Youth Symphony News

February 3, 2021

This intriguing piece by Hubert Parry was commissioned by Helen, Countess of Radnor, who lived in Longford Castle near Salisbury, England. She was a woman who pushed boundaries for the Victorian era, including commissioning this piece for orchestra, and then conducted it herself! I look forward to... read more »

September 18, 2020

I'm looking forward to working on these great pieces with the Youth Symphony Violin Virtuosi this fall! See PDF attachments below. -Erica Shirts read more »

March 1, 2020

Welcome to the 2020 spring semester with DUSS Youth Symphony! Please download your music for the spring 2020 concert here. Russian Easter Overture was composed by Rimsky-Krosakov in 1888 and... read more »

November 5, 2019

Welcome to the 2019-20 winter semester with DUSS Youth Symphony! Please download your music here. Shoshtakovich’s Festive Overture is a vivacious and brilliant orchestral firework that it... read more »

September 6, 2019

Welcome to the 2019 fall semester with the DUSS Youth Symphony! Please download your music here. El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat or Le tricorne) is a... read more »

July 24, 2019

Dear Youth Symphony Students, The following are excerpts for the upcoming leadership auditions for violins, violas, cellos, and bass students for the YS.  Applicants will be judged by their musicality, steady tempo, solid intonation, ability to cue, rhythm, posture, and technique. Throughout the... read more »

March 15, 2019

The Heiligenstadt Testament of Ludwig Van Beethoven Notes by W. T. S. Thackara The Heiligenstadt Testament,* an early will written by Ludwig van Beethoven to his brothers Carl and Johann, is a remarkable document.... read more »

February 21, 2019

The Symphony No. 5 in C minor of Ludwig van Beethoven, ... read more »

University Carillonneur to Retire After 53 Years
January 14, 2019

Mr Sam Hammond has long been a treasure to all of us at DUSS.  Please see this wonderful article about him and his lifelong dedication to our Duke community!... read more »