices are $6 – Student/ $12 - Adult admission. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Delbarton Arts Council.

Ensembles

Abbey Orchestra

MS. NORMA DAVIS – DIRECTOR

The Abbey Orchestra numbers some seventy players including both Delbarton students and community musicians. The group performs works from all corners of the traditional repertoire at four concerts each year. Recent repertoire includes: Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony, and Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait”. The Abbey Orchestra is open to students in all grades as well as community members by audition.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium

Schola Cantorum

MR. DAVID BLAZIER – DIRECTOR

The premier vocal ensemble at Delbarton School, Schola Cantorum pursues an active concert schedule throughout the school year performing alone and with choirs from other schools. This men’s choir also provides music for the school liturgies throughout the year. In recent years, Schola Cantorum has toured and performed in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Italy. Open to Delbarton students in all grades and no prior singing experience is necessary, as the Latin name of the ensemble implies it is the "school of singing".

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

Tuesdays 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM, and Thursdays 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM in the Fine Arts Center - Room F171

Brass Ensemble

Mr. Gregory Devine - Director

The Delbarton Brass Ensemble consists of trumpet players, trombonists, tuba players and all other brass instrumentalists. The group performs a repertoire that ranges from the ancient to the modern and gives concerts throughout the year. Open to Delbarton students in all grades.


Rehearsal Schedule:

Wednesdays 5:00 - 5:45 PM in the Fine Arts Center - Instrumental Rehearsal Room

Wind Ensemble

MR. Gregory Devine – DIRECTOR

Delbarton’s “Concert Band.” The Wind Ensemble performs music of all types from transcriptions of works by Bach to Broadway medleys to Sousa marches to Percy Grainger songs. The group presents four concerts throughout the year. Open to Students in all grades. This ensemble is open to participants from other schools. Students with limited or no experience on their instruments who wish to join should speak with Mr. Devine regarding placement in the ensemble.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:00 PM in the Fine Arts Center - Instrumental Rehearsal Room

Benedictones

Jacob Ullman '16, John Paciga '18 – co-Directors

This small a cappella ensemble follows in the collegiate performance tradition with arrangements of popular music, barbershop harmonies, and jazz standards. Open to Delbarton students in all grades by audition.


Rehearsal Schedule:

Tuesdays 4:00 - 4:45 PM, and Thursdays 7:00 - 8:00 PM in the Fine Arts Center - Room F17

Woodwind Ensemble

Mr. John Di Egidio– Director

The Delbarton Clarinet Ensemble is well respected for the precision and dynamism of its playing. The clarinet ensemble plays music from the classical period to modern compositions and popular music. Numbering about ten performers, the group gives concerts throughout the year. Open to students in all grades.


Rehearsal Schedule:

September and October Rehearsals rehearsals are TBA.

Jazz Ensemble

Mr. Gregory Devine – Director

The Delbarton Jazz Ensemble is a traditional Big Band of approximately 16 pieces. The group performs the works of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thad Jones and other great composers of jazz. Open to Delbarton students in all grades by audition.

Rehearsal Schedule:

Tuesdays 5:30 - 7:30 PM in the Fine Arts Center - Instrumental Rehearsal Room

Percussion Ensemble

Ms. Celine Fitzpatrick – Director

The Delbarton Percussion Ensemble numbers approximately 15 musicians who perform on a wide variety of percussion instruments. In addition to students who identify themselves as “percussionists”, the ensemble includes musicians who have experience with other instruments and have transferred their knowledge to include percussion instruments. The group performs several times throughout the year. Open to Delbarton students in all grades.


Rehearsal Schedule:

Mondays 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM in the Fine Arts Center - Room F069

Winter Musical Pit Band

Mr. David Blazier – Director

Each year we bring together an incredible pit band to play the musical score for the Winter Musical Production. This is a unique experience to play challenging music in a short time frame. Student musicians are supplemented with professionals from the area who have experience playing countless shows and some have played shows on Broadway. Instrumental parts are distributed in the beginning of December and rehearsals occur in January. If you are interested in being a part of this approach Mr. Blazier as soon as possible to reserve your spot!

Young Abbey Orchestra

MS. SAMANTHA TOMBLIN – DIRECTOR

The Young Abbey Orchestra caters to younger string players who seek to expand their musical experiences. The group gives four concerts each year. Open to students in all grades as well as outside community members.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

Thursdays 7 - 8 PM in the Fine Arts Center - Instrumental Rehearsal Room

Rock Band Club

Mr. Dan Pieraccini – Director

The Rock Band Club is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists who are interested in learning more about playing and performing this style of music. This club usually meets once a week afterschool to rehearse and has performed in the past at theater productions and coffeehouse gigs. Open to Delbarton students in all grades.

Rehearsal Schedule:

Rehearsal is every Thursday afternoon from 2:35pm to 3:45pm in the band room.

Private Study

Private study is a critical part of any young musician’s development. We strongly encourage each of our musicians to study with a private teacher to further the student’s musical development, increase individual confidence, and experience the discipline necessary to achieve excellence in his art. This one-on-one mentoring relationship is an extremely important teaching tool to show a student what it means to be a musician. Private teachers are available most days after school and into the evenings.


Private Instruction offered in:

  • Voice
  • Piano
  • Organ
  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Drum Set

  • Percussion
  • Trumpet
  • Clarinet
  • Saxiphone
  • Violin





If you have questions or are seeking a recommendation for a private teacher for your child, please inquire with Mr. Blazier or speak to your child’s ensemble director.


Lesson Tuition

  • 30 minute lesson = $35/ lesson
  • 45 minute lesson = $50 / lesson
  • 60 minute lesson = $70 / lesson
  • *Some instructors may have a different fee structure. Please discuss scheduling, payment, and rates with the private teacher prior to beginning lessons.

    Lesson billing is handled by the Delbarton School business office, and families will receive a monthly bill for lessons. As a courtesy please contact your private instructor more than 24 hours in advance of a missed lesson. If a student regularly misses a scheduled lesson the student may have to sacrifice his lesson time to another student.

    We never want financial need to be a reason for a student not participating in the music program or studying privately. There are scholarships funds in place for families who express a need. Contact Mr. David Blazier to find out more about these opportunities.

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    Faculty

    David Blazier

    David Blazier

    Music Department Chairperson, Music Teacher, Musical Theater Director, Choral Director

    Carole Bradley

    Adjunct Faculty, Music Librarian, Private violin teacher, Orchestra Manager
    Matt Corica

    Matt Corica

    Music Teacher, Drama Director, Musical Theater Director, Lacrosse Coach

    Norma Davis

    Adjunct Faculty, Abbey Orchestra Director
    Gregory Devine

    Gregory Devine

    Science Teacher, Engineering Club Moderator, Jazz Ensemble Director, Wind Ensemble Director, Brass Ensemble Director

    John DiEgidio

    Adjunct Faculty, Woodwind Ensemble Director, Private clarinet and saxophone teacher

    Celine Fitzpatrick

    Adjunct Faculty, Percussion Ensemble Director

    Jerry Forderhase

    Adjunct Faculty, Vocal teacher, Schola Cantorum, Private voice teacher
    Chris Hatcher

    Chris Hatcher

    Adjunct Faculty, Abbey Organist
    Dan Pieraccini

    Dan Pieraccini

    English Teacher, Italian Language Teacher, Director of Global Programs, Italian Club Moderator, Rock Band Moderator, Guitar Club Moderator

    Samantha Tomblin

    Adjunct Faculty, Young Abbey Orchestra Director

    Prudence Weidemann

    Adjunct Faculty, Flute Ensemble Director
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