Music

MUSIC

Welcome to the Music Department! Here, you'll 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 that 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 our artistry from the seats in the audience!

Upcoming Events

All students and families interested in participating in the performing arts are encouraged to join us for the opening picnic and first rehearsal on Tuesday 9/3 at 5:00 PM.  This is a great way for returning students and new members of the community to meet one another and learn about the various programs we have.  Instrumentalists are asked to bring their instruments to the picnic and stay for the first rehearsal of the season!  More information about the programs and the picnic can be found here.  All interested students (new and returning) are asked to register online by Aug 30th.  Good luck everyone on the first day of classes and we look forward to seeing and hearing you in the rehearsal rooms!

Ensembles

Abbey Orchestra

MS. NORMA DAVIS, DIRECTOR

The Abbey Orchestra numbers some seventy players, including both Delbarton students and community musicians. The orchestra 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.  A placement audition is held for new members.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

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

Arma Lucis

Mr. CHRISTOPHER HATCHER, DIRECTOr

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

Rehearsal Schedule

Thursdays 7:00 PM -7:45 PM in the Fine Arts Center, Room F171

Benedictones

Mr. david Blazier, director

This is a smaller auditioned vocal group focusing on a cappella vocal music from pop, jazz, rock, and barbershop influences. This ensemble is geared towards more experienced singers capable of reading music well and singing confidently without accompaniment.  Students in this ensemble are also encouraged to study, write, and prepare arrangements in order to teach and direct them with the ensemble.

Rehearsal Schedule

Tuesdays 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM, and Thursdays 7:00 PM - 8:00 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 PM - 5:45 PM in the Fine Arts Center, Instrumental Rehearsal Room

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

Percussion Ensemble

Ms. Celine Fitzpatrick, Director

The Delbarton Percussion Ensemble numbers approximately 12 musicians who perform on a wide variety of percussion instruments. In addition to experienced percussionists, musicians who have played other instruments, especially the piano are welcome.  This can be a great opportunity for students who have no musical experience if they are willing to take private percussion lessons.  The Ensemble performs at the Instrumental Concerts throughout the year.


Rehearsal Schedule:

Mondays 5:30 PM – 7:30 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 2:35 PM to 3:45 PM in the Instrumental Rehearsal Room.

Schola Cantorum

MR. DAVID BLAZIER, DIRECTOR

The chorus at Delbarton School pursues an active concert schedule throughout the school year performing alone and with choirs from other schools. In addition to seasonal concerts, the Schola Cantorum performs at school liturgies, and other campus events. The Schola Cantorum is intended to provide new singers all they need to discover their voice and grow in their ability as well as challenge and inspire our advanced singers.  Repertoire for this ensemble includes sacred and secular music in a variety of styles, historical periods, and languages.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

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

Wind Ensemble

MR. John DiEgidio, DIRECTOR

The Delbarton Wind Ensemble performs varied music from the Wind Band Repertoire.  Selections are meant to challenge, educate, and inspire our musicians.  This ensemble is a wonderful mix of Delbarton students, surrounding schools and musicians from the community.  The ensemble presents four concerts throughout the year and is open to all students 7th grade and beyond.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Tuesdays 6:30 PM- 8:00 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!

Woodwind Ensemble

Mr. John DiEgidio, Director

The Delbarton Woodwind Ensemble performs various repertoire from the Woodwind Quintet, and Saxophone Quartet Repertoire. Open to flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Saxophone students.

Rehearsal Schedule

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

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 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the Fine Arts Center, Instrumental Rehearsal 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
  • Saxophone
  • 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

Performing Arts Chairperson, Choral Director, Musical Theater Director, Private Voice & Piano Instructor
Matthew Corica

Matthew Corica

Music Teacher, Drama Director, Musical Theater Director, JV Lacrosse Coach
Norma Davis

Norma Davis

Abbey Orchestra Director, Private Violin & Viola Instructor
John DiEgidio

John DiEgidio

Adjunct Faculty, Woodwind Ensemble Director, Wind Ensemble Director, Private Clarinet & Saxophone Instructor
Nathan Eklund

Nathan Eklund

Private Brass Instructor, Jazz Band Director, Brass Ensemble Director
Celine Fitzpatrick

Celine Fitzpatrick

Private Percussion Instructor, Percussion Ensemble Director
Chris Hatcher

Chris Hatcher

Adjunct Faculty, Abbey Organist, Arma Lucis Director
George Lebrenz

George Lebrenz

Theater Technical Director
Dan Pieraccini

Dan Pieraccini

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

Samantha Tomblin

Young Abbey Orchestra Director