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Welcome to the Duke University String School!

The Duke University String School is a pre-college music program that offers private lessons, group classes, large string ensembles, chamber music, theory classes and more for string 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!

DUSS Concerto Competition form now available!

Performance dates either March 13th or May 1st, 2016 with the Youth Symphony or Concert String Orchestra. 

All applications should be emailed to Erica Shirts by Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015.  Please find application HERE.

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.


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, 6pm and 7pm

Friday, Marcy 18th, Nelson Music Room
5pm, 6pm, and 7pm



Erica Shirts is interviewed on WCPE's Preview Show:


Our Fall Semester has begun!

Fall Semester: August 24 - December 16, 2015. (No rehearsals and classes week of November 23, 2015)
Spring Semester: January 11 - May 1st, 2016.  (No rehearsals and classes March 26, 2016)
DUSS Ensemble Rehearsal Times:

Beginner Violin Group, Wednesday, 6:00 -7:00 pm; Rm 101

Beginner Cello Group, Wednesday, 6:00-7:00; Rm 102

Saturday Ensembles and Classes:

Violin Choir I (formerly Beginner I),11:15 - 12:15, Rm 086

Violin Choir II (formerly Beginner II),10:00- 11:00, Rm 086

Cello Choir I and II, 10:00 - 11:00, Room 101

Intermediate String Orchestra (formerly Intermediate I) 8:45 - 10:00, Bone Hall

Concert String Orchestra (formerly Intermediate II) 12:30- 1:45, Bone Hall

Youth Symphony Saturday, 10:15 -12:15, Bone Hall

Youth Symphony Rotating Sectionals: 9-10am, 041

Music Theory I, 9:15 - 10:05, Room 069

Music Theory II, 10:15 - 11:05, Room 069





Questions? Please email Katharine Whitmore: