As revered music ensemble director Greg Devine takes a break from directing after 20 years of service, we welcome two new members to the Delbarton music staff...
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!
- Abbey Orchestra
- Schola Cantorum
- Brass Ensemble
- Wind Ensemble
- Woodwind Ensemble
- Jazz Ensemble
- Percussion Ensemble
- Winter Musical Pit Band
- Young Abbey Orchestra
- Rock Band Club
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.
Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium
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".
Tuesdays 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM, and Thursdays 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM in the Fine Arts Center - Room F171
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.
Tuesdays 5:00 - 5:45 PM in the Fine Arts Center - Instrumental Rehearsal Room
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.
Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:00 PM in the Fine Arts Center - Instrumental Rehearsal Room
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
Tuesdays 4:00 - 4:45 PM, and Thursdays 7:00 - 8:00 PM in the Fine Arts Center - Room F17
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.
Schedule: Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:15 PM in the Fine Arts Center room 171
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.
Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:30 PM in the Fine Arts Center - Instrumental Rehearsal Room
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.
Mondays 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM in the Fine Arts Center - Instrumental Rehearsal Room
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!
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.
Thursdays 7 - 8 PM in the Fine Arts Center - Instrumental Rehearsal Room
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 is every Thursday afternoon from 2:35pm to 3:45pm in the Instrumental Rehearsal Room.
Private Instruction offered in:
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.
*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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