DCC Covid Coaching
DCC: DUSS Ciompi Quartet Collaborative
Mr. Sam Hammond
J. Samuel Hammond
ISO Covid rehearsal
Intermediate String Orchestra during COVID
2021 Concerto Competition Winner
Concerto Competition
Youth Symphony lower strings.
Youth Symphony

Welcome to the Duke University
String School!

DUSS students perform in Baldwin Auditorium

In residence on Duke’s beautiful campus, the Duke University String School is a string education program for students aged 5-18 who commit to their instrument through practice, weekly lessons, and ensemble instruction.  Dedicated to excellence, we provide students with clear goals for advancement while fostering a love for music and opportunities for lasting friendships.

Since its founding in 1967 by Mrs. Dorothy Kitchen and Mrs. Arlene DiCecco, DUSS has a 50-year tradition of facilitating access to music education for any child.  The Duke University String School is committed to being accessible to any student, regardless of financial status, who is passionate about music and interested in a program fostering excellence in a supportive atmosphere.


Join us for a workshop with on music written in the 20th century with Dr. Isoa Chapman on Saturday, April 8 from 2:00-3:30 in Room 101. Within the… read more about New Music Workshop with Dr. Isoa Chapman »

Our advanced chamber groups participating in the DUSS-Ciompi Quartet Collaborative have been busy this semester performing for the Forest at Duke… read more about DCC Chamber Groups Perform in the Community »

Congratulations to all the students who performed in the Concerto Competition on Saturday, October 22. All of the pieces were well prepared and… read more about 2022 Concerto Competition Winners »


Violin and Cello Choir Concert
Nelson Music Room

Solo Recitals
Nelson Music Room

Help Support DUSS!

Erica Shirts with student

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.

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