DUSS-Ciompi Quartet Collaborative

DCC

The DUSS-Ciompi Quartet Collaborative (DCC) is an intensive chamber music and orchestral program based at Duke University for advanced musicians age 12-18 beginning fall 2018.

DCC Students will be coached weekly with members of the Ciompi Quartet and DUSS faculty and participate in master classes with visiting professional soloists and chamber musicians throughout the year. Student performers will attain new levels of technical proficiency and musical expression while making exciting discoveries within the world of chamber music as they polish repertoire in coachings and self-guided rehearsals.

The DCC students will have multiple opportunities to perform with their chamber ensemble in Duke University’s beautiful venues and around the Triangle. They will also participate in the DUSS Youth Symphony, a high level full symphony which performs standard orchestral repertoire in three yearly appearances in the Baldwin Auditorium.

Students of the DCC Participate in:

  • 4 hours of rehearsals and coachings each Saturday
    • 1 hour chamber coaching; 12 total each semester, generally @8:45am or 12:45pm
      • 6 coachings with DUSS faculty, 6 coachings with Ciompi Quartet member
    • 1 hour student chamber rehearsal in a reserved space in the Biddle Music Building, @8:45/12:45
    • 2 hours full orchestra rehearsal with the DUSS Youth Symphony, @10:15–12:15
  • 1 chamber performance on Duke campus each semester
  • 3 orchestra performances in Baldwin Auditorium each semester
  • Several solo and chamber master classes with professional musicians each semester, generally @2pm
  • Opportunities for community performances throughout the year
  • The Next Generation Residency, October 20-21, audition tape and fee waived

Student Semester Fee:

  • $525, students not taking lessons through DUSS (orchestra fee included)
  • $400, students taking lessons through DUSS (orchestra fee is included in lesson fee)

Auditions: Take place each fall, typically during the last weekend of August. See Calendar for dates each year.

  • See Youth Symphony Orchestra guidelines for audition details, as the same audition material applies. One Audition serves the requirement to audition for both the Youth Symphony and DCC.
    • Students may request who they would like to play with in their chamber group, however the audition is on an individual basis and we cannot insure that groups will remain together.
    • Students currently in the Youth Symphony will need to audition to join the DCC. Once a student is in the DCC, they do not need to re-audition to remain in the DCC in following years.
  • Students who do not place into the DUSS-Ciompi Collaborative are encouraged to participate in chamber music and ensembles through DUSS to prepare for future auditions.
  • All students auditioning for the first time must Register in order to receive an audition sign-up link from our staff assistant, Katharine Whitmore.

*DCC is primarily designed for string players, however pianists, harpists, and wind players are welcome to audition.

  • Ciompi Quartet
    Ciompi Quartet
  • DUSS Youth Symphony
    DUSS Youth Symphony