Spring 2021 Program and Audition Information

Individual Lessons

Private Lesson Registration is now open. We plan to continue online lessons via Zoom through the spring 2021 semester. Students will receive 14 lessons per semester. If you still need to register, go HERE.

Spring Ensembles and Classes and Protocol

We are offering hybrid Violin/Cello Group Classes, Small String Orchestras, Chamber Groups, and Theory Classes. Groups will meet on alternate weekends (A/B Schedule) outdoors under the Biddle Building Portico or Baldwin Auditorium Tent.

ISO/CSO/YS students may participate in either a Small String Orchestra OR a Chamber Group. This is to minimize interaction, but maximize student participation opportunities. All ISO/CSO/YS students may participate in Hybrid or online-only Theory Classes.

Campus Protocol
- All people on campus must wear a mask with ear loops or ties around the head.
- All people must always maintain a 6-foot distance.
- Students and family members are not allowed in any Duke building.
- Students must bring their own stand, pencil, and chair (cellos/basses). Violinists and Violists will be standing for rehearsals.
- If anyone in the student's home has COVID symptoms or tests positive, students must stay home from rehearsals. Teachers will send regular emails to all students with practice assignments.
- All rehearsals will be 60 minutes. There will be 30 minute breaks between all groups so there is no overlap between rehearsals.
 
Rehearsal Spaces

Baldwin Tent: Can safely hold 28 people with 6 feet apart. We will cap ensembles at 22 students, 1 teacher, and 1 parent volunteer (24 people) to stay under the maximum capacity. Students rehearsing in the Baldwin Tent should be dropped off and picked up in the Baldwin Circle drive. Please do not block traffic on Markham when dropping off.

Biddle Portico: We will have 3 small chamber groups with 4-5 students with 1 instructor, with each group on different side of the building under the awning. Students rehearsing under the Biddle Portico should be dropped off and picked up in front of the building.

Schedule

A/B schedules for outdoor ensemble and classes will begin Saturday, March 6 and end Saturday, May 15.

Registration Deadline

Deadline for all ensemble, class registrations, scholarships, and audition materials is Wednesday, February 3 at 11:59pm.

Refunds

There will be no refunds if classes move online due to illness or inclement weather.

Ensembles, Classes, and Performance Festival Info

Violin/Cello Group Classes: Will meet for 1 hour on alternate weekends. They will also have 1-2 Zoom performance classes during the semester, scheduled by the teacher. Violin Choir Group Classes will meet in the Baldwin Tent and Cello Choir Group Classes will meet under the Biddle Building Portico. No auditions required for students remaining in last year's ensemble placement. Audition required if student did not participate Fall 2020 and would like to move up ensembles.

Small String Orchestras (ISO/CSO/YS levels) Will meet for 1 hour on alternate weekends. Small String Orchestras will meet in the Baldwin Tent. They will also have the opportunity to participate in 1-2 Performance Classes with their conductor during the semester. No auditions required for students remaining in last year's ensemble placement. Audition required if student did not participate Fall 2020 and would like to move up ensembles.

Chamber Groups (ISO/CSO/YS levels) Will meet for 1 hour with DUSS faculty on alternate weekends. Chamber groups will meet at either the Baldwin Tent or Biddle Portico. Students will meet virtually with their coach 1-2 times during the semester. Audition required if student did not participate Fall 2020.

DUSS-Ciompi Quartet Collaborative chamber groups Will meet for 1 hour with DUSS factulty and Ciompi Quartet members at either the Baldwin Tent or Biddle Portico for a total of 6 coachings. Students will have 1 virtual meeting with each coach during the semester. DCC students will also have at least 1 special event during spring TBD. No audition required for returning DCC members.

Theory II: can be taken in hybrid or online-only format. 4-5 students will be able to attend class in-person under the Biddle Building Portico while the other participants join via Zoom. No audition required. Students must have participated in Theory I or receive permission from instructor.

The DUSS Performance Festival will take the place of our usual Solo Recitals if we are not able to have recitals indoors. All past and present DUSS students age 5-18 are welcome to participate. Students will submit a video of a prepared solo and receive feedback from a DUSS instructor, receive a rating, and a certificate. Winners in each age/level category will be included in an Honors Recital video, shared with the DUSS listserve. Learn more about the Performance Festival HERE.

Spring Fall Ensemble and Class Schedule and Fees HERE

 

Audition Guidelines

Audition video submission is required for all new students wishing to participate in an ensemble or chamber group, or students who did not participate in Fall 2020 ensembles. Students will submit one scale and one solo piece to be placed in an ensemble OR chamber group. Memorization of selected scale and piece is preferred but not required.

Students should confirm selections with their teacher before submitting. Students preparing lengthy solo pieces need only record a maximum of 5 minutes of the piece. Students with shorter pieces should record the entire piece. Students should follow the ensemble guidelines for piece selection listed HERE. There is no sight reading component for Spring 2021 auditions.

Recordings should be made between September 6, 2020 - February 2021. Audition results will be emailed approximately 1 week after the deadline.

Students who participated in Fall 2020 and sent in an audition tape do not re-audition for Spring 2021. Student ensemble placement is ensured for future participation if any student does not participate during COVID restrictions.

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Deadline for all ensemble, class registrations, scholarships, and audition materials is Wednesday, February 3 at 11:59pm.

There are 2 ways to submit an audition video:

  1. Upload a scale and solo piece to YouTube and send the video link(s) to: dukestringschool@gmail.com. We recommend you make the video “unlisted” so that it is not public. Student's full name and the piece must be in the subject line of the email.
  2. Upload the scale and solo piece to your own Google Drive Folder and share the folder with dukestringschool@gmail.com  with “edit access”. Student’s full name must be in the title of the Google Drive Folder. Please include the piece title in the name of the video or in the folder.

Note: Do not delete the video for 1 month so that we can have access to it. If you delete the video from your Google Drive, we will not  be able to view it. You may receive multiple emails from teachers’ emails requesting permission to view the video.

We will conduct our usual orchestra, leadership, and group class auditions again when it is safe to resume regular rehearsals. During these unprecedented times, we realize you likely have additional questions. Please send those to katharine.whitmore@duke.edu.