The Duke University String School, which was founded by Dorothy Kitchen and Arlene di Cecco in 1967, has been part of Duke for forty-nine years. DUSS offers private lessons, group classes, chamber music, large ensemble opportunities, theory classes and special classes such as technique classes, Music Mindfulness, and Managing Performance Anxiety.
Our basic principle is that of teaching the love of music, the devotion to the quality of one's own performance of that music, and a sense of integrity in one's work. In DUSS, we strive for a high level of excellence while providing a supportive atmosphere for our students.
Under the Duke University String School (DUSS) Dorothy Kitchen Scholarship Fund, families may apply for scholarship assistance to participate in the opportunities offered through DUSS.
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.
A Newsletter will be produced twice a year, and distributed at the last concert of each semester.
Parents are reminded that they can send the Newsletter editor notices about music related activities for their children for the Newsletter's Fiddling Around column. Information can include music camps, awards, and recitals. For examples please check Newsletters posted on this web site. Parents can also send original pieces of writing by their children on the subject of music.
If you have information to add to the December Newsletter, please contact the director, Erica Shirts, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master Class with Ara Gregorian and members of the Youth Symphony