The School

In residence on Duke’s beautiful campus, the Duke University String School is a string education program for students aged 5-18 who commit to their instrument through practice, weekly lessons, and ensemble instruction.  Dedicated to excellence, we provide students with clear goals for advancement while fostering a love for music and opportunities for lasting friendships.

Since its founding in 1967 by Mrs. Dorothy Kitchen and Mrs. Arlene DiCecco, DUSS has a 50-year tradition of facilitating access to music education for any child.  The Duke University String School is committed to being accessible to any student, regardless of financial status, who is passionate about music and interested in a program fostering excellence in a supportive atmosphere.

Community connection through performance enhances learning for DUSS students and connects community members with the music and the musicians. Currently, students perform throughout the year at Duke, and also twice annually with the North Carolina Symphony Ovations program.

What We Offer

A comprehensive string education at the Duke University String School includes:

Private Lessons​

Experienced teaching artists train violin, viola, cello, and bass students. Students have one solo recital performance opportunity each semester.

Supplemental Group Classes

Young violinists and cellists benefit as they build technique, repertoire, and friendships through music.

Large Orchestral Ensembles​

Intermediate and advanced students grow listening, technique, and camaraderie.

Theory Classes

Students gain a deeper understanding of the building blocks of music.

Chamber Music String Quartet

In a small group, each student plays an important role in creating a performance.

Masterclasses

Masterclasses offer a solo performance experience in a supportive environment. Students perform and then get immediate feedback from a professional musician. 

The Duke University String School is a non-profit organization under the auspices of Duke University.
 
  • Concert String Orchestra Violin Section
    Concert String Orchestra Violin Section
  • Solo Recital Performance
    Solo Recital Performance
  • Concerto Competition Honorable Mention Performance
    Concerto Competition Honorable Mention Performance
  • Cello Choir Performance
    Cello Choir Performance
  • Youth Symphony Violinists
    Youth Symphony Violinists
  • Beginner Violin Choir
    Beginner Violin Choir
  • Youth Symphony  Bass and Cello Section Rehearsing
    Youth Symphony Bass and Cello Section Rehearsing
  • Solo Recital Performance
    Solo Recital Performance