Welcome! The Duke University String School, which was founded by Dorothy Kitchen and a member of the Ciompi Quartet, Arlene di Cecco, in 1967, has been part of Duke for forty-seven years. Our basic principle is that of teaching the love of good music, the devotion to the quality of one's own performance of that music, and a sense of integrity in one's work. We do this through the means of  teaching  the violin, viola, cello, and bass through private lessons, our chamber music, and through our orchestras. In recent years, we have also added the base of understanding of the form of music classes in theory.

 


The Fall 2014  Season begins August 30th and runs through December 14th.  Registration will open August 1st.

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Master Classes

Master Classes, given by guest artists such as the Ciompi Quartet, the Borromeo Quartet, and the Miro Quartet, are funded by the DUSS Scholarship fund.

Scholarship Assistance

We have scholarship assistance from the Eason Foundation and from the Robert B. Fearing Endowment for Chamber Music which has been established for the Duke String School by the Fearing Family through Duke University.

 

The Duke University String School is a non-profit organization under the auspices of Duke University.

 

DUSS on the air!  In late 2013 Mrs Kitchen was interviewed by Lee Anne McClymont for the WCOM FM "Courage Cocktail Radio Show". The following link is the entire show and includes soloists Julia Ilana and Greg Scurtu's solos from March 2013 and our orchestra playing a movement of Brahms #4. It's a beautiful tribute to our program. Click here for a special treat!

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    • Kitchen and students
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    • Master class with Ara Gregorian
    • Master class with Ara Gregorian
    • Master class with Ara Gregorian
    • Master class with Ara Gregorian

 Master Class  with Ara Gregorian and members of the Youth Symphony