Duke University String School

Duke University String 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.

Alongside our emphasis on excellence and access, DUSS fosters inspiration in musicianship.  Students are exposed to a wide range of musical styles, from Baroque to Romantic, from Fiddle to Pop–and they receive a solid technical and theoretical foundation so that they have the tools to interpret, create, and compose across this range of musical styles. Master classes and workshops with world-renowned performers connect DUSS students to sources of inspiration in our community and beyond.

Our Mission

To train young musicians of diverse backgrounds in the region’s premier string education program.

What Sets Us Apart

The Duke University String School is the only program in the region that offers private lessons, group study, chamb

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