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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.  

We currently have openings for new beginner cello students, as well as cello students with 1 or more years of experience with the instrument both for private lessons and group classes.  
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.


Congratulations to the 2015/16 Concerto and Solo Competition winners!

Concerto Competition winners:
- Spencer Adler, Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1, in E flat major, mov’t 1
- Sean Li, Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, mov’t 1

Honorable Mentions:
- Julia Gao, Sibelius Violin Concerto, mov’t 1
- Silvia Knappe, Vitalli Chaconne
- Ana Sofia Uzsoy, Mozart Oboe Concerto No. 1, mov’t 1

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 Registration is open!

Our Summer Camp Registration is open!

Our Fall Semester begins the week of September 5, 2016.  Orchestra rehearsals begin September 10, 2016.




Questions? Please email Katharine Whitmore:  

Concerts: 2015 - 2016 Season

All orchestra concerts (YS, CSO, ISO) are held in Baldwin Auditorium.

Sunday, October 11, 2015, 7pm

Sunday, December 6, 2015, 6:30pm

Sunday, March 13, 2016, 6:30pm

Sunday, May 1, 2016, 6:30pm

All Beginner Groups and Choir concerts (Beginner Violin, Beginner Cello, Violin Choir I, Violin Choir II, Cello I + II) are held in the Nelson Music Room.

Sunday, October 11, 2015, 3pm

Saturday, December 5, 2015, 7pm

Saturday, March 12, 2016, 4pm

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 4pm


Chamber Music Concerts are held in the Nelson Music Room:

Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 7pm

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016, 7pm

Solo Recitals
Monday, December 14th, Nelson Music Room
5pm, 6pm, and 7pm

Tuesday, December 15th, Biddle Music Building, Room 101
5pm, 6pm, and 7pm

Tuesday, March 15th, Nelson Music Room
5pm and 6pm

Saturday, March 19th, Nelson Music Room
4pm, 5pm, and 7pm