New Student Application

Instructions for applying for the first time to the Duke University String School:

If you are new to the Duke String School, please complete and submit the New Student Application form.

There is a one-time non-refundable application fee of $30 for all new students. Please contact Katharine Whitmore.

All new students, click the "Application Process" tab on the left for detailed information.

After reading the "Application Process" page, click on the "New Student Application Form" and fill it out as completely as possible Families with multiple children may use the same form for the whole family. Do not fill out this form if you are a returning student!

A "Thank you for your registration" message will let you know you have completed your registration. Katharine Whitmore will send you additional information and the application fee within one week.

After you have been accepted as a private student and/or an ensemble, Katharine will send you a payment link.

We encourage parents to pay for String School online and you will receive details from Katharine. Payment by check is also an option.

  • Private lesson students: your full payment or your first of two installments is due before your first lesson of each semester.  
  • Orchestra only students: your payments are due during the 2nd week of September for fall semester and 2nd week of January for spring semester.  
  • If you wish to pay in installments, please write a note in the Questions and Comments Box at the end of the form. There is no extra fee if you decide to pay in installments.
  • Late Fee: If full payment or first installment is not paid by due date, there will be a $30 late fee.  Final installments not paid by the end of the semester will also incur a $30 late fee.
If you have any questions, please email Katharine at