News & Events

July 23, 2021

We are thrilled to finally confirm that Duke is in the process of approving our in-person ensembles in the Biddle Building for this fall. We will be requiring that all students, parents, teachers and staff wear masks indoors and implementing social distancing guidelines with maximum room... read more »

June 28, 2021

Dear DUSS Families and Friends, We continue to be tentative about our fall scheduling and rehearsal plans as Duke as not made a final decision regarding community activities inside Duke University buildings. However, we would like to share our current concert schedule and plans so that you can put... read more »

Sam Hammond
February 25, 2021

It is with great sadness that we report that our wonderful J. Samuel Hammond passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at his home. A volunteer with DUSS since its inception in 1967, Mr. Hammond accompanied countless string students on the piano in orchestras, violin and cello choirs,... read more »

September 1, 2020

Go HERE for Spring 2021 programs and protocol. read more »

May 20, 2020

DUSS has openings in several studios for private lessons! Ensembles are not currently meeting and we do not know when it will be safe to meet in large numbers, but we are actively offering 30, 45, and 60 minute private lessons via Zoom for students age 6-18.* Register as New Student to start the... read more »

Violin and Cello Choir Virtual Concert
April 29, 2020

Dear DUSS Families and Friends, We are pleased to share the virtual concert of our Beginner Violins and our Cello and Violin Choirs.  This concert has been made possible by DUSS parent Paul Giralt who spent many hours editing and putting the virtual concert together.  Thank you, Paul!  And thank... read more »

Teacher Virtual Meeting
March 20, 2020

All 2020 Spring Concerts will be canceled in order to comply with Duke policies aimed at stopping the spread of the of the Coronavirus. We are very sad we will not be able to have our end-of-year concerts, but we are hopeful for a quick containment of the virus so that we can play music together... read more »

LIve Stream on Youtube tonight at 6:30 EST
February 22, 2020

We are pleased to announce that our Saturday, February 22nd DUSS Orchestra Concert was live streamed, courtesy of Rick Nelson. Clicking here to see the recording of the live stream event featuring this year's Concerto... read more »

Peter and the Wolf Concert
February 6, 2020

Young families and community members filled nearly every seat in the Nelson Music Room on Saturday, February 1st while the Duke String School faculty and friends took the stage to perform Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, narrated by David Ballantyne of WCPE and conducted by Shelley Livingston. The... read more »

Mimi Zweig Residency
September 25, 2019

The Duke University String School is pleased to bring Mimi Zweig, Professor of Violin and Viola at the Jacobs School of Music and Director of the Indiana University String Academy to Durham to work with the... read more »