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Welcome to the Duke University String School!

The Duke University String School is a string education program that offers private lessons, group classes, large string ensembles, chamber music, theory classes and more for students age 5-18.

 

If you are interested in joining the String School, register here:
Contact Katharine.Whitmore@duke.edu for more information!
 

The Duke University String School is financially committed to helping families in the community who would not be able to participate otherwise.  We are grateful for all contributions, no matter the size, to the Dorothy Kitchen Scholarship Fund.

Erica Shirts

New Director for the Duke University String School!


Jane Hawkins, on behalf of the Duke University String School Director Search Committee: Eric Pritchard, Jane Hawkins, Scott Laird, Jonathan Bagg writes:


It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Erica Shirts as Director of the Duke University String School. Director Shirts' appointment will begin on August 1, 2015. Erica brings to this position her deep knowledge of early string education, her extensive leadership experience and a forward looking perspective (a short biographical sketch of Erica is included below).


The Duke University String School Director Search Committee would like to express our deep gratitude to Stephanie Swisher for her leadership during the transition year. Stephanie's considerable experience as a teacher and administrator have served the DUSS admirably these past months and we look forward to her continued involvement with the school and the invaluable help we know she'll offer the new Director.


Of course, we can't make this announcement without mentioning the leadership provided by the Duke University String School's founder, Mrs. Dorothy Kitchen; without Dorothy's vision and determination this next step in the life of the school would not be possible. Dorothy and Erica have already met as have Stephanie and Erica so you can be assured the running of the School during this transition time will be smooth.


You can expect to hear from Erica quite soon and the DUSS faculty and the Search Committee are looking forward to introducing Erica at Orientation in the Fall.


You may read Erica's bio here.

Summer Private Lessons and Summer Camp Registration are closed.


Registration for the Fall Semester Opens July 29th.


Auditions for Fall Semester will take place on August 27th and 29th

Our Fall Semester begins the week of September 5, 2016.  Orchestra rehearsals begin September 10th.  There are no rehearsals and classes on November 26th. The Fall Semester ends December 10.

Spring Semester begins the week of January 9, 2017 and orchestra rehearsals begin January 14.  No rehearsals and  classes on April 16th.  The Spring Semester ends May 7.

Concerts Dates:

Fall Semester, 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 4 PM:  Beginner Groups and Violin/Cello Choirs, Nelson Music Room

Sunday, November 13, 2016, 6:30 PM: YS, CSO, ISO, Baldwin Auditorium

Saturday, December 10th, 2016, 3,4,5,7, PM: Solo Recitals, Nelson Music Room

Monday, December 12, 7 PM,  Chamber Music:  Nelson Music Room.

 

Spring Semester 2017

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 4 PM:  Beginner  Groups and Violin/Cello Choirs, Nelson Music Room

Sunday, March 5, 2017, 6:30 PM: YS, CSO, ISO,  Baldwin Auditorium

Saturday, March 18th, 2017, 3,4,5,7 PM: Solo Recitals, Nelson Music Room

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7 PM: Chamber Music,  Nelson Music Room

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 4 PM: Beginner  Groups and Violin/Cello Choirs,  Nelson Music Room

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 6:30 PM: YS, CSO, ISO,  Baldwin Auditorium

 

Other Important Dates:

DUSS Faculty Recital: Saturday, October 22, 2016, 5 PM, Nelson Music Room

Concerto Competition: Saturday, November 5 2016, 2 - 5 PM

 

Questions? Please email Katharine Whitmore: