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

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 has included: Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony, and Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony. This orchestra sets itself apart from many by the ambitious repertoire they perform, and the hardworking, talented, and sensitive musicians involved in the program.

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. Nathan Eklund - 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:

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

Wind Ensemble

MR. John DiEgidio – 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. DiEdgidio and Mr. Blazier regarding placement in the ensemble.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

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

Benedictones

Mr. Blazier - Moderator

This small a cappella ensemble is a chance for students to direct a vocal ensemble very much in the collegiate a cappella tradition. The ensemble performs arrangements of popular music, barbershop…..etc

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 Woodwind Ensemble is well respected for the precision and dynamism of its playing. This ensemble plays music from the classical period to modern compositions and popular music. This smaller ensemble gives student musicians a chamber music experience and more individualized instruction. The Woodwind Ensemble gives concerts throughout the year. Open to students in all grades.

Rehearsal Schedule:

Schedule: Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:15 PM in the Fine Arts Center room 171

Jazz Ensemble

Mr. Nathan Eklund – 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:

Wednesdays 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 - Instrumental Rehearsal Room

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. Ms. Tomblin challenges these players to grow in technique and musicality while studying great music literature. 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 after school 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 Instrumental Rehearsal Room.

Arma Lucis

“Arma Lucis” is our Liturgical Music Ensemble focusing on healthy singing and the best of sacred choral music. This ensemble will study chant, canons, early music, a cappella and accompanied pieces while preparing for concerts, school masses, and occasional Sunday Liturgy at St. Mary’s Abbey.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

Thursdays 7:00 – 7:30 PM in FAC 171

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.

    Music News

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    Faculty

    David Blazier

    David Blazier

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

    Andrew Bodd

    Technical Director
    Matt Corica

    Matt Corica

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

    Norma Davis

    Adjunct Faculty, Abbey Orchestra Director

    John DiEgidio

    Adjunct Faculty, Woodwind Ensemble Director, Wind Ensemble Director

    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

    Samantha Tomblin

    Adjunct Faculty, Young Abbey Orchestra Director

    Prudence Weidemann

    Adjunct Faculty, Flute Ensemble Director
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